There are 2 ways to gain admission into the Simon Green Atkins Scholar Society.
Incoming Freshmen who receive institutional merit based scholarships. All other students may apply to the honors program once they have accumulated at least 15 hours of course credit at WSSU. Students on a merit based scholarship must meet and maintain the requirements of their scholarship to remain in the society.
Students may apply for admission to the Society using the Simon Green Atkins Scholar’s Society Application (PDF) as long as they are eligible. Students who apply must have a 3.2 GPA, and at least 15 earned hours at WSSU. Students must also maintain a 3.2 GPA to remain in the Society.
Continuance in the Simon Green Atkins Scholars Society
All students must maintain either a 3.2 GPA, or the GPA specified by their scholarship to remain in the Society. Additionally, all students must complete 15 hours of community service each semester, and students must attend all Society Student Organization Meetings, and all other Society activities unless an excused absence is obtained from the director. Any student falling below a 3.2 GPA will have one semester to bring their GPA up.
Honors in the Major
Honors courses foster intellectual self-sufficiency, promote self-reflection and emphasize independent thought for "scholars in training." They allow richer exploration of focused topics and emphasize active learning through creative teaching strategies. Honors courses include wide-ranging topics with a focus on integrating topics for holistic learning. As such, they are ideal for the university's academically gifted students.
The following minimum criteria will need to be met in order to be admitted to the EXS Honors Program during the second semester of a student’s junior year:
- A GPA of 3.25 within the major
- A cumulative GPA of 3.25
- No grade lower than a B in any EXS courses
- Identification of a faculty mentor and a potential research project
- Acceptance by the EXS Honors screening committee, who will evaluate each applicant on academic merit, personal qualities, and professional goals
The honors curriculum will consist of 2 courses, one each semester of the senior year. During semester 1, students will enroll in the proposed course “Directed Honors Research Investigations in EXS.” During their last semester, students will enroll in “Honors Thesis in EXS." In order to graduate with honors, the student must still meet the standards set at admission, as well as successfully completing both courses, and defending their thesis. Please contact the EXS department chair for further details.”