Honors General Studies Program

The Honors General Studies Program offers an alternate general studies experience designed to inspire curious, highly motivated students to serve as leaders of thought and agents of change.

This program is a separate track of general studies and not a major or a minor in itself. Honors core courses have a flavor distinctly different from the regular general studies courses because they use primary source material more extensively than textbooks to enhance the development of independent thinking. Honors core courses follow an interdisciplinary approach that stresses the unity of knowledge; honors electives are designed to help students “transform academic achievement into responsible citizenship” (WWU Mission Statement). The classes are more personalized and typically smaller than other general studies classes. Some courses are team taught.

Students in the Honors Program are awarded an annual scholarship dependent on successful completion of specific courses and a minimum GPA. See https://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/areas-of-study/honors-program/ for specific details and scholarship amounts. At graduation, students who complete the Honors Program requirements with at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in honors core courses and honors core cognates will be designated as "Honors General Studies Graduates."

Admission Requirements. The Honors Admissions Committee considers high school GPA, standardized test scores, an essay submitted by the student as part of the application, and on occasion, personal interviews with applicants and recommendations from teachers. It is advantageous for applicants to have completed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course work and other enriched offerings in high school. Students already enrolled in the University may apply to the program or petition the Honors Program director to enroll in a specific Honors course.

Program Requirements. Honors students must complete the honors core courses and a selection of other general studies courses as listed below.

Honors General Studies Requirements

For B.A.: Honors core, honors core cognates, a foreign language (12 credits of elementary or 8 credits of intermediate), and additional honors electives to total 80 hours, at least one course from each elective category.

For B.B.A., B.S., and B.S.W.: Honors core, honors core cognates, and additional honors electives to total 68 hours, at least one course from each elective category.

For B.S.E., B.Mus. (Music Education): Honors core, honors core cognates, and one religion elective.

For B.Mus. (Performance): Honors core, honors core cognates, one religion elective, and FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 103, or GRMN 101, GRMN 102, GRMN 103.

Core Requirements (35 credits):

HONR 131Western Thought

4

HONR 132Western Thought

4

HONR 133Western Thought

4

HONR 243Honors Research Writing

3

HONR 281The Bible and Its Environments

4

HONR 310Science and the Arts

4

HONR 348Topics in World Religious Thought

4

HONR 349Religion in a Social Context

4

HONR 392Honors Portfolio

1

HONR 496Honors Seminar: Faith and Learning

1

HONR 497Honors Seminar: Faith and Learning

1

HONR 498Honors Seminar: Faith and Learning

1

Core Cognates (20 credits):

ENGL 121College Writing I

3

ENGL 122College Writing II

3

or

ENGL 141Advanced College Writing I

3

ENGL 142Advanced College Writing II

3

PEAC Physical Education Activity Courses

2

Select one of the following:
MATH 181Calculus I

4

or

MATH 131Calculus for the Life Sciences I

4

We expect incoming Honors students without college writing credit to enroll in Advanced College Writing (ENGL 141). Honors students who have achieved a 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition Exam or the Literature and Composition exam will be awarded 3 quarter hours as a substitute for ENGL 121/ENGL 141. Honors students who have obtained credit for the equivalent ENGL 223 may, by submitting an acceptable portfolio of work from their course, waive the requirement of HONR 243, Honors Research Writing.

Select one of the following sequences (8 credits):

BIOL 141General Biology

4

BIOL 142General Biology

4

CHEM 141General Chemistry

3

CHEM 142General Chemistry

3

CHEM 144General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 145General Chemistry Laboratory

1

PHYS 211General Physics

3

PHYS 212General Physics

3

PHYS 214General Physics Laboratory

1

PHYS 215General Physics Laboratory

1

PHYS 251Principles of Physics

3

PHYS 252Principles of Physics

3

PHYS 254Principles of Physics Laboratory

1

PHYS 255Principles of Physics Laboratory

1

Religion Elective: Select one of the following:

RELB 354/ENGL 454Literature of the Bible

4

RELB 421Interpreting the Bible

4

RELB 474Study Tour: The Holy Lands and Its Peoples

4

RELH 205Biblical Archaeology

4

RELM 233Introduction to Cross-Cultural Ministry

3

RELT 342Issues of God and Faith

3

RELT 348Christian Ethics

4

RELT 412/PHIL 412Philosophy of Religion

4

Honors Electives for B.A., B.B.A., B.S., and B.S.W. Degrees:

Choose one course from each of the following categories.

Requests for substitutions for credit earned through directed study or study abroad opportunities may be submitted to the Honors Program director for consideration. In addition to Adventist Colleges Abroad, WWU has specific affiliations with Middlebury College’s Oxford Humanities Program, The Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Best Semester Program, and the Balua Regional Archaeological Project.

Global Understanding: Select one of the following courses:

COMM 325Multicultural Communication

3

ENGL 359World Literature

4

HIST 242Modern East Asian History

4

HIST 274Study Tour: English History in Context

4

HIST 283Latin America

4

HIST 357/ENGL 357The African-American Experience

4

HIST 474Study Tour: English Reformation

4

HIST 446History of the Pacific Northwest

4

SOCI 236Privilege and Oppression

4

SOCI 420Immigration and Identity

4

Responsible Citizenship: Select one of the following courses:

COMM 357Media Law

4

ECON 204Fundamentals of Economics

4

MGMT 476Foundations of Leadership

4

PHIL 204Essentials of Critical Reasoning

4

PHIL 305Moral Philosophy

4

PHIL 411Philosophy of Law

4

PHIL 440/HIST 440History of Social and Political Philosophy

4

PLSC 224American Government

4

TECH 321Technology and Society

4

Aesthetic Appreciation: Select one of the following courses:

ART 312Aesthetics and Photography

4

ART 324History of World Art

3

ART 325History of World Art

3

ART 326History of World Art

3

ENGL 274Study Tour: British Literature in Context

4

ENGL 313Image and Text

4

ENGL 360Shakespeare at Ashland

2

ENGL 474Study Tour: Topics in British Literature

4

WRIT 324Creative Nonfiction Writing

4

WRIT 334Poetry Writing

4

WRIT 335Narrative Writing

4