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.

Bailey Merritt and Emily Ashmead, Registration Day, 2019.

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).
  • Serve as a Tiger Tutor, mentoring students in FYE

Honors Program Overview (PDF)

2020-2021 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.

Research Symposium 2019

Honors Seminar Courses, Spring 2021

Honors 220W World Understanding

Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00-12:20, Dr. Heather Hollimon

This course, held in a seminar setting, offers students tools to identify ideological frameworks that shape government, society, and citizen interactions in the so-called civilized and uncivilized worlds. Students will also learn to build civic skills by participating in various forms of volunteering, campaigning, and community-organizing. This course satisfies the LE World Understanding Portal at the Honors Level.       (3 hrs) Hybrid Format. 

The Price of Refuge: The Global Refugee Crisis. #Nooneisillegal #Buildthewall #Refugeeswelcome #NoAmnesty. Have you seen any of these trending hashtags? Maybe you’ve seen the popular poem circulating on social media that includes the line “no one puts their child on a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” Certainly you’ve heard heated rhetoric from people on both sides of the refugee question. How much do you really know about this global problem which is reaching epidemic proportions? We will learn about the conditions which force people to flee their home country, the conditions which make countries more or less open to accepting refugees, the conditions which lead people to smuggle other humans across borders. Guest speakers include an immigration/asylum lawyer, a refugee scholar, and others to provide you with first-hand information about the different perspectives of the refugee question.

From left to right, Bridgett Tiller, Rachel Christina and Marlee Causey paint bowls for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch as part of an Artistic/Creative Imagination Honors Seminar. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Honors 240 Scientific & Analytic Curiosity

Monday, Wednesday, 8:00-9:20, President Anne Skleder

This course, held in a seminar setting, develops critical thinking and reasoning skills through the examination of issues of science, health, and medicine. This course satisfies the LE Scientific and Analytic Curiosity Portal at the Honors Level. (3 hrs)

Do you follow your horoscope to help you decide what to do? Have you wondered why people –including yourself–engage in superstition, or purchase Goop? Are you confused about whether vaccinations are more helpful than harmful? Is it difficult to reconcile conflicting statistics on social media? Do you have friends and family who you have a challenge talking about a controversial issue? Have you watched TEDTalks and asked yourself whether you could do a good one? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, this class is for you. We will learn about the difference between science and pseudoscience, the impact of bias on our thought processes and decision-making, and the history of many fallacies. The class is a student-centered seminar, and you will have the opportunity to dive deeply in an area relevant to the group.