The Honors Institute provides an enhanced and supportive learning environment for outstanding Hinds students. In place since 1996, the program is offered on both the Rankin and Raymond campuses. The program guides students toward self-management, leadership and service to others.
Did you work hard and excel in high school? Do you have some regrets and wish that you had run for student government or taken an AP class? Or, maybe you’re just looking for a way to become more involved on campus. You owe it to yourself to check out the opportunities that abound through the Honors Institute on the Raymond Campus.
Honors Institute programs are designed to meet the needs of academically gifted students and to guide those students as they develop their skills to their greatest potential. Housed in the Rankin Campus Student Services Building and on the second floor of the Raymond Campus Administration Building, the Honors Institute directs programming in four broad areas: Honors Studies, Leadership Studies, International Studies and Phi Theta Kappa.
Why Join Honors?
We have some very good reasons why you should consider joining the Honors Program. You should enroll in the Honors Program if you want to…
Be a Standout
In 2007, 51 percent of college graduates located a job by the time of graduation. In 2008 that number was 26 percent, and in spring 2009 only a dismal 19.7 percent snagged a job. Involvement in the Honors Program can help you build your résumé and help you stand out in the crowd.
Honors classes at Hinds are designed to stimulate your creativity and to challenge your intellect. They are not designed to be harder than other course offerings but they do help you develop skills that colleges and employers are seeking. You’ll hone your teamwork skills in a diverse group of scholars. Top faculty will help you improve your written and verbal communication skills and develop your problem solving skills. In short, you’ll develop important life skills that are simply not included on any multiple choice achievement test.
Build a Network
In the Honors Program, you’ll enjoy smaller classes with people you’ll get to know well. These are the people with whom you’ll share notes, study, grab a bite of lunch, or just goof off. In Honors you’ll forge lasting friendships.
Take Advantage of Scholarship Opportunities
You can earn scholarship money at Hinds simply by joining the Honors Program. Also, you’ll have the advantage of one-on-one advising to help you locate scholarships when you get ready to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Last year we stomped and clapped to off-Broadway touring companies of Stomp and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. On a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we toured the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and threw Frisbees on the beach. We taught a group of visiting British students about the all-American pleasures of hot dogs, Coke, and Mississippi Braves baseball. We snorkeled in the Pacific and Caribbean waters of Costa Rica. Who knows what fun this year holds? Why not join us and find out?