Southern Scholars 

The Mission 
Southern Adventist University seeks to provide motivated and capable students with an enhanced interdisciplinary educational experience that emphasizes the integration of spiritual values into our knowledge of nature and society. The Program was created to give intellectually motivated students enriched learning experiences and a community of peers devoted to a vigorous life of the mind that encourages student responsibility for their learning. Southern Scholars welcome intellectual challenge and learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.


Southern Scholars is the interdisciplinary honors program of Southern Adventist University. Starting here, you can learn what the program offers to outstanding students, how to apply to the program, and what the program requirements are. 

The 2014-2015 academic year was another good one for the Southern Scholars program. The 25 incoming freshmen started their honors career in our fifth Southern Scholars Southern Connections course, which included a morning of service on Lookout Mountain and an afternoon of City-as-Text in downtown Chattanooga, learning about urban mapping.  Our honors Comp 103 course, now taught by Prof. Kathy Goddard, has become a foundation for all incoming freshmen; we expect to add an Honors Speech next year.  Three seniors and two juniors will attend the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Greenville, South Carolina; Lydia Hasan presented her senior project to regional honors students. We enjoyed dinner with University of Tennessee/Chattanooga Brock Honors students. 

In February of 2015 we completed our first National Collegiate Honors Council external review of our program, conducted by Dr. John Zubizarreta of Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina. His completed report is providing the basis for an exciting overhaul of our honors program, which will make a Southern Scholars honors education available to all majors.

We are introducing the Scholars Read component of our program this summer.  We will read Yann Martel's Man Booker prize-winning Life of Pi over the summer, then gather at the beginning of next fall semester to discuss the novel and related issues of epistemology, fantasy, and illusion.

We are planning our first Honors Summer Institute, an opportunity for secondary sophomores and juniors to experience honors education on campus for summer 2016.  It deal with public art and local food, utilizing discussions, exploring downtown Chattanooga, writing and reflection.  Contact the director for more information. 

We hope you will be a part of the exciting changes to Southern’s honors program. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Dr. Mark Peach
Southern Scholars Program Director  

Office Hours 

Mark Peach, Program Director

MWF: 11:00-12:00

TTh: 1:00-2:00

Betsy Del Aguila, Executive Assistant

Autumnus Hours

MW: 8-11am



Upcoming Events

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