Belmont University Honors Program Documents

Belmont University
The Honors Program consists of the Interdisciplinary Core courses, 3 Honors Specialized Tracks, and the Academic Major(s) and Minor(s). The Honors Curriculum (posted below) is an alternative Gen Ed sequence that serves the broader goals of Belmont University. HON students do not take the BELL Core courses.  The Honors Program's Advisory Body is the Honors Council, which approves Plans of Study and Thesis Prospectuses.

The Belmont University Honors Council meets 7-8 times per semester and has the authority to overwrite the University Catalog, so accuracy and deadlines are very important.
This page contains all of the information and forms you need for your 1) Declaration of Honors Track; 2) Plan of Study; 3) Thesis Prospectus with Cover Page; and 4) Senior Honors Thesis/ Creative Project Submission Format. These topics are located at the upper-left navigation bar.  
Editable Forms and Documents are attached to the bottom of each page.

The Plan of Study (POS) is a required by the Registrar to graduate. 
 is an official university record of the courses that were approved by the Honors Council to make up your curriculum. You can submit a Catalog POS (follows approved Belmont catalog major) or an Individualized Major POS (original combination of courses for unique major not offered in the catalog).  Please note that some programs will not allow Individualized plans. The School of Nursing and School of Music do not allow the Individualized POS because they have external accreditation requirements.

Please submit to honors@belmont.eduWe accept only electronic documents. If your POS was approved once, you do not need to resubmit to make changes; simply get a Program of Study Change Form (Substitution Form) from the Registrar, write out changes, and have it signed by both your major advisor and Dr. Thorndike.
If HON students do not have a POS approved by the Honors Council by the end of their sophomore year, a hold will be placed on their accounts preventing registration. A Letter of Advocacy from an Advisor is required along with the POS only if you are submitting an Individualized Major.

All HON Scholarship and Artist's Studio students must submit a Thesis Prospectus by the end of their junior year.  Students take HON 3044 (Scholarship) or HON 3088 (Artist's Studio) with writing the Prospectus as a major learning goal. LEAD students take HON 3000, Writing Workshop, to write their Leadership Team plan. Scholarship and Artists's Studio students take HON 4360, Thesis Writing, while completing their senior research or creative projects. LEAD students take HON 4400 and HON 4000, Team Project Execution and Coordination. All Honors students take HON 4820, Senior Colloquium, their final semester.

Documents must be received at 12:00 noon on the Friday one week in advance of the Honors Council scheduled meetings. Fall 
2015 meeting dates: Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4 
(last date to submit), and Dec. 11 from 12:00-2:00 in the Honors House, 1524 Compton Ave.  Meetings will be cancelled or shortened depending on the number of submissions.

All submissions should be sent to: 

Full-Time Honors Program Faculty and Staff:
Dr. Devon Boan (Director of the Artist's Studio);
Dr. Joe Byrne (Honors Core Coordinator); 
Micah Weedman (Leadership Studies);
Dr. Mike Pinter (Analytics and Science and Math Track); 
Ms. Erin Ritter (Office Manager);
Dr. Jonathan Thorndike (Honors Program Director);

Belmont University Honors Council 2015-16

Andrew Davis (CLASS, School of Humanities)
Loretta Bond (CHS--Spring 2016)
Erin Shankel (CHS-Fall 2015)
Dan Johnson (CVPA, Art)
Brad Childs (COBA)
Jim Al-Shamma (CVPA, Theatre and Dance)
Mark Volker (CVPA, School of Music)
Rachael Flynn-Hopper (CLASS, School of Education)
Nathan Griffith (CLASS, School of Social Sciences)
Lonnie Yandell (CSM
Donovan McAbee (CTCM)
Jennifer Fowler (CEMB)
David Schreiber (CEMB)
Samantha Hubner, Research Track/ Poly Sci Senior
Olivia Hamilton, Artist's Studio/ MBus Junior
Sean Grossnickle, Honors Freshman
Jonathan Thorndike (Honors Program Director)

The Honors House
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN, 37212
Phone: 615-460-6472
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