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The W. E. B. Du Bois Scholars Program

The W. E. B. Du Bois Scholars Program

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The W. E. B. Du Bois Scholars Program

 

Goals

 

The W. E. B. Du Bois Scholars Program (DBSP) is designed to nurture and develop promising young scholars at LeMoyne-Owen College. More specifically, the goal is to produce students who are committed to academic and personal excellence, oriented toward pursuing graduate and professional degrees, and dedicated to serving their communities. in addition, DBSP provides a forum where faculty and students develop new ideas and innovations that will ultimately benefit the campus as a whole. In short, the DBSP promotes the ideal of a liberal arts education and serves as an intellectual and academic laboratory for the campus at large.

 

Admission

 

The Du Bois Scholars Program is designed to address the entire college experience of a LeMoyne-Owen College student. As such, a student's admission to the program will generally be considered for his or her freshman or sophomore year (although juniors and occasionally seniors may be considered under special circumstances). Membership in the honors program is offered to students who have demonstrated
academic achievement and intellectual curiosity. To assess achievement and curiosity the DBSP advisory committee will review a student's academic record, a personal statement, and recommendations.

 

Dubois

 

Incoming Students

 

Prospective students will have the opportunity to indicate their interest in the DBSP when they apply
for admission to LeMoyne-Owen College. Freshman and transfer students will be invited to enroll on the basis of the following criteria:

* 3.2 or higher grade point average,

* A personal statement

* Extracurricular activities
* Faculty/guidance counselor recommendation

* An interview with the DBSP director and members of the Advisory Committee

 

DuboisCurrent Students

 

Students beyond their first semester at LeMoyne-Owen College may apply for admission to the program. These students will be evaluated using the following criteria:
* 3.2 or higher grade point average

* A personal statement

* Extracurricular activities

* Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a LeMoyne-Owen College faculty member who has taught the student)

* An interview with the DBSP Director and members of the Advisory Committee

 

DuBois Scholars Courses

 

DBSP 110/111 Freshman Du Bois Scholars Colloquium (2) This course is an academically rigorous course based on class readings, class discussion, and written projects. The overarching focus of the course is an exploration of Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois's "Talented Tenth" theory and what it means to be an educated
person.

 

DBSP 210/211 Freshman Du Bois Scholars Colloquium (2) This course is an academically rigorous course based on class readings, class discussion, and written projects. The course focuses on Dr. W. E. B. DuBois's work, writings, Pan-Africanism, and contribution to the world.

 

DBSP 310/311 Upper Level Du Bois Scholars Colloquium (2) This is an academic rigorous course based on class readings, class discussions, and written projects. The titles and content of these courses will vary from semester to semester. These courses are restricted to DBSP students in their junior and
senior years.

 

DBSP 350 Directed Readings (2) These are two credit tutorial offerings taken outside of a student's chosen major to further emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of a true liberal arts ideal.

 

DBSP 399 Semester of Service (1) LeMoyne-Owen College has a deep commitment and long tradition of service to the community. Du Bois scholars are asked to embrace this responsibility and to share their time and talents with others in a Semester of Service" project during their junior year.

 

DBSP 402 Study Abroad (2) Du Bois scholars may substitute a semester or year of study abroad for the upper level DBSP colloquium requirement. Students choosing this option will be required to keep a journal of their experience and complete short paper about the experience upon their return.

 

Research Symposium: All Du Bois scholars will have an opportunity to present research papers during the annual Dr. C. Eric Lincoln ‘Best Paper’ Competition Symposium, held during Honors Week.  Participation in the research symposium will strengthen honor student’s research and communication skills.  The research symposium will teach student scholars to communicate effectively (listen, speak, read, and write) on formal and informal levels.