Innovative Scholarship

  • Honors thesis: Each Honors student engages with a faculty member in a discovery‐based research project or on an original creative work involving inquiry, investigation, and creative expression. Students have the opportunity to expand a project originally developed within their major program or to choose a project unrelated to their major course of study. Multidisciplinary projects are encouraged. Honors Students then create written accounts of their scholarly activity. Students who complete an honors project earn the privilege of presenting that project to the campus community in a venue, such as the annual Celebration of Academics, approved by the Honors Project Review Committee.
  • Honors courses: Honors students complete at least 24 semester hours of honors-designated courses, which are qualitatively and quantitatively more challenging than non-honors courses.

Cultural Interaction

  • Honors Seminar courses: Co-taught by our faculty, these specialized courses incorporate a multidisciplinary discovery of issues relevant to a central theme. Past topics have ranged from “Who Says It’s Wrong,” an exploration of ethics and value systems, to a seminar on environmental policy and politics. Individual course topics vary by year, but in each case students benefit from activities and ideas that broaden their cultural backgrounds.
  • Foreign language skills: Honors Students earn nine credit hours in a single non-native language, rather than the usual six. This added attention to language skills allows participants in the Honors Program to engage as students of the world in more extensive ways.
  • Study abroad: Honors students meet the Coker College study away requirement by studying abroad at a variety of institutions. Upon returning to Coker, Honors Students share their experiences with the campus community in ways that reflect their expanded knowledge of the world.

Civic Engagement and Leadership

  • Coker College 101H: Introduction to Leadership and Life at Coker College: In this course, students engage in challenging dialogue and hold one another accountable for learning and input. Students leave this course better prepared for the challenges of leadership in corporate, institutional and public life and better able to analyze their responsibilities and commitments as leaders working for the common good and for purposeful change.
  • Honors Student Council: The Honors Student Council provides a forum for student feedback into the Honors Program and, under the guidance of the Director of the Honors Program, organizes community service and leadership activities for Honors Students.
  • Mentorship program: To build leadership skills, continuing Honors Students serve as mentors to entering Honors Students. Beginning in the second year, each Honors Student is assigned a mentee. The mentor introduces the new Honors Student to the program and helps the mentee become involved in the College as a whole.


  • An Honors Program scholarship for $1,000
  • Enhanced academic experience
  • Individual leadership training
  • Priority course registration
  • Up to $2500 to apply toward a study abroad experience
  • Attractive resume addition for both job and graduate school applications