The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College attracts a diverse body of high-performing students to the University of Mississippi and prepares citizen scholars who are fired by the life of the mind, committed to the public good, driven to find solutions. Established in 1997 through a gift from alumni Jim and Sally Barksdale, the Honors College merges intellectual rigor with community action. It offers an education similar to that at prestigious private liberal-arts schools and universities, but at a far lower cost. Small, discussion-based classes, dedicated faculty, and a nurturing staff enable honors students to experience intellectual as well as personal growth.
News & Events
New Spring Honors Courses Available
The SMBHC has been able to create some new spring honors courses. Joshua First, is offering His 102, section 16 MWF 10:00-10:50; and Magali Armillas-Tiseyra is offering Engl 222, section 20 TTh, 2:30-3:45. We have also recently opened Math 262, section 12, TTh 9:30-10:45.
We also want to give a plug for two great courses in the social sciences: Hon 420, section 1 with Carrie Smith will partner with the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs to survey UM students (and learn research methodology along the way). And Public Policy Leadership is offering PPL 211 with Dean Copeland to explore the issues we will grapple with in the 21st century. For more information on these courses and all the spring honors offerings, visit here.
(Note: at one point we were going to offer an honors Engl 226 section, but we have had to cancel that.)
Freshman Application Deadline January 15
The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2014 freshmen is available here. Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application. Those who applied by our Early-Action deadline of November 1 will be notified of our decision by December 20. The regular deadline is 11:59 pm CST January 15, 2014. Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March. Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2014 to accept or decline the offer.
Honors Students in the News
Three honors students have recently made the news. Read about junior Eleanor Anthony being the only undergraduate to present at the Digipal Symposium in London. Also, the University Foundation profiled the two Everett-Williams Scholarship recipients, Logan Wilson and Davelin Woodard, both sophomores. We’re proud of these three students and all the students in the SMBHC.