The Honors Program invites applications from intellectually curious and motivated students. Our courses are designed to challenge, but not overwhelm, students with subjects and activities that derive from a variety of disciplines. The social, conference, and service activities of the Honors Program, like our courses, encourage students to develop their academic and personal strengths, while also venturing into things with which they might be less comfortable. Thus, students who thrive with applied learning opportunities are able to do so, without losing sight of the academic issues at stake. For their part, students who are comfortable writing long and thoughtful research projects also learn how to work with other people on group projects, or in service efforts.
Some people hesitate to apply to the Honors Program because they have some sense that Honors students must be “perfect”. None of our students (or staff members, or faculty members) are perfect. All are human and fallible; but all are also willing to challenge themselves, to discuss important and exciting subjects with other people, and to become the campus experts on subjects of their choosing, under the mentorship of faculty members and other colleagues.
In the Honors Program, student abilities and interests are encouraged, and students are given ample information and encouragement to pursue Study Abroad opportunities, service activities, conferences, and graduate school or post-baccalaureate work.