Honors Program


The Brenau Honors Program offers students an extraordinary experience, enhancing their program of study with small seminar courses, collegial peers, creative approaches, and collaborative learning. Program completion brings recognition and a competitive advantage.

Foundational Honors Experience in the Core Curriculum

Honors Program students complete 4 or more seminars in partial fulfillment of the Liberal Education core curriculum in years one and two:

  • HN 210 Communication & Language Fluency (3 hrs)
  • HN 220 World Understanding (3 hrs)
  • HN 230 Artistic & Creative Imagination (3 hrs)
  • HN 240 Scientific & Analytic Curiosity (3 hrs)
  • HN 250 Travel & Research (3 hrs)
  • HN 260 Course Augmentation (1 hr)

Honors Challenge Curriculum

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

  • Present research at a conference or symposium
  • Participate in a study abroad program and take HN 250
  • Earn a double major
  • Earn a minor
  • Earn the Women’s Leadership Certificate
  • Complete HN 499 Honors Capstone (1-3 hrs).

2019-2020 Honors Program Plan (PDF)

Honors Augmentation Request Form (DOCX)

For more information about the Honors Program, please contact Dr. Debra Dobkins at ddobkins@brenau.edu.

Honors Seminar Courses, Fall 2019

Honors 210 Communication and Language Fluency

Tuesday, Thursday, 9:30-10:50, Dr. Juli Clay

This course, held in a seminar setting, offers students the opportunity to gain speaking skills by participating in one or more Reacting to the Past games. This course satisfies the LE Communication and Language Fluency Portal at the Honors level. (3 hrs)

Hamilton fans, have you ever wondered how you would have handled the events leading up to the American Revolution? After watching The 300, did you consider what life in Sparta may have been like? Come play with us! In Honors 210, we will be developing our oral and written communication and research skills while playing games involving role playing, strategy and negotiation. According to the Reacting to the Past Consortium, “students will be obliged to adhere to the philosophical and intellectual beliefs of the historical figures they have been assigned to play, but they must devise their own means of expressing those ideas persuasively, in papers, speeches, or other public presentations; and students must also pursue a course of action they think will help them win the game.”

Honors 230 Artistic and Creative Imagination

Tuesday, Thursday, 2-3:20 p.m., Dr. Debra Dobkins

This course, held in a seminar setting, is designed to give students a theoretical and practical venue for creative and/or artistic projects. Such venues may include art, writing, theatre, radio, dance, or sculpture. This course satisfies the LE World Artistic and Creative Imagination Portal at the Honors Level. (3 hrs)

Georgia Women, Georgia Voices. Grounded in the red clay of Georgia, the women we will encounter in this seminar speak to us across space and time, race and class in distinctive voices tinged by southern accents. From the hills of north Georgia to the piney woods of middle Georgia to the coastal plains of south Georgia, these women tell their sometimes harrowing, sometimes lyrical but always unique stories that once heard can never be forgotten. The class will explore the lives and legacies of some of Brenau’s most famous—and infamous—alumnae, analyze fiction by seminal and emerging writers, and read a memoir that both breaks our hearts and affirms life in its most vivid forms. Students will hear the voices of these women shaped by Georgia as they examine the complex ways in which place informs their own stories.

Brenau students stand in silence around fountain
Brenau students in Associate Professor Heather Hollimon's honors seminar, HN 220, stand around the Grace Hooten Moore Memorial Fountain and read the names of each Parkland Memorial shooting victim after a bell rang from Grace Episcopal Church in memory. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

General inquiries: info@brenau.edu or +1-800-252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu or +1-800-252-5119 ext. 6100
Brenau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.