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Dr. Scott Cook
Honors Coordinator
Associate Professor of History scook@mscc.edu
(931) 393-1738
Simon Hall 111

Nathan K. Sweeton
Honors Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of English
nsweeton@mscc.edu
(615) 220-7804
Smyrna Campus

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Motlow College provides an education of exceptional quality with highly motivated faculty and students. The Honors Program offers a sense of community and collegiality for students who have a passion for learning, a drive to seek academic excellence, and a desire to learn more. The free exchange of ideas and the willingness to learn from other students make the Honors Program a productive and meaningful academic experience. A decision to join the Honors Program will make a difference in students' futures - personally, academically, and professionally.

Why Take Honors Courses?

  • Students in Honors courses attend core curriculum classes and interdisciplinary honors seminars with other honors students. Restricting these classes to highly qualified students allows the classes to focus on
    quality work and the free exchange of ideas
    .
  • They work in an independent fashion to achieve higher quality of work. Greater quantity of work is not an objective.
  • They learn from highly motivated faculty, who share passions for academic excellence, the quest for knowledge, students, and the Honors Program.
  • They participate in field trips, class projects, and other special activities to enhance learning.
  • They have the opportunity to form lasting friendships with other students committed to academic excellence.
  • They participate in classes that approach subjects in unique ways.
  • They enjoy a competitive advantage when applying for acceptance to future colleges or for financial aid.
  • They receive distinction as Honors students on resumes and job applications.
  • They have the ability to apply for Honors Scholarships.
  • They receive special recognition at graduation.
  • They receive preferred eligibility for other scholarships and programs at other Tennessee Board of Regents colleges as well as at other independent colleges and universities. (Graduates of the Motlow Honors Program
    have received scholarships to continue their educations at institutions such as Vanderbilt University,
    The University of the South, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University,
    Austin Peay State University, and The University of Tennessee.)

Completing the Honors Scholar Program

The Honors Scholar Program is a college-wide curriculum that provides a path to excellence for academically talented students who want to derive maximum benefit from their educational experience. The program is designed for students who want the distinction of completing an entire program of Honors courses and thereby graduating as an Honors Scholar.

Eligible students may choose to complete a requisite number of Honors courses. Students may satisfy the requirements for any Area of Emphasis or Tennessee Transfer Pathway, graduate with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and earn twenty-one hours from Honors courses with at least six hours in English Honors, three hours in Interdisciplinary Studies Honors Seminar courses (IDSH 1020, 1021, 1022, or 1023), and one service learning course (IDSH 1001).

For more information, please contact the Motlow College Honors Coordinator:

Dr. Scott Cook, Moore County Main Campus (931) 393-1738
Nathan Sweeton, (615) 220-7804, Office: SM135

Honors Scholarship Application