Graduate & Continuing Studies

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Delta State provides enhanced educational and cultural experiences for talented and academically committed students within an environment that fosters discovery and creativity. Students accepted into the program become Honors Fellows and enjoy benefits such as smaller class size, priority for early registration each semester, and recognition at the university commencement ceremonies. In addition, Honors Fellows will have access to opportunities for co- and extra-curricular activities, including but not limited to cross-cultural experiences, civic engagement, and lectures. The Honors Program also provides mentoring and advising opportunities for Fellows.

Contact Information

Dr. James Gerald
Dean of Graduate and Honors Studies
Kent Wyatt Hall Rm 239
1003 W. Sunflower Rd.
Cleveland, MS 38733
Phone: 662-846-4700

Benefits of the Program

In addition to a richer, more personal experience as an academic and student, the Honors Program provides a number of
other benefits while in the program:

  • Eligible for a scholarship of up to $1000 per year ($500 per semester)
  • Access to the Honors Lounge and study area
  • Early registration for classes
  • Cultural experiences and trips
  • More one-on-one faculty instruction
  • Identification of Honors Program graduates at commencement


High school students, international students, current DSU students, and transfers from other institutions are welcome
to apply to join the program. Admission policies and program requirements vary depending on when you apply to the
Program as outlined below. All students must additionally meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and will be evaluated for admissions in the middle of
each fall, spring, and summer session. Please note that in applying for the Honors Program, AP and Dual Enrollment
credits do not count toward the 30 hours mentioned in the submission requirements below.

For entering students and current DSU students with less than 30 credit hours of college courses, an ACT Composite of 24 (SAT of 1180) or higher and a High School GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students with 30 credit hours or more must have a college GPA of 3.5 or better and at least 4 semesters remaining in their academic program. These students may submit ACT or SAT scores if they wish.

Honors Program Curriculum

In addition to a First Year Seminar designed just for Honors Fellows (FYS 103), students in the program take the following general education courses:

  • HON 102. The Theory and Practice of Service Learning (2 credit hours)
  • HON 290. Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 200 or ENG 201. Honors Composition and Literature (3 credit hours)

Other aspects of the program include turning one general education course and two courses in your major into a honors course through an Honors Contract Course. This gives Honors Fellows more direct one-on-one time with faculty, which is a key component to success beyond the university.