The Honors Program is offered to recognize and challenge the College’s most academically talented students. Participation is voluntary for all qualified students other than Wesleyan Scholars, who are required to complete the program.
Requirements for Admission to Honors Program
High school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and 1200 SAT score or 27 one-time ACT score.
Second-semester Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
Cumulative college grade point average of 3.5 or above.
Any student who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 may enroll in Honors classes, subject to meeting any prerequisites, after students in the program have been accommodated. A student must declare his or her intention to complete the Honors Program no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. To be eligible for participation in the program, including its co-curricular events, a student must maintain the following cumulative grade point average by the end of each academic year: freshman, 3.25; sophomore, 3.4; junior, 3.5. To graduate with an Honors Degree-e.g., Bachelor of Arts (Honors)-a student must complete the requirements below and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.
Requirements for Graduation with an Honors Degree
No more than two courses in a single subject area – e.g., ENG, HIST, SOC – may satisfy Honors Program requirements.
- Freshman sequence
- INDS 120, Introduction to the Humanities (Honors) 3 hrs.
- ENG 170, Contemporary Literature (Honors) 3 hrs.
- For general education, the requirement of Composition I and II is waived upon completion of this sequence, which also satisfies the Introduction to the Humanities and literature requirements.
- Sophomore, junior, and senior sequence
- Three 3-hr. Honors courses, OR
- Two 3 -hr. Honors courses AND a semester of study abroad, OR
- Two 3-hr. Honors courses AND completion of two college-level courses (6 hrs.) in a single foreign language.
- Two 1-hr. Honors Seminars (DIV 310) to be taken in the sophomore, junior, or senior year. No more than one Honors Seminar may be taken per year.
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.
- A total of 17 hours in honors courses.
- Each semester, Honors students will attend at least two events, sanctioned by the Director of the Honors Program, in order to remain in good standing in the Honors Program. The Director will monitor this requirement by students adhering to the honor system.
A student working toward an Honors Degree may opt to substitute any Honors history course for a general education history survey course (HST 101, 102, 121, 122).
All Honors courses are special offerings conducted in seminar format.