One of the best honors programs in the country.
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—as Irish poet Seamus Heaney once remarked—your words have "the feel of you about them?" 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 College offers a distinctive course of study for academically and intellectually prepared students who want to challenge themselves. While the core of the Honors College is a specially designed menu of team-taught seminars that replace Westminster’s general education requirements, the college provides its 180 Honors students with other enriched opportunities like leadership training, mentoring and funding for research, meetings with visiting speakers, writing awards, and access to unique study abroad opportunities. Most importantly, these high-achieving students feel a sense of shared purpose and community that grows out of the distinctive learning environment.
The team-taught, interdisciplinary seminar curriculum is one of the most comprehensive in the country. These engaging classes encourage active learning, personalized attention, and critical thinking. The curriculum is designed to help students discover their own identities as thinkers, speakers, and writers.
While Honors students are represented in all majors across campus, because they take their core Honors courses together and have access to a robust co-curricular program, they feel an especially strong connection to each other.
The Honors College is housed in historic Nunemaker Place, located on the banks of Emigration Creek. This three-story building gives Honors students a place to work on papers, attend social events and meetings, read, relax, or just hang out with friends.