University Honors Program


Welcome to the University Honors Program at Georgia Southern University. We provide an enhanced educational environment for bright and motivated students who seek a distinctive and challenging undergraduate experience. The Program is designed as a “college within a college” where students have access to smaller classes and enriching seminars and, at the same time, enjoy the opportunities provided by a large, complex, comprehensive university.

Honors education has been at Georgia Southern since 1982, when the Bell Honors Program was founded. Each year a class of honors students would rise to the curricular challenges shaped by then-director Dr. Hewitt Joiner. The current University Honors Program began in 1998, and was designed to create honors experiences for more students. The program now has over 500 students and its reach is across all colleges and in all disciplines.

Students in the University Honors Program engage in a variety of experiences that facilitate the education of the whole person. While the life of the mind is at the core of the educational experience, we also offer leadership development opportunities, co-curricular events, and service-learning opportunities. In fact, our experiential learning program allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world environment on campus and in the local community. These kinds of learning opportunities help ideas come to life and make for a more rewarding and meaningful undergraduate education.

The culmination of the University Honors Program experience is the Honors Thesis or Capstone Project which involves students engaging in undergraduate research projects under the supervision of faculty mentors. Students who complete the entire course of study and the Honors Thesis are well prepared for law school, medical school, graduate school, a career, or whatever path they seek to follow.

Through our pages you will read about the opportunities available to our students, the great faculty who make these opportunities happen, and the many accomplishments resulting from the work of our students and faculty.

Last updated: 11/23/2016

University Honors Program • PO Box 8130 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-7926