National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Fall 2001


Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 2:2, Fall/Winter 2001. Copyright © 2001 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


In the sixteen-year history of the Honors Program at Coastal Carolina University, some three hundred students have completed the program. We have graduated only two fine arts majors, and we currently have a student who is double majoring in art and marine science. Most of our students are science majors. In order to be invited into the honors program, students have to be excellent in verbal and analytical skills, but research on multiple intelligences (Gardner, Multiple) has shown us that those are only two of many ways to make sense of the world. Honors students are usually skilled learners in all the traditional senses; they are likely to be the ones who will invent, discover, and lead. True genius in all these areas comes from seeing what everyone has already seen in a new way. Creative arts can help honors students see what is before them from a new perspective.