We take great pride in our Scholars and their desire to make their academic careers at E&H individualized and unique.

Our Scholars are driven and passionate students who take charge of their own education. Honors Program Scholars at Emory & Henry have a unique opportunity to construct their own majors and/or minors. From their very first semester, our Scholars are encouraged to dream big dreams about what they hope to accomplish and to build an inventory of the skills and knowledge they will need to make those dreams a reality. If their interests are not met by any of Emory & Henry's established majors or minors, we encourage them to design their own Interdisciplinary Honors curriculum. This process of proposing a sequence of courses, individualized research projects, internships, and independent studies allows our Scholars to pursue their passions and to devise that set of courses and experiences that will best fit their educational needs. We are inspired by our Scholars who have designed their own majors and minors. They illustrate what is so special about the Honors curriculum at Emory & Henry, and we hope you will enjoy learning about why they crafted their own major/minor, how the process works, what they have learned and what are the most rewarding aspects of constructing their own majors and minors.

Jacob Dye, Class of 2019
Major(s): Political Science, Philosophy, Religion (IHD)

Jacob Dye is a sophomore Honors Scholar who self-crafted and combined his passions into his own major - “Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion." After graduation he plans on attending seminary and becoming a preacher. Jacob is involved in many things on campus including being the secretary for the Calliopean Debate Society, the coordinator for Encounter, and other Spiritual Life groups. He enjoys playing tennis, golf, fishing, hiking, and sitting around campfires with friends. Q. What would you tell first-year students about self-designing an interdisciplinary honors diploma? A. To a first-year student interested in self-designing, I would say not to rush into it. I didn’t make this decision until halfway through my second semester, and didn’t finalize it until the very last few days of the semester. Until then, explore your options and your interests. Take advantage...  Read More →


Ruthann Froberg is a Chemistry and self-crafted Public Health double major and French minor. She is a rising senior at Emory & Henry and is excited for another year at Emory. Although she loves learning and her academic studies, Ruthann also has spent time as SGA Treasurer, part of TEDxEHC 2016, and has started a mentorship program for girls at Glade Spring Middle School that she is hoping to continue. Ruthann also is an Enrolled Agent and has been doing tax and accounting work for a CPA for the past several years. When she is not studying or working Ruthann loves to read anything from comics to historical nonfiction to Jane Austen novels, spend time with her cohort (IE, some of the best people in the world), and to travel in the U.S. and abroad. After graduating from Emory Ruthann plans to continue her academic studies to prepare for a job in dementia care. Having seen how dementia has affected her family and grandparents, Ruthann truly desires to create comfortable and healthy environments for people with dementia and to dialogue about end of life care and how to make it better. Q. What would you tell first-year students about self-designing an Interdisciplinary Diploma? A. Try it. If you are...  Read More →

sean collier, class of 2018
majors: mathematics & music;
minor (IHD): pre-acoustic concepts and context

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Sean Collier is a Juniors Honors Program Scholar from the little town of Marion nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Aside from being a part of the Honors Program he is also involved in the Bonner Program, Concert and Chamber choirs, Marching Band, Math Club, the E&H Chamber Winds, the Wind Ensemble and tutoring and mentoring. In what free time Sean can find he enjoys arranging and composing music and spending time with friends and family. Sean is pursuing a double major in Mathematics and Music with a self-designed minor in Pre-Acoustic Concepts and Context - "a minor settled within the rich connections between physics, mathematics and music." After E&H he hopes to continue his education in Acoustics or Applied Mathematics and to work with patients through the field of Bioacoustics.  Read More →

Banner photograph provided by Jessica Myer '18