The Honors Program at Milligan College offers students a unique atmosphere to expand their academic experience through learning beside a community of high achieving students, small class sizes, research, and service opportunities.

The Milligan Honors Program was started by Dr. Michael Blouin and Dr. Amy Edmonds, who is a political science professor. She grew up as a missionary kid in Venezuela and Costa Rica. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma Baptist University, she pursued her master’s degree and PhD from Baylor University in Texas.

Edmonds’ involvement in an honors program at Oklahoma Baptist University impacted her undergraduate career in such a defining way that she teamed up with Blouin to launch the Milligan College Honors Program. She credits her time in an honors program as a pivotal part of her college career – encouraging relationships with student in other disciplines, as well as strengthening her education by being surrounded by bright and motivated students. Because of the honors program at OBU, Edmonds studied in Oxford for a semester.

These experiences motivated her to start an honors program for Milligan students. She believes the Milligan Honors Program has offered several benefits to the students and the campus. Speakers from prestigious institutions, such as Marc Hetterington, political science professor from Vanderbilt University, and Ed Davis from Emory & Henry, gave lectures on the political climate of the United States and the anthropology of southern food to both honors students and the Milligan student body as a whole.

Edmonds is encouraged by the leadership the honors program instills in its students. The Honors Program reflects the mission of Milligan to grow as servant-leaders in several different ways. Freshman honors students participate in a service project. They have assisted in building with Habitat for Humanity and serving at a local soup kitchen, The Melting Pot. As part of the capstone project, honors students can choose to take part of a community service project where they devote 80 hours or more at one charity. Honors students are encouraged to invest in more than their education: they are encouraged to spend time giving back to their community.

The Honors Program will start its fourth class this fall. Edmonds looks forward to the program graduating its first class in 2018 and hopes that in the next two years, the Honors Program will have 50 students. Will you be one of them?