Honors Program

Honors students enjoy many benefits including special housing, early registration for classes, special networking opportunities, and the camaraderie of peers who enjoy being intellectually engaged.

Alumni Profile

Alexander Thompson

Alexander Thompson
  • Graduation Year: 2010
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts - Archaeology, Biblical Studies, and Classical Studies

Since graduating from UE in 2010, Alex Thompson has continued to build on the education he received through a variety of experiences. He studied as the Bobby Jones Fellow at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and graduated from the Candler School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity in Spring 2014. He is currently pursuing a PhD in New Testament at Emory University.

Alex credits the Honors Program for helping him achieve his educational goals. “The Honors Program gave me the opportunity to present my undergraduate research at an academic conference, giving me deeper insight into my field of study. It also served to set me apart when I was applying to graduate schools and for scholarships.”

In addition, Alex enjoyed other benefits of the Honors Program, including living in Powell Hall, taking special Honors courses, and attending the weekly Honors teas. He notes, “Living in the Honors dorm connected me to a great group of students who shared similar academic passions as me. It created a great environment for discussion and further learning outside the classroom. The special classes were also a great asset, giving me a chance to explore my passions deeper in a wide variety of fields. It also made the required courses more enjoyable.”

Alex currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church (UMC). He is also pursuing ordination in the UMC as an elder.