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The Harrison Honors Program

"Acceptance into the Harrison Honors Program helped me decide where I would attend college and introduced me to some of my closest friends. This program has made me realize my full potential as a scholar, and helped me become a more well-versed person.  By joining the Harrison Honors Program, I opened up countless opportunities for leadership roles, as well as travel to the Southern Regional Honors Council to interact with other honors programs from around the Southeast. I firmly believe that the Harrison Honors Program has made my experience at BSC much richer, and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a program."
--Sean McCarthy, class of 2016

Participation in the Donald C. Harrison Honors Program is more than an academic distinction; it is a springboard to new and exciting experiences. The program focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to topics, issues, and questions. Harrison Scholars look at problems from multiple perspectives, working together to find solutions—or resolutions—that fit in the complex world we find ourselves in.

One thing to note: you don’t have to be first in your class to be a Harrison Honors Scholar. What’s most important is that you’re open to new ideas and willing to incorporate, embrace, and encourage differences.BSC Honors Program Logo

Harrison Scholars:

  • Take special honors seminars, which are student-centered and usually limited to 16 to 18 students. They will hone your ability to listen, comment, and deliberate clearly.
  • Conduct an interdisciplinary, independent project framed in collaboration with the program director and a faculty sponsor.
  • Receive access to the Honors Commons (link to Honors Commons page) for meetings, events, and study time.
  • Are eligible for a research stipend of up to $3,000.
  • Receive priority registration, making it easier to get exactly the classes you want.
  • Have the opportunity to travel to present their scholarship at the Southern Regional Honors Council Conference.

Fourteen presented papers in Louisville, KY, in 2013; 11 presented in Tampa, FL in 2012.

  • May enroll in honors-only courses offered by the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE), which includes the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Miles College, the University of Montevallo, and Samford University.
  • Have a notation on their transcript that they graduated as honors students.

For more information, including a course listing, please visit the Special Programs section of the most recent issue of the Birmingham-Southern College Catalog.

Birmingham-Southern College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Southern Regional Honors Council and the Alabama Honors Council.

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