Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Tier One
Students may choose from approximately twenty honors course options including honors-specific Gateway. The majority of honors classes fulfill JBU's core requirements.

Tier Two
Honor students who complete a minimum of nine hours and maintain an overall 3.5 GPA or 3.75 in honors classes may promote to tier two after their sophomore year or fourth semester. Once students have promoted, they complete a total of 21 honors hours to graduate with honors.

Completion of the program is highlighted at an Honors Convocation in which honor students are awarded honor stoles and at graduation by the presentation of a special Honors Degree diploma. Presidential honor students must complete 21 hours of honors courses, including a senior thesis (capstone) project in their major or minor. Students who graduate with University Honors, must complete 21 hours of honors courses but are not required to complete a senior thesis (capstone) project. All honor students must maintain a 3.5 (or 3.75 honors) GPA to graduate from the program.

Honors Courses 

Freshman and Sophomore:
COR 1002   Honors Gateway   Every Fall
EGL 1083H   English I   Every Fall
EGL 1093H   English II   Every Spring
BBL 1083H   Old Testament Survey   Every Fall
BBL 1093H   New Testament Survey   Every Spring
BIO 1093H   Biology   Every Spring
PSY 1093H   Introductory Psychology   Every Fall
COR 2591H   Colloquium   Every Semester
Junior and Senior:        
BBL 3083H   Integrated Theology I   Fall, Odd
BBL 4083H   Integrated Theology II   Spring, Even
COR 3093H   Integrated Humanities I   Every Fall
COR 4093H   Integrated Humanities II   Every Spring
POL 3093H   Political Philosophy   Spring, Even
COR 3111H   Intro to Capstone   Every Fall
COR 3591H   Colloquium   Every Semester

Recommended: 3 hours of thesis in the major on upper level (not required).


Capstone Requirements 

The purpose of the Presidential Capstone project is to provide students in honors the opportunity to conduct research based on their specific interests, gifts, passions or goals within their discipline. Projects can include musical compositions, short stories, illustrations and research papers. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member in their major to select, research, write and complete the Presidential Capstone usually during their junior or senior year. The project is often considered equivalent to a graduate-level assignment and allows the student to demonstrate competence for graduate school or employment.

Presidential Capstone Requirements
Honors: Intro to Capstone course (CR3111) is required during the fall semester before beginning the project. To complete the requirements, the final project must be presented to the JBU community at Celebration of Academic Excellence. An accompanying Faith and Integration Essay--which explains how the student's research and faith influence one another--must also be presented to the community.

Formatting Guidelines
Students are required to submit their completed Presidential Capstone electronically to the HSP Office the Friday before finals week. Each project must have a title page with the project's title, the student's name, the supervising professor's name and the date of submission. The paper must be formatted to a 1.5" left margin. All other margins should be 1 inch. A 12-point, Times New Roman font, must appear double-spaced throughout. The body of the paper is to be formatted according to the specific style guidelines of the student's academic discipline.

The supervising professor will send final assessment rubrics and project assessment to the HSP Office prior to graduation.


Every year, JBU honors students have the opportunity to present their research at recognized research conferences across the country. In the 2017-18 school year alone, students presented their work at 12 regional presentations and 20 national presentations.