Kansas Wesleyan University Honors Program

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Dr. Wayne Lowen, Executive Vice President & Provost
Dr. Steve Hoekstra, Chair, Honors Program Committe
Dr. John Blackwell, Honors Program Coordinator

Honors Program Course Descriptions

The mission of the KWU Honors Program is to challenge selected students creativity, leadership and intellect towards greater independence and service to the world.

An interdisciplinary program, the honors program features unique courses, seminars, colloquia and the opportunity for independent research/performance that supports the mission of the program and of Kansas Wesleyan University.

Many of the courses are smaller with more in-depth study and include a variety of viewpoints from faculty and guests across the academic disciplines. The pace and work may be more rigorous and accelerated compared to a typical course of a similar level.

ADMISSION

Admission to the KWU 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 advisor. Typically students invited have at least an ACT composite score (or equivalent) of 26 and a high school (or college) cumulative GPA of 3.5. 

BENEFITS

  • 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).

CURRICULUM

Courses in the program have small class size, include in-depth study and expose students to a variety of viewpoints from faculty and guests across the academic disciplines.  Honors students are expected to read and interact to a wide spectrum of more challenging and thought provoking material than found in a typical course of a similar level. The pace and work is more rigorous and accelerated than a standard course.

Courses are available each semester and vary in topic, rotated to emphasize different areas of knowledge. Topics could include such themes as: Science and Religion; Health and Social Justice; Consumption, Corporate Responsibility and the Economic Community; and Rural Life/Rural Issues.

“HONORS” DESIGNATION REQUIREMENTS – 18 Credit Hours

The student must

a. be accepted into the Honors Program.
b. be a member of the Honors Program in good standing at the time of graduation.
c. complete 15 credit hours in courses with an HONR prefix, including at least one topical seminar and at least one issues course
d. complete a senior research project, HONR 499.

“HONORS CERTIFICATE” REQUIREMENTS: – 9 Credit Hours

The student must

a. be accepted into the Honors Program.
b. be a member of the Honors Program in good standing at the time of graduation.
c. complete 9 credit hours in courses with an HONR prefix, including at least one topical seminar and at least one issues course.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be conducted using the following methods:

  • Open ended questions
  • Original interpretations
  • Authentic products
  • Analytical writing
  • Quantity and quality of student participation in civil discourse.

Learning goals of the honors program include:

  • To develop and demonstrate a facility in inter-disciplinary thinking and synthesis of ideas and proposals in clear oral and written form.
  • To demonstrate scholarly investigative research skills.
  • To demonstrate the ability to understand and to intelligently discuss and argue the merits of arguments in various sides of significant contemporary issues.

There will be numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate goals and concepts through a variety of means. It is expected that learning strategies will be adjusted continuously throughout the courses.

EXPULSION

Expulsion from the Honors Program will occur upon any confirmed violation of the KWU Honor Code or confirmed cases of plagiarism. Any student whose GPA drops below 3.0 for the semester or the cumulative GPA drops below 3.5 will be reviewed for continuation in the program.