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History of the Honors College

The Honors College at East Carolina University has a rich history of providing innovative programs for Honors Students. Since its inception in the mid-1960's, the Honors Program has sought out highly gifted students and provided those students, under the guidance of engaged faculty, with unique learning opportunities and experiences that foster intellectual growth, personal development, and a strong and abiding commitment to the East Carolina University community.

In the mid-1960's, East Carolina University began offering honors seminars for selected students by request. In 1978, a two-year Honors Program was created on a university-wide basis and later, in 1993, became a four-year program. In 1997, upon retirement of the previous director, Dr. Michael Bassman was selected as the new Director and remained in the position until early-2010, at which time he was named the first Distinguished Honors Professor.

The Honors College was launched with the inaugural freshmen class in fall 2010. The Honors College was relocated to a new physical home in spring 2011 following the renovation of the Mamie Jenkins Building.

Please visit the Joyner Library web site to learn more about Mamie Jenkins and the history of this campus landmark.

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