1973 Establishment of the Honors Program at MTSU.
President M. G. Scarlett appointed Dr. June Hall (Martin) McCash from the English Department as the founding director of the program. (President M.G. Scarlett, left / Dr. June (Martin) McCash, right)
Support for the program came from the first Honors Council.
Honors goals and guidelines were developed.
Faculty Firesides were instituted.
The first (History) Honors thesis, "Charles Stuart Parnell: His Background, His Politics, His Fall, His Legacy, 1879-1891," was written by Mary I. Wilgus.
The first office space was in the Drawing (now Tom Jackson) Building. (right)
Less than a decade after MTSC had acquired University status (1965), foundations had been set for MTSU to become the first public university in Tennessee to found an honors college.
1974 First student graduated with University Honors, Paul W. Martin, Jr. (Finance) Thesis: "An Analysis of Federal Reserve Membership Trends, 1960-1973."
First honors newsletter, Honors in Perspective, issued.
Honors Council members attended the National Collegiate Honors Council Convention.
Sample of Honors Theses from the year 1974.
1975 Samples of Honors Theses from the year 1975.
1976 The Honors Program required a thesis for graduation.
The Honors Program moved to offices in Keathley University Center. The Offices became known as the Honors Center. (left)
The first Honors Student Advisory Council was established. (Members of the council later became part of the first Honors Board of Visitors.) (Right: Debra (Hollinsworth) Hopkins, Student) Advisory Council)
Sample of Honors Theses from the year 1976.
1977 Samples of Honors Theses from the year 1977.
1978 Honors program requirements were revised to include three options (tracks) for graduation with University Honors.
MTSU hosted second annual meeting of the Tennessee Honors Council.
Sample of Honors Theses from the year 1978.
1979 MTSU hosted the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council.
Honors Program offices transferred to New Classroom Building (Peck Hall). (Right: NCB)
Sample of Honors Theses from the year 1979.
The founding Director
of the University Honors Program!!
Dr. June M. McCash
Honors in the 80s Honors in the 90s Honors in the 00s Honors in the 10s
Images of thesis topics created by Georgia Dennis.
All due apologies to the student authors for any misrepresentations of their topic or intent.