2021-2022 Brenau University Catalog 
    Mar 23, 2023  
2021-2022 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors Program

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Wenwen Guo, Director

The Brenau Honors Program offers students tangible benefits and defined outcomes. In addition to classes emphasizing critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary learning opportunities, students have the opportunity for individual attention from professors and mentors, travel experiences, and professional development as part of their senior capstone project. Students in the Brenau Honors Program will experience enhanced opportunities for study, critical thinking, scholarship, mentoring, and professional development. Students will also develop lasting connections to a like-minded peer group.

Program Description  The Brenau Honors Program consists of three levels: a foundational honors experience in the core curriculum, an honors research enhancement, and professional development during the senior year. Students who wish to complete the Honors Program should take at least 4 Honors courses (designated HN), complete an advanced research course in their majors, and fulfill requirements for HN 499 Senior Honors Capstone , a professional development course.

Program Admittance  The top percentage of first-year students, determined by high school GPA and SAT scores, are invited into the program prior to the beginning of their freshman year. Other interested students, including transfer students, may join the program through an interview with the Director. Additionally, non-honors students may take honors classes based on sufficient interest and strong academic performance.

Other Advantages and Opportunities  Honors Program courses are designated on the transcript. Students who complete all three levels of Honors Program requirements will receive a certificate of completion at the Honors Convocation and a designation of completion on their transcripts.

Students may “augment” a non-honors course at Brenau University by taking HN 260, a 1-hour Honors Augmentation course that allows students to pursue one of three tracks: scholarship, professional development, or a service project. HN 260 may be repeated up to two times with a different emphasis.

Challenge Curriculum

Students complete two or more of the following in their junior and senior years:

  1. Students present their research at a symposium or conference
  2. Students complete a study abroad program and take HN 250 Honors Research and Travel *  
  3. Students complete a double major
  4. Students complete a minor
  5. Students complete the Women’s Leadership Certificate
  6. Students complete HN 499 Senior Honors Capstone  

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