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Honors College

East Tennessee State University










University, Midway, Fine & Performing Arts, Honors-In-Discipline and Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars Programs
provide students the opportunity to complete an Honors Baccalaureate degree in their academic major. Selection to an Honors Scholars program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on their academic accomplishments, writing, major coursework, extra-curricular activities, and contributions to their communities. Honors Scholars experience a strong sense of community and diversity, as well as access to exceptional academic programs, support, research, distinctive opportunities, and recognition not available at many universities.

Research is a central component of an Honors experience at ETSU. The Honors College ensures that undergraduates can work with top university faculty on cutting-edge research. These opportunities expose students to actual scholarship and practice in their chosen field of study. 2016 research opportunities produced the following:

  • 21 Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grants awarded
  • 3 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships awarded
  • 52 students funded to present at professional conferences
  • 86 student presentations at the Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium, ETSU
  • 22 faculty and 27 student Research Discovery Work Study positions
  • 6 student presentations at Posters-at-the-Capitol in Nashville, TN
  • 10 student research presentations at the SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), Spartanburg, SC
  • 4 student research presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference, Seattle, WA
    (one winning prestigious award for best poster

Experiential Learning opportunities in the Honors College recognize the value of unique field courses, exchange programs, internships, student activities and service opportunities that make the world a classroom. With a variety of funding sources, knowledgeable advisors and expertise across all fields of study, the Honors College is committed to supporting our students as they pursue — and achieve — their individual passions and dreams.

  • NEW Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars program providing high-achieving students opportunities to develop as active citizens, scholars, and leaders.
  • ETSU @ JCU is a semester study abroad program with John
    Cabot University, Rome, an American university with
    pre-approved curriculum.
  • Assisted faculty in eight different departments with development of new summer study abroad programs in Canada, Ecuador, England, Japan, Italy, Nicaragua, Spain, and Turkey.
  • Outstanding Honors Thesis in Humanities student award offered
    by a partnership with Sherrod Library, Gale Cengage Learning,
    and departments of Literature & Language, History, and
    Philosophy & Humanities.
  • Model United Nations Student Organization has sent an ETSU delegation to either the national or international Model UN conferences for the past six years, with help from the Honors College, external donors, and the Student Government Association.
  • Model UN and International Student Association have been recognized for International Day of Peace events for the past four years
    (Summit Awards, ETSU Student Affairs).
  • 37 ETSU students have attended The Washington Center for internships (e.g., Brookings Institute; Voice of America; Amnesty International; US Attorney General’s Office) since 2008.




2017 College Updates

  • New Presidential Honors Community Service program for fall 2017
  • New 2016 Honors-In-Discipline programs in Early Childhood Education
    and Special Education
  • New  Storytelling minor added to the Fine and Performing Arts Scholars program
  • 360 ETSU students are participating in Honors programs across campus
  • 200+ Honors Theses available online via the ETSU Honors College Thesis Repository

Our incoming classes for 2016/2017

  • 24 University Honors Scholars from FL, IN, NC, SC, TN, VA
  • 18 Fine & Performing Arts Scholars from NC, TN, VA
  • 22 Midway Honors Scholars from NJ, NC, TN, VA
  • 89 Honors-in-Discipline Scholars from NJ, NC, OH, SC, TN, VA, Nigeria, Sweden, and Bangladesh








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