The Spelman College
Honors Program, established in 1980,
was renamed the Ethel Waddell Githii
Honors Program in 1992. A distinguished
scholar, teacher, and Spelman graduate,
Dr. Githii served as the director
of the Honors Program from 1985 to
The Honors Program enhances the overall intellectual environment of the Spelman community by sponsoring lectures, promoting the development of innovative courses, encouraging intellectual inquiry, and celebrating academic achievement. The primary goal of the program is to provide a stimulating environment in which young scholars can confidently pursue their individual and shared intellectual interests, and discover the sheer joy of rigorous intellectual inquiry.
The Honors Program is interdisciplinary. Thus, participants are encouraged to expand their intellectual horizons beyond their major fields of study. The program provides a diverse set of opportunities for intellectually curious and highly motivated young women who genuinely enjoy exploring, discovering, and learning.
They take special honors courses, form close intellectual and mentoring relationships with faculty members, and conduct independent research. Spelman women who participate in the program are inspired to become intellectually engaged and socially responsible, and to remain so throughout their lives.
As a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program at Spelman College, you can receive these benefits:
- Specially designed and enriching core and elective courses offered by outstanding faculty
- Intellectually challenging environment with emphasis on dialog, discussion and critical inquiry
- Small Seminar discussion centered classes to stimulate intellectual exchanges
- Advisement for curricular planning, co-curricular activities and career goals
- Overload fee waiver up to 20 hours per semester
- Eligibility for various scholarship, fellowship or internship opportunities
- Special “Honors Program” designation in Transcript
- Recognition in Commencement Program
- Award of blue Honors cord to be worn with graduation regalia
- Individualized assistance in preparing applications for Watson postgraduate fellowships
- Priority housing in a special dorm, Living and Learning Center I, for closer interaction with the Honors community of peers (based on space availability)
- Funding for conference and workshop attendance, as well as research support.
- Participation in Honors sponsored Retreat, cultural events, speaker events, faculty-student discussion forums, Reading discussions
- Membership in Honors Program Student Association (HPSA) with opportunities for communication through class liaisons, leadership development, service involvement, extra-curricular activities and participation in social events
- Research experience through the capstone Senior Thesis project and writing
- Student achievements profiled in Honors newsletter, The Informer
- Students have access to amenities like an Honors Program student lounge equipped with computers and quiet study area