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Honors

Honors (HON)
The DWU Honors program is a four-year honors program that provides highly motivated students with experiences designed to expand their personal and professional horizons by developing their interpersonal and intellectual excellence to become leaders within the DWU learning community. The university offers research opportunities and other special programs to members of the Honors Program. Students should consult with their adviser about enrollment in the Honors Program.

Mission
The Honors Program is designed for the creative and academically committed student who wants an intense intellectual challenge and is prepared to invest the effort required to successfully complete the program.  Through unique courses and meaningful projects, this student enters into multiple opportunities for personal growth and professional development, service and leadership.  The honors student hones the intellect to use this talent toward the responsible advancement of human knowledge and strives toward mastery of the self, while serving others.

Goals
The successful honors student will demonstrate collaborative skills, leadership skills, provide service to others, evaluate his or her intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth, and create examples of effective expression.

Program Participation Requirements
To participate in the honors program, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 each semester.  A student who wants to participate in the program but does not meet the GPA requirement is encouraged to petition the Research and Scholarship Committee for an exception.

Participants must complete nine Honors credits.  Before a student begins an Honors Program course, he or she will be required to outline learning goals and objectives that he or she hopes to achieve, and propose a plan to the Research and Scholarship Committee that will make the achievement of these goals possible.  At the end of the course, the student will submit a reflective essay in which he or she describes, or shows modification of, these goals and outcomes.  In this reflection, the student will demonstrate the ways in which these goals and outcomes were achieved.  Additionally, students are encouraged, but not required, to submit artifacts from the course that reflect personal growth and maturity, leadership skills, collaborative skills, and/or service to others.  The reflective essays and artifacts become part of the program participant’s portfolio and may be used for program assessment.

An incoming freshman who has an ACT score of 25 or higher and is interested in participating in the program will be able to enroll in honors courses.  An ACT score of 25 or higher is not required for students interested in participating in the program who have completed at least one year of college and have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 each semester or have petitioned the Research and Scholarship Committee for an exception to the GPA requirement. 

Culminating Requirements
The student who successfully meets the participation requirements will complete a portfolio and a senior project, which will be presented to members of the faculty.

Students who complete all requirements of the Honors Program and have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA will be recognized in the Commencement program.

Course Descriptions
101-401 Honors Topics 3 hours TBA

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