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Welcome from the Honors College Faculty

We welcome all our Honors College students; it is our good fortune to teach and learn from all of our students at the University of Oklahoma. We look forward to getting to know you individually and supporting you during your journey through college. We believe the most fruitful and illuminating conversations come when we invite and encourage multiple perspectives in our learning environments.  We value students of all colors, all genders, all ages, all abilities, and all positions of faith and unbelief.  We value our LGBTQ+ students and their allies.  We value the perspectives of those whose ancestors have long been here as First Peoples, as well as those who have arrived from many parts of the world.  We encourage all our students to maintain the respectful rapport that is a hallmark of the Honors College, and to use your creativity, passion, and intelligence to meet the challenges of our day.

Maya Henderson Receives Udall Honors


University of Oklahoma honors student Maya B. Henderson has been named a 2019 Udall Scholar.  The Udall recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate a commitment to careers related to the environment or to Native American public policy or health care.

From Norman, Oklahoma, Henderson is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental sustainability in the OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences with a special interest in studying urban environmental concerns in order to develop plans for green urban development.  Her recent research activity, funded by the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, focuses on public perceptions of sustainability and green initiatives.  In 2018, Henderson’s research led her to co-author an article in The Southern Climate Monitor, along with Professors Angela Person and Randy Peppler, the newsletter published by the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program.  She also has been named to both the Dean’s and President’s Honors Rolls at OU.

Her career goal is to create viable frameworks for green city development after earning a Ph.D. in geography. She is a citizen of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation.

Henderson’s leadership experience includes president of the Geography and Environmental Sustainability Club and the vice chair of the Liaison Committee for OU’s Green Week event.  She also is an active volunteer with Norman’s Art Walk Recycling Pick Up group, and volunteers with the American Indian Studies Association.  Henderson also serves on the cultural committee of Gamma Delta Pi, the American Indian Sorority.  

The national scholarship competition is conducted by the Morris K. Udall Foundation, which was authorized by Congress in 1992 to honor the late congressman from Arizona who promoted environmental issues and worked to strengthen Native American tribal self-governance.  Chief among the legislation he authored was the Alaska Lands Act of 1980.  This year, the Udall Foundation awarded $7,000 scholarships to 50 students nationwide for the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board.  The Udall Scholarship was first awarded in 1996.

Melanie L. Wright Study Abroad Scholarship

Katharine J. Gross

For nearly two decades, Honors at Oxford has provided OU students the opportunity to live and learn in a place that is considered the pinnacle of higher education. To date, more than 750 students have participated in Honors at Oxford. At the heart of this program is Melanie Wright. Inspired by her unparalleled commitment to Honors at Oxford, the Honors College established the Melanie L. Wright Study Abroad Scholarship in Spring 2018. As an enduring tribute to Dr. Wright’s twenty-year dedicated service, this special award is awarded to an outstanding Honors College student each summer.

Application closes on February 11, 2019.

Learn more about this scholarship

Dr. Dallam Publishes New Book

Dr. Dallam's Book Cover

The Honors College is pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Marie W. Dallam's newest book, Cowboy Christians (Oxford University Press, 2018). 

Based on a combination of archival research and sociological fieldwork in cowboy Christian communities, this sociohistory traces cowboy Christianity from the postebellum period into the twenty-first century, drawing on interviews with leaders of cowboy churches, rodeo ministries, and chaplains serving horse racing and bull riding communities. Cowboy Christians locates the modern cowboy church as a descendant of the muscular Christianity movement, the Jesus movement, and new paradigm church methodology, and by doing so contributes to a deeper understanding of the unique Christianity of the American West. 

Dr. Dallam's previous books include Daddy Grace: A Celebrity Preacher and His House of Prayer (NYU, 2007) and the co-edited volume Religion, Food, and Eating in North America (Columbia, 2014). She is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Honors College, where she teaches courses based on American religion and culture. 

Dr. Prichard Publishes New Book


Dr. Andreana Prichard’s book, Sisters in Spirit: Christianity, Affect, and Community Building in East Africa, 1860-1970, was released on May 1. The book was published by Michigan State University Press and was included in the African History and Culture Series.

Sisters in Spirit focuses on a sub-set of female African Christian mission adherents in order to better understand the process of community building in late pre-colonial and colonial Africa. Through the course of their daily work, relationships, and embodied performance of a certain set of “civilized” Christian values, these “sisters in spirit” consolidated and extended a network of African Christians that spread from Zanzibar to the mainland of Tanzania and Malawi, incorporated many ethnolinguistic communities, and transcended several generations. Focusing on the affective dimensions of the lives of these female mission adherents elucidates a new form of subjectivity forged by Africans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and reveals similarly new forms of affinity and affiliation.

Dr. Prichard is now working on two new and related projects. The first is a scholarly history of evangelical child sponsorship programs in eastern Africa, and the second is a trade press book that uses the trail of an American missionary to explore the historic ambiguities inherent in the idea of “doing good” in Africa, the rise of the Midwestern evangelical missionary impetus, and the power of ideas of Africa as an exotic place of war, poverty, and HIV-stricken orphans.

Visit the Honors College

Honors students


With about a week or more of notice, we can plan a personalized campus visit for you and your family. You'll meet with an official from the Honors College, see different housing options, eat lunch with us in the cafeteria (during the school year), and learn more about our program and scholarships for honors students.

Schedule a Visit