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Admission Requirements & Curriculum

Admission Requirements


High school seniors

  • 1300 SAT or 29 ACT score
  • Minimum 3.7 high school G.P.A.
  • Campus interview with the Ad Hoc Honors Committee (exceptions may be considered)

First-year students in the spring semester

  • Minimum Westminster G.P.A. of 3.7 in the fall semester
  • Support form submitted by all professors from the fall semester
  • Interview with the Ad Hoc Honors Committee

 

Curriculum


The Honors Curriculum is comprised of the following courses:
  • Honors Inquiry
  • Honors Writing
  • Honors Seminar (2 semester hours)
  • Three Honors courses rotated among the various disciplines (which could satisfy IP, Cluster, Major, or minor credit; no course may have prerequisites, except courses which have the prerequisite of WRI 111 or SPE 111)
  • Two to three discipline-specific research courses (601, 602, 660, 670) in which students will successfully initiate and complete a creative/original, workable thesis and research project within a discipline through Capstone and Honors Research courses.

Students admitted to the All-College Honors Program in the spring semester of the first-year are exempted from the Honors Inquiry requirement. Those who placed out of Writing 111 because they earned an AP writing credit must take the Honors Writing course.

The Honors Inquiry course is taught by the Honors Program Coordinator. Two of the three disciplinary-specific Honors-designated courses must be earned outside of the Honors Scholar’s discipline. Interdisciplinary majors must take two of the three Honors-designated courses outside the discipline that constitutes the largest number of courses in the major. Honors-designated courses will be open to non-Honors Scholars if the necessary enrollment is not reached. Non-Honors Scholars who enroll in Honors-designated courses must have a minimum 3.5 GPA or consent of instructor to enroll.

The Honors Seminar (2 semester hours) is a gateway course to the research component of the Honors Program. Like other components of the Honors Program, the Honors Seminar demands self-motivation and active contribution to group activities, especially class discussions. Its aims are:

  • to provide a sense of community among Honors Scholars
  • to provide the opportunity for senior and junior Honors Scholars to mentor sophomores
  • to cultivate active engagement in co-curricular lectures on campus and through leading discussions
  • to promote participation in the honor society Omicron Kappa Sigma through coordinating co-curricular events, planning student meetings, and organizing and presenting Honors forums