Honors Institute

Bryan College
Honors Institute

The Overarching Goal of the Bryan College Honors Institute is to aid students in the formation process of a sublime life in the spiritual, intellectual, and moral realms.

Supporting Goals

  • Judicial — Students will be equipped to express advanced thoughts in written and oral forms about subject matters in various disciplines, particularly in their major discipline area of study.
  • Respectful — Students will be prepared to utilize and maximize critical thought in making informed judgments about problems and issues in various disciplines, particularly their major discipline area of study.
  • Virtuous — Students will be positioned to apply their thoughts, values, and skills to various situations and scenarios related to their major discipline area of study, as well as other life situations.


The Bryan College Honors Institute enhances and customizes the students’ educational experience through a two-part specialized program: a core curriculum and track specializations.


Incoming Freshmen are invited to join the Honors Institute if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • 25 ACT/1200 SAT/78 CLT test score, OR
  • 23/ACT/1130 SAT/74 CLT test score AND 3.50 GPA with 9 or more college-level (DE — Dual Enrollment or Transfer) credits earned

Transfer students are invited to join the Honors Institute if they hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50

Students who do not join the Honors Institute as incoming freshmen may be considered at the end of their freshman year if they earn a 3.50 cumulative GPA.

If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.5 at the completion of any semester, the student must meet one of the following two criteria to continue in the Honors Institute:

  • The student has one semester to bring their cumulative GPA to 3.5
  • The student must have a semester GPA of 3.5 or above for each semester from that point forward

18 semester hours of Honors courses are required.

  • 2 credit hours entry course
  • 1 credit hour senior internship/project course
  • 6 hours of Honors-only sections of courses from the Core Curriculum
  • 9 hours of 3 track-specific courses which must be extended for Honors credit

Students choose from one of six tracks:

  • Focused Major
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Acts (Missions)
  • Legislative Internship
  • Leadership & Justice
  • Faith, Freedom, & the Constitution

Benefits of Participation

  • Being part of a cohort group of students during your time at Bryan
  • Honors Institute-only events each semester
  • Smaller class sizes in the Honors-only sections of certain core curriculum courses
  • The opportunity for more interaction with professors
  • The opportunity to engage in advanced research and learning projects in courses extended for Honors credit
  • The opportunity to develop a major discipline area thesis or project during senior year
  • Honors Stole Ceremony as part of HI banquet during the spring semester of senior year
  • Recognition of Honors Institute participation at the commencement ceremony
  • The ability to boost your resume with criteria that prospective employers and/or graduate schools value
  • Honors Award scholarship available

Honors Institute Scholarships

AMOUNT: $550


Each semester there are certain events planned specifically for Honors Institute participants. The majority of these events are on campus and include both academically focused and socially focused events. Off-campus, extra-curricular field learning trips and experiences are also planned, including one major trip each semester.


Honors Institute
Mercer Hall Email

Office Phone: 423-775-7245