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Arete—The KWU Honors Program

Be All You Can Be

Applicable to all undergraduate academic majors

"Arete" is the ancient Greek embodiment of excellence, morality, and virtue. It is the value of pushing oneself to be all that one can be. And it is implied in Kansas Wesleyan University's calling to "develop both intellect and character, to stimulate creativity, discovery, [and] to nurture the whole person—body, mind, and spirit" (quoted from the KWU Mission Statement). Arete—The KWU Honors Program seeks to bring out and to develop these characteristics to their fullest among our students.

Why Pursue Admissions to the Honors Program? Personal engagement, intellectual involvement, and a sense of community!

The Honors Program is an interdisciplinary program featuring unique courses, seminars, colloquia, and the opportunity for independent research or performance that support the mission of the program and of Kansas Wesleyan University. Course size is generally smaller with more in-depth study and includes a variety of viewpoints from faculty and guests across the academic disciplines. Courses often have significant reading assignments and are conducted to encourage academic rigor.


Admission to the Honors Program is by invitation through nomination by faculty and approval by the Honors Program Committee. Students interested should contact the Admissions Office or their faculty advisors. Typically, students who are invited to join the program have an ACT composite score (or equivalent) of at least 26 and a high school (or college) cumulative GPA of 3.5. Please find nomination and application forms above right, in the purple menu box.



  • Mentoring relationships with faculty, administration, and local professionals.
  • Additional assistance in employment and graduate school applications and scholarships.
  • An “Honors Program” designation on your transcript.
  • Opportunities to meet speakers, guests and performers hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University.
  • Opportunities to use leadership skills in campus issues of interest.
  • When appropriate, opportunities to engage in research with faculty.
  • Credit in Liberal Studies Electives Section (dependent on content).


Courses are available each semester and vary in topic, rotated to emphasize different areas of knowledge. Topics will include such themes as: Leadership; Critical Analysis; Global Awareness; and Impacting the Future. To take an honors course, a student must be a Wesleyan Fellow or have special permission of the course instructor.

Honors Program Requirements and Course Descriptions

2015-16 Honors Program Courses

All Wesleyan Fellows must: 

  1. Be accepted into the Honors Program.
  2. Be a member of the Honors Program in good standing at the time of graduation.
  3. Complete the entire 18 credit sequence, in the order listed below.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Mike R. Russell, Honors Program Director.


Challenging Intellectual Mentoring
Hands-On Learning

Wesleyan Fellows, as those students who are enrolled in Arete—The KWU Honors Program are called, will sharpen their already excellent creative thinking, critical analysis, and problem-solving skills while developing a greater intellectual curiosity and engaging in a free exchange of ideas with their professors and fellow students. They will improve their ability to think and work independently while communicating effectively in both the spoken and written word. And they will appreciate the world's rich panorama because, by developing the ability to think outside of the box, they can see things from a variety of perspectives.