University Honors Scholars Program

Developing Christian Scholars who Model Christian Principles and Academic Excellence

Mission Statement

The mission of the John Brown University Honors Scholars Program is to attract and retain academically advanced students, to stimulate and challenge those students as Christian scholars and effective members of God's Kingdom, and to enrich the academic environment of the broader university community.

Description of the Program

The Honors Scholars Program (HSP) consists of enriched Core Curriculum courses developed especially for highly motivated students. Emphasizing the use of primary texts, instructors challenge students through individual research, critical reflection, incisive discussion, and interactive projects.

Honors Scholars are strongly encouraged to model Christian principles and good stewardship of their academic gifts through serving in leadership positions on campus and participating in service activities both on and off campus. The Honors Executive Council promotes scholarly presentations and service by the student body as a whole and serves as a peer support group for honors students. Honors Scholars often participate in regional, national, and international honors conferences, workshops, and semesters abroad. The Honors/Leaders Scholars Institute Center, available to Honors Scholars, provides an attractive location for studying, cooking, and tutoring.

Honors Scholars enter the Program at the lower division, which requires a minimum of nine hours of freshman/sophomore level honors courses. Students wishing to continue in the program must seek admission to the upper-division, where twelve hours of upper-division honors courses are to be completed. Eligibility for consideration to advance to the upper division is contingent upon prior completion of at least nine lower-division honors hours, three additional hours in progress, and an overall GPA of 3.5. Only after approval to move to the upper division may the scholar begin work on the upper-division component. Students choose to graduate at one of two levels: Presidential Honors (complete 21 honors hours along with an Honors Capstone Project) or University Honors (complete 21 honors hours). All courses are designated "Honors" on the transcript.


High school seniors are selected from a large and very well-qualified pool of applicants. Transfer students and currently-enrolled JBU students who have enough courses remaining to be taken for the Honors degree may also apply.

Eligibility for admission is based on SAT/ACT scores and submission of the Honor's application. Inquiries concerning the program should be addressed to Dr. Trisha Posey, Director of the Honors Scholars Program, John Brown University, 2000 West University Street, Siloam Springs, AR 72761 or e-mail

Transfer Policy

Students who transfer to JBU their sophomore year or the third year before graduation are required to take 15 hours of honors credits to graduate with honors.

Students who transfer to JBU their junior year or second year before graduation are required to take 12 hours of honors credits to graduate with honors.


The following list indicates the courses currently available to Honors Scholars, the Core Curriculum courses for which they may substitute, and the semesters they are offered. The program is subject to periodic review and change by the Honors Committee in order to keep the program relevant, innovative, and challenging.

Graduation Requirement

The HSP requires a 3.5 GPA (or 3.75 Honors GPA) for students wishing to graduate from the JBU Honors Scholars Program.

Honors Courses in relation to the Core Curriculum

Students who are not admitted to the Honors Scholars Program are not allowed to enroll in honors courses.

NumberHonors CourseCore CounterpartTerm Offered
EGL 1083 Honors: English I1
EGL 1013 Fall
EGL 1093 Honors: English II EGL 1023 Spring
BBL 1083 Honors: Old Testament Survey BBL 1013 Fall
BBL 1093 Honors: New Testament Survey BBL 1023 Spring
BIO 1093 Honors: Biological Science BIO 1003 Spring
HST 1083 Honors: Western Civilization I HST 1013 Fall
HST 1093 Honors: Western Civilization II HST 1023 Spring
PSY 1093 Honors: Introductory Psychology Social Science Fall
ECN 2093 Honors: Basic Economics Social Science Spring, odd
POL 2093 Honors: American Government POL 2013 Fall, even
COR 2591 Honors: Colloquium2   Upon Request
POL/RPH 3093 Honors Political Philosophy POL 3003 or RPH 3013 Spring, even
BBL 3083 Honors: Integrated Theology I3 BBL 4002
Fall, odd
BBL 4083 Honors: Integrated Theology II3 BBL 3003
Spring, even
COR 3093 Honors: Integrated Humanities I4 The Arts, Philosophy or EGL 4003
Fall, even
COR 4093 Honors: Integrated Humanities II4 The Arts, Philosophy or EGL 4003 Spring, odd
COR 3111 Honors: Introduction to the Honors Capstone Project   Fall
COR 3591 Honors: Colloquium2   Upon Request
COR 3691 Honors: Practicum   Upon Request


____ 4193    5Honors Capstone Project in _______

____ 4693     Honors Class Contract in _______

____ 4913    6Honors Co-Teaching: Readings in _______

____ 4923    6Honors Co-Teaching: Classroom Practicum in _______


1 If an incoming Honors Scholar wishes to establish credit for English I by CLEP, the exam must be taken before the first day of Honors: English I. Credit for English II is not available via CLEP.

2 May be repeated for up to three hours of credit.

3 Integrated Theology is a six-hour sequence of two interdisciplinary courses which together substitute for two requirements in the Core Curriculum (Evangelical Theology and Capstone Seminar in Christian Life). If a student completes only the first semester, the course will count for Capstone Seminar in Christian Life. Honors BBL 3083 is a prerequisite for BBL 4083.

4 Integrated Humanities is a six-hour sequence of two interdisciplinary courses which together substitute for three requirements in the Core Curriculum (Masterpieces of Literature, The Arts, and Philosophy). If a student completes only one of the semesters, the course will count for one of the three.

5 Though not required to do so, Honors Scholars are urged to complete an Honors Capstone Project in their major field of study during the junior or senior year. Projects are subject to recommendation by faculty in the appropriate department and approval by the Honors Committee. Guidelines for the Capstone Project may be obtained from the Honors Scholars Office. Supervising faculty receive the usual stipend for independent study, paid by the Honors Scholars Program Office.

6 A student may earn up to six upper-division honors hours by completing these non-traditional options: 4913 and 4923 which will be treated as independent studies. Students will be charged the independent study fee.

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