About Honors

The Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College is an academic community of over 2,500 students from various backgrounds, who represent a diversity of majors and interests, but share a commitment to intellectual inquiry.

As a member of the Shackouls Honors College, you will have the best of both worlds: a small liberal arts college experience at a first-class research university.

Here’s what that looks like:

Curriculum: The Shackouls Honors College offers a rigorous and distinctive curriculum for our students. Honors Students have the option of following two specific paths toward graduation with honors.

Cursus Honorum
General Honors

Both entail selecting from a wide variety of courses as best fits their schedules and career goals.

Community: You will have the opportunity to live and work alongside dedicated, talented, and interesting students like yourself - students who flourish as readers, writers, thinkers, speakers, researchers, and active members of Mississippi State University.

Research: Undergraduate research affords you the opportunity to apply what you already know to new issues that interest you and allows you to develop new skills.

Global Connection: Develop a global perspective through foreign language study and study abroad. Beyond the exposure to other peoples and other cultures, the Shackouls Honors College also seeks to connect.

Our students major in all of the disciplines on campus, and we encourage applications from new, continuing, and transfer students who wish to be a part of the Honors College.