Honors Program (HNRS)
HONORS PROGRAM (HNRS)
The Western Honors Program provides enhanced and challenging academic programming to a carefully selected group of highly motivated and accomplished students from all disciplines. The Honors Program at Western seeks to promote the goals of a liberal arts education by providing students with the opportunity to become autonomous learners within a highly supportive and collaborative academic community. Honors students are encouraged and challenged to free themselves from not only external constraints on the acquisition of knowledge and understanding but also from internal limitations that can prevent critical thinking, reflective analysis, and responsible choice. The Honors Program and its courses enables students to develop the capacity for informed analysis and responsible evaluation and a willingness to submit discoveries and conclusions to an academic community of their peers and mentors to be mutually investigated and critiqued. Small class size, extensive interaction among peers and teachers, experiences outside the traditional classroom, and interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to education are all features of the program. Such opportunities allow students to explore avenues of intellectual inquiry within and beyond their selected majors and minors.
Program Benefits. Honors students have the opportunity to become a part of a scholarly community composed of faculty and students committed to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry, creativity, and academic excellence. Benefits of membership in the Western Honors Program also include automatic eligibility for Honors housing and Honors classes, use of the Honors Center, computer lab and classroom in Taylor Hall, participation in Honors Orientation and Honors social and intellectual activities beyond the classroom, priority registration, exclusive opportunity to apply yearly for the Presidential Honors Scholarship, and special recognition at graduation upon completion of the program. Students may also register for Honors Special Topics classes or develop independent and special Honors projects which offer challenging and accelerated learning experiences inside and outside the regular course offerings.
Admission Requirements. Invitations to the program are extended to high school students who have achieved a 3.50 cumulative grade point average or who have successfully completed International Baccalaureate programs. The test score requirements are an ACT composite score of 25 or higher or an SAT composite score of 1190. First or second-year Western students who have a minimum overall 3.3 grade point average may also apply. Upper-division students are considered on an individual basis. Transfer students with 24 or fewer credits are invited to join Honors if they have achieved a minimum overall 3.3 college grade point average as well as fulfilled the high school GPA and test score requirements. Transfer students with 24 or more credits and a minimum overall 3.3 college grade point average are considered on an individual basis.
Program Requirements. Continuation in the program is based on maintaining an overall grade point average of 3.0. Graduation from the program requires a grade point average of 3.3 and completion of program requirements.
Kelsey L. Bennett, Honors Director;
Nicole Becwar, Library; Brian Bernhardt, Politics & Government;
Al Caniff, Art; David Marchetti, Geology; Shelley Read, Communication Arts;
Ex Officio: Heather Thiessen-Reily, History
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
A minimum of 21 credits is required:
HNRS 100 The Gateway
HNRS 200 Honors Forum (repeated twice for 2 credits)
HNRS 304 Introduction to the Great Conversation
HNRS 400 Oxford Tutorial
Honors General Education courses*
Eight credits from the following (at least six credits must be upper division):
ENG 240 Writing Center Workshop
ENG 396 Writing Center Assistantship
HNRS 101 Honors Colloquium
HNRS 197 Special Topics
HNRS 201 Honors Colloquium
HNRS 202 Service Learning in Honors
HNRS 297 Special Topics
HNRS 301 Honors Colloquium
HNRS 302 Service Learning in Honors
HNRS 303 Honors Field Studies
HNRS 305 Place as Text
HNRS 397 Special Topics
HNRS 402 Service Learning in Honors
HNRS 401 Honors Colloquium
HNRS 403 Honors Field Studies
HNRS 492 Independent Study
HNRS 494 Thesis Preparation
HNRS 495 Thesis
HNRS 497 Special Topics
*The six Honors General Education credits will be redistributed to Honors Electives for students who enter the Honors program with completed General Education programs either through Western or gtPathways.