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Westminster College Debuts Improved Honors Curriculum

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Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Westminster College’s improved Honors Program debuted this semester with 21 Honors scholars enrolled in the first course of the new Honors course sequence, Ancient Greek Justice.

Under the guidance of Westminster faculty Dr. Bethany Hicok, professor of English and Honors Program director, and Dr. David Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy, students enrolled in this course explore how the definition of justice has evolved throughout famous texts such as The Iliad, The Odyssey and Plato’s Republic.

After completion of the classroom portion of the course, the students will travel to Greece early next summer to explore the locations they studied.

In addition to offering exposure to another culture, the new Honors sequence replaces Inquiry, Writing and Speech for first-year students enrolled in the program. During their first and second years, Honors scholars will take four additional Honors-designated classes that fulfill many of Westminster’s general education requirements. In their junior and senior years they will complete an advanced Honors capstone project.

“I am so excited to explore all the opportunities the Honors Program offers and to broaden my knowledge with its unique curriculum,” said Ashley Smialek, a first-year molecular biology major from Chicago.

Westminster’s Honors Program provides challenging learning opportunities for selected students with excellent academic records, superior abilities, intellectual promise and demonstrated initiative. The most outstanding students in the incoming first-year class or rising sophomore class are eligible and selection is competitive.

Contact Hicok at 724-946-6349, email or visit for additional information.