Southern Scholars


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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 2015-2016  academic year is another good one for the Southern Scholars program. The 25 incoming freshmen started their honors career in our sixth 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 have added an Honors Speech this year.  Three seniors and two juniors will attend the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Orlando, Florida; Melissa Rodas will present her senior project to regional honors students. 

One year ago 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 introduced the Scholars Read component of our program last summer and read Yann Martel's Man Booker prize-winning Life of Pi.  For our second Scholars Read we have selected Marylinne Robinson's National Book Award winning novel Gilead. We will gather at the beginning of next fall semester to discuss the novel described Kirkus Review as "as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer".

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

Rebecca Davis, Executive Assistant


Upcoming Events

Southern Scholars Retreat (August 27)

The Art of Observing (in conjunction with Hunter Museum of American Art) (date TBA)

Professors in a Lifeboat Convocation (date TBA)