Jun 25, 2021  
Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 Archived Catalog

Honors Scholars Program

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 model Christian principles and good stewardship of their academic gifts through serving in leadership positions and participating in service activities both on and off campus. The Honors Student Executive Council promotes scholarly presentations and service to the student body and provides peer support for honors students. Honors Scholars participate in regional, national, and international honors conferences, workshops, and semesters abroad. The Honors/LSI Center, available to Honors Scholars, provides an attractive location for studying, tutoring, and watching movies.

Honors Scholars enter the Program at Tier One, which requires a minimum of nine hours of freshman/sophomore level honors courses. Advancement to Tier Two is contingent upon prior completion of at least nine lower-division honors hours and an overall GPA of 3.5 (or 3.75 Honors GPA). Only after approval to move to Tier Two may the Scholar begin work on Tier Two courses. Students choose to graduate with University Honors (complete 21 honors hours) or Presidential Honors (complete 21 honors hours along with an Honors Capstone Project). All courses are designated “Honors” on the transcript.


High school seniors are selected from a large, well-qualified pool of applicants. Transfer students and currently-enrolled JBU students who have enough courses remaining to be taken in the Honors Scholars Program may also apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with an early consideration deadline of February 15.

Eligibility for admission is based on SAT/ACT scores, high school GPA, 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 email tposey@jbu.edu.

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 and maintain a 3.5 GPA (or 3.75 Honors GPA) 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 and maintain a 3.5 GPA (or 3.75 Honors GPA) 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 academically rigorous.

Graduation Requirement

The HSP requires a cumulative 3.5 GPA (or a cumulative 3.75 Honors GPA) for students wishing to graduate through 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.

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

COR 4193 5Honors Capstone Project
COR 4693  Honors Class Contract
COR 4913 6Honors Co-Teaching: Readings
COR 4923 6Honors Co-Teaching: Classroom Practicum

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 Program Blackboard site. 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 4913 and 4923 which will be treated as independent studies. Students will be charged the independent study fee.