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 enable 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 with-in and outside of 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 and academic excellence. Benefits of membership in the Western Honors Program also include automatic eligibility for Honors classes, use of the Honors Center, computer lab and classroom in Taylor Hall, participation in Honors Orientation and Honors activities, priority registration, 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.  Students qualified to become part of the Western Honors Program are invited to apply for membership as incoming students or in their first or second year of study at Western (transfer and upper-division students are considered on an individual basis).  Invitations to apply to the program are extended to high school students who have achieved a 3.50 cumulative grade point average or who have completed International Baccalaureate programs and who have an ACT composite score of 25 or higher or an SAT composite score of 1120.  Western students who have a 3.50 grade point may also apply.  

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.  

HONORS COUNCIL

Heather Thiessen-Reily, Honors Director; Kelsey L. Bennett, Communication Arts; 
Robin Bingham, Biology; Paul A. Edwards, Communication Arts; Al Caniff, Art;
John Hausdoerffer, Environment and Sustainability; Shelley Read, Communication Arts; 
Terry Schliesman, Communication Arts; Don Seastrum, Art.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM

A minimum of 21 credits is required:

HNRS 100  The Gateway

3 cr

HNRS 200  Honors Forum (repeated twice for 2 credits)

1 cr

HNRS 304  Introduction to the Great Conversation

1 cr

HNRS 400  Oxford Tutorial

1 cr

Honors General Education courses*

6 cr

Eight credits from the following (at least six credits must be upper division):

 

ENG 240  Writing Center Workshop

2 cr

ENG 396  Writing Center Assistantship

1-3 cr

HNRS 101  Honors Colloquium

1 cr

HNRS 197  Special Topics

1-3 cr

HNRS 201  Honors Colloquium

1 cr

HNRS 202  Service Learning in Honors

1-2 cr

HNRS 297  Special Topics

1-3 cr

HNRS 301  Honors Colloquium

1 cr

HNRS 302  Service Learning in Honors

1-2 cr

HNRS 303  Honors Field Studies

1-2 cr

HNRS 305  Place as Text

2-3 cr

HNRS 397  Special Topics

1-3 cr

HNRS 402  Service Learning in Honors

1-2 cr

HNRS 401  Honors Colloquium

1 cr

HNRS 403  Honors Field Studies

1-2 cr

HNRS 492  Independent Study

1-3 cr

HNRS 494  Thesis Preparation

1 cr

HNRS 495  Thesis

2-3 cr

HNRS 497  Special Topics

1-3 cr

*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.