Benefits of Honors


Academic Distinction

The Honors designation on your transcript shows graduate schools and employers that you have achieved academic success in rigorous classes and worked with some of the college's finest teachers and students. The challenging, comprehensive curriculum also allows you to grow as a thinker, writer, and speaker.

Small Class Sizes

Honors classes have an intimate, seminar-style feel, allowing for close student-professor interactions and mentoring—an important benefit when you need letters of recommendation for jobs and graduate school.

Excellent Faculty

Honors College faculty are known for their teaching excellence and passion for working with students. In fact, six Honors professors have won Westminster’s Gore Excellence in Teaching award, the college’s top recognition for faculty.

Enhanced Support, Advising, and Mentoring

As a first-year Honors student, you’ll receive specialized advising from trained advisors, meet weekly with your cohort during the fall semester, and attend an early, supplemental day of orientation to help ease the transition to college life. You’ll also be grouped with peer mentors—upper-class Honors students with extensive experience in the program—who can help guide you through your first year of college.

Interdisciplinary Approaches

The interdisciplinary nature of Honors seminars brings students and two faculty from different departments together to ensure an exciting class atmosphere, helping you engage in a higher order of thinking and preparing you for the interdisciplinary approach of most top graduate programs and professional fields.

Alternative Gen-Ed Experience

The Honors curriculum offers a unique learning experience that goes beyond the standard college general education classes in a series of specially designed seminars. Honors also offers an efficient, flexible pathway through gen-ed requirements, freeing up your time so you can fit in double majors, multiple minors, electives, extracurricular activities, intensive research projects, leadership opportunities, and other enhanced academic experiences.

Research Opportunities

The seminar-style approach to learning, the emphasis on writing and research in classes, and the program’s support of outside research allows you to more fully investigate your academic interests. Many Honors students have their work published, or present their work at national conferences. The Honors College also awards two substantial independent summer research grants annually to Honors students.

Sense of Community

Honors students take core classes together and interact with Honors faculty and students through other academic and social events. This interaction helps establish a sense of belonging to the college community. The Honors College is housed in Nunemaker Place, where you’ll find a variety of distinctive spaces, including a resource/scholarship library, staff offices, meeting areas, a lounge, reading and study spaces, and computer work stations. Located next to beautiful Emigration Creek, Nunemaker opens out onto a tree-lined patio where you can eat lunch, read, and relax with your fellow Honors students.

Special Study Abroad Opportunity

Westminster’s Honors College is a member of the Principia Consortium, which gives students access to a unique Honors educational experience at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Access to Supplementary Resources

As an Honors student, you’ll have access to many additional resources for learning, including the Honors College listserv, the Pizza with Profs lecture series, the Honors College newsletter, attendance at cultural events and other field studies, funding to attend and present papers at academic conferences, leadership training opportunities like the Student Honors Council, special recognition opportunities like the Honors seminar book awards, financial support to investigate graduate schools out of state, and opportunities to participate in special meetings with distinguished visiting scholars and lecturers.

Fellowship Advising Office

Westminster’s Fellowship Advising Office, which serves the entire student body, is housed in the Honors College, ensuring that Honors students are introduced to a wide range of post-graduate fellowship opportunities like the Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, and Truman scholarships.