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    Honors Media and Culture

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    Honors Media and Culture


General Information

Honors Media and Culture is a two-week academic program on the Searcy campus designed to challenge, encourage, and uplift high school students who are now in their junior year (students graduating in the class of 2019). 

During Honors Media and Culture you will study the power of media, examine cultural narratives, and help tell important stories as you learn more about your own story.  Distinguished faculty from across campus will lead you through a thought-provoking study of media and culture from a Christian worldview.  You will read, write, photograph, edit, record, document, interview, and publish.  Mostly you will think.  The goal is simple: to broaden your worldview, one story at a time.

Three hours of university credit are awarded to all who successfully complete the program. This credit is transferable to the college or university of the participant's choice. At Harding, Honors Media and Culture credit may be applied to one of the following courses:

COMM 101
COMM 191
COMM 192
COMM 201

2018 Dates

Honors Media and Culture will offer one session in 2018 capped at 30 students.



Requirements for admission into Honors Media and Culture

1. Junior standing with completion of 12 solid units
2. Minimum composite score of ACT 21 or SAT 1060 (ERW+M)
3. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)
4. Completed application

Items needed for a complete application (all items required prior to being placed in your session)

1. Online application (below)
2. Recent photograph of yourself
3. High School transcript (minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale)
4. Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor outlining your academic capability, and current leadership roles                                                                                                             
5. Official ACT or SAT test scores submitted by testing agency directly to Harding (minimum requirement is composite ACT 21 or SAT 1060 ERW+M))
6. Immunization record showing receipt of 2 MMR vaccinations (State law requirement)
7. $250 deposit* (check or credit card)

*Deposit is applied toward the total cost of $795.00.  Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the deposit.  Accepted students whose summer plans change for any reason by March 1, 2018 will be refunded the deposit.  A change of plans after March 1 (other than medical) will forfeit the deposit.

You may submit by e-mail sai@harding.edu or mail to Harding University - Summer Academic Institute, Box 10782, Searcy, AR  72149.

Can't remember what items you still need to submitted? Call us at 501-279-5272 or email sai@harding.edu

Payment Details

-Final payments are due Friday, June 1st
-If paying by credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) please call 501-279-5272 during normal business hours
-If paying by check please make it payable to Harding University and mail it to the address below

Harding University
Summer Academic Institute
Box 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


Flying to Honors Media and Culture? Download the required Flight arrangements (pdf).

Registration will be held from 2-4:00pm on Friday in the lobby of the Reynolds Center on the Harding University campus.  The GPS address is 915 E Market Ave, Searcy AR.  There will be directional signs to assist you once on campus.  We look forward to seeing on your arrival day.


Submit a Letter of Recommendation

Information for Guardian/Student

All items listed here will be included in the pre-session mailing mid-May.

  • Flight Information (PDF)
  • Policies (PDF)
  • Additional items will be posted as we near the session start date. 

Course Information (enrolled students)

All items listed here will be included in the pre-session mailing mid-May.

  • Pre-session assignments will be posted at a later date

Typical Schedule

The first day consists of registration, a casual reception and orientation by the counselors.

The schedule of activities typically begin around 9 or 10 a.m. each day.  Your day will include lectures, discussion groups, and interactive classes on a variety of topics relating to the central theme and much more. Evenings are filled with fun activities to give you an opportunity to relax and socialize.

Saturdays are full days as well with relaxed time constraints, and Sundays include worship time together.

The Honors Media and Culture session conclude after breakfast on your closing Friday. Students must depart campus by 10:00am.

All in all you are about to embark on a magnificent learning experience, which will allow you development in many areas.

Contact Us

Honors Media & Culture is part of the Summer Academic Institute hosted by the Honors College.

  • Phone: 501-279-5272
  • Fax: 501-279-4016
  • Email: sai@harding.edu
  • Mailing: Harding University - Box 10782 - Searcy AR 72149
  • Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am - 5pm (closed during the 12pm lunch hour)      

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