Our academic community values intellectual inquiry and creative approaches to teaching and learning.
The Honors Difference is Your Advantage
There are many benefits you will experience as an honors student at Southwest.
- Learn “Outside the Box”: Working with faculty who like to experiment with new approaches means that the classroom is never dull. With an emphasis on experiential and student-driven methods, honors education challenges the idea that learning should confined to the classroom or a lecture format. In honors courses, students will find a collaborative and innovative environment that will spur their academic and personal growth. Smaller class size gives students the support they need to take those intellectual risks.
- Be part of a campus community: In addition to courses reserved specifically for honors students, honors spaces on campus and year-round honors events help create a close-knit community that results in life-long friendships. Located in MAB 139 on the Macon campus, the HIPI lounge is a place where students can study, use computers, or relax and enjoy a free snack. At the Union campus, an exclusive honors lounge can be found in Building B, Room 210.
- Participate in local, regional, and national conferences: Honors students have opportunities to present their research on and off campus to hone their presentation skills, network with other students and faculty in their field of study, and build their résumés.
- Travel Abroad: Honors students have the option to study abroad as part of their capstone course, Honors Inquiry. You can go anywhere from here!
- Earn an honors designation on your diploma: To graduate with an honors designation on the diploma, honors students must take at least 15 honors credits, including Honors Inquiry, and graduate with at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
- High Impact Practices and
Innovation (HIPI) Office
- Macon Cove Campus Academic Building B, Room 139
- Susanna Jackson, Coordinator
- Macon Cove Campus Whitehead Building, Room 25
- Dr. Julie Lester, Coordinator
- Union Avenue Campus UF310D
Honors Spotlight: Where Are They Now?
Our first honoree is Sophia Hahn, who graduated from Southwest with an A.S. degree in sociology in the spring of 2018. Sophia is currently a Peer Power Success Coach at Melrose High School, while she completes her bachelor's degree in World Languages from the University of Memphis. Sophia aspires to become a teacher, because "Teaching is my passion," she says, and it shows. Although graduated from Southwest, she still allows time in her busy schedule to tutor multiple students at Southwest. Sophia has as her goal to enter the MAT program at UofM and teach English, German, and ESL. She reflects fondly on her time with the Honors Academy, where she served as president, saying that the friendships she found there, and the strong bonds she enjoyed with faculty and students made Honors much like an extended family. "[Honors] gave me the confidence to push myself to my greatest potential," she says. "It was a family full of endless support."