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Learning Experiences, Conferences and Special Activities


All students of the Honors College are expected to learn and demonstrate leadership on campus through active involvement and participation in campus organizations and initiatives as well as community involvement.  Our students regularly serve in bodies such as the Student Government Association, the Shaw Man/Shaw Woman Society, fraternities and sororities, and sports teams, and have represented the university as Miss Shaw University and Miss Homecoming.  They are integral in planning university-wide activities such as United Negro College Fund steering committee and the Morgan Stanley lecture series.  HC students serve as student ambassadors, chapel ushers, as resident assistants and members of sports teams and the band– literally in every aspect of campus life.  Our students are also expected to give back to the community through weekly volunteer service.

Honors Scholars Association

All students of the Honors College compose the Honors Scholars Association, which elects its own officers and functions as a student entity of the university.  The HSA assists in planning the HC annual calendar, social and community service activities for students, and is responsible for planning and implementing Honors Week and the W.E.B. DuBois Invitational Honors Conference, an initiative designed to inspire high school students to become leaders and pursue academic excellence.


Our students’ academic experience is enriched by numerous opportunities for inspiration, networking and professional growth.  Among them are:

Academic Enrichment

  • Special honors colloquia on myriad topics, such as advanced study skills, African American ethnography, the Black Bourgeoisie, the message in today’s music/hip-hop’s influence, and research skills.

  • Workshops, career fairs, lecture series, academic quiz bowls and fun activities enhance learning.

  • Students enjoy a fee waiver when carrying more than 18 credit hours due to honors seminars

National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)

The National Association of African American Honors Programs promotes and advances honors and similar educational programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities (PBCUs), as well as institutions that provide honors education for African American students.  Students of the Honors College are selected to attend and actively participate in NAAAHP’s fall conference, and compete in Model African Union, quiz bowl, and debate competitions as well as present papers and their research in a professional setting.  In 2007, Shaw University’s teams won the quiz bowl tournament and received the Most Accurate Country Representation for the Model African Union.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC)

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) is the first-ever academic competition between students at America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  Shaw University students have competed in the academic competition and have represented the university among the 64 HBCUs in the national championship tournament for more than 15 year.  A local campus-based tournament is held in the fall to identify students with potential, who then become a part of the university’s varsity and junior varsity teams.  Additionally, Shaw students may enroll for credit in a special topics course to learn the game and gain knowledge.

Emerging Leaders Workshop

The Emerging Leaders Workshop (ELW), hosted by the Virginia Tech Graduate School each August, offers a unique opportunity for honor students from HBCUs to meet, learn and be inspired by college graduates who have excelled in their academic fields and are pursuing an advanced degree. Lectures, workshops and activities are designed to develop sustainable leadership through academic success, community service and ethical behavior. The goal of Emerging Leaders is to develop a core of leaders who will demonstrate what they have learned and share these attributes with others in their communities. By stressing the importance of excelling in academics and applying this educational learning in pursuit of a career, students involved in ELW will have a greater chance to serve in leadership positions and be catalysts for positive change. Participants have an opportunity to prepare for graduate school and careers through interaction with peers, senior scholars, faculty, industry professionals, government leaders and guest speakers.

North Carolina Honors Association

Shaw students are prepared and encouraged to present their research at the annual North Carolina Honors Association meeting held each fall by a member school of the association.  Students have the opportunity to interact with their peers and faculty from other colleges and universities throughout the state.