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The Westminster College Honors Program

What if your classes were designed around the concept of helping you practice the habit of thinking? Of helping you develop an authentic writer's voice, so that your words have "the feel of you about them," as Irish poet Seamus Heaney once remarked? Of helping you challenge yourself to such a degree that you learn new things about yourself? If these questions appeal to you, then you've come to the right place.

Westminster's Honors program offers a distinctive course of study for academically and intellectually prepared students who want to challenge themselves. While the core of the program is the specially-designed, 7-course seminar sequence, which replaces the college-wide Liberal Education (LE) experience, Honors at Westminster consists of other enriched opportunities like leadership training, mentoring and funding for research, meetings with visiting speakers, writing awards, and access to unique study abroad opportunities, among others. Most importantly, Honors students feel a sense of shared purpose and community that grows out of the distinctive learning environment.

The team-taught, interdisciplinary seminars encourage active learning, personalized attention, and critical thinking. The curriculum is designed to help students discover their own identities as thinkers, speakers, and writers. The program also offers a range of upper-level classes that cover topics beyond the 7-course seminar sequence.

Because Honors students take many of their courses together and participate in a range of outside activities, they feel an especially strong connection to the program and the college. The program is housed in historic Nunemaker Place, located on the banks of Emigration Creek by the residence halls. This three-story building gives Honors students a place to write papers on networked computers, attend social events and meetings, read, relax, or just hang out with friends.

Honors Alums Discuss Their Experience at Westminster

What is Honors?

Why Honors?

Honors in the "Real World"