The Honors School
Dean: Walter Greason, PhD
The Honors School offers a program for high-achieving students, doing so in a supportive learning community that provides enhanced curricular and co-curricular experiences. This program fosters enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry as a lifelong process and incorporates interdisciplinary approaches to education to encourage the intellectual growth and ethical growth necessary for a successful college and post-college life.
Honors students work closely with faculty mentors as they pursue scholarly research, writing, and dissemination. They complete twenty-five honors credits, twelve at the lower level in general education and thirteen at the upper level in their major. Students fulfill their twelve general education credits by taking sections restricted to Honors students. Limited in size to no more than twenty students, these Honors classes promote faculty and student rapport and participation. Many courses, moreover, such as in English, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science, are “clustered” together by a cohesive theme that encourages seeing the connections among different fields of study, thereby encouraging an integrative approach to learning. Students in the cluster take these courses together, further fostering friendship and collaborative learning. For students whose strengths lie in Math and Sciences, we also offer Honors sections at the lower level.
At the upper level, students complete thirteen credits of Honors courses in the major, culminating in the Senior Honors Thesis. The thesis is completed as a tutorial, with the close support and intellectual guidance of faculty mentors.
Thanks to an ample budget comprised of both internal and external funds, the Honors experience is enriched by numerous social, cultural, and academic co- and extracurricular activities. In addition, the Honors School offers students the opportunity to be considered for Jane Freed award for the best completed Honors Thesis. The Jane Freed Award is in the amount of $1,000 and allows students the opportunity to be published in the Honors School research journal, Crossroads.
Honors students also enjoy enhanced opportunities after graduation. In addition to gainful employment, more than 50 percent of Honors School students go on to pursue graduate and professional degree programs. Graduation from the Honors School is noted on the student's transcript and diploma. Best of all, Honors School students know that they have completed a program that encourages intellectual risk in a supportive environment.