Honors Seminar Program

The Honors College at WCU is built around the theme of Personal Leadership Development towards the end of service to the community. A few of the benefits members are afforded:

  • small class sizes (generally 15-24 students)
  • access to specially designed interdisciplinary courses
  • membership in the Honors Student Association
  • access to Honors staff and office as information and support center
  • special recognition at commencement
  • honors housing on six or seventh floor of Allegheny Hall *
  • qualification for Honors scholarship awards
  • opportunity to participate in PASSHE International Summer Honors Programs
  • eligibility to participate in international study (faculty & honors students go to South Africa biennially)

Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of Honors course work at the HON 351-452 level and demonstrate active contributions and service to co-curricular elements of the campus community for transcript and graduation recognition.

A minimum of three HON 351-452 level courses are offered each semester. These are small group (15-24 students) seminar offerings that are interdisciplinary with writing emphasis and have no prerequisites. Students may petition, on special circumstances, to substitute an HON 400-level independent study for three hours of credit.

Honors Seminar Student Update

Miss WCU

(Photo courtesy of Tyger Williams, Philadelphia Inquirer staff)

 

Honors Seminar Student, Allie Short, was recently crowned Miss WCU! Allie is a junior, Social Work major with a minor in Women and Gender Studies and a passion for community education. As Miss WCU, Allie plans to bring attention to the issue of homelessness. We are so proud of Allie and cannot wait to see how she shines through her new platform! Read her interview with Susan Snyder of the Philadelphia Inquirerto learn more of Allie’s amazing story.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. an earned minimum of 30 credits;
  2. an earned minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA;
  3. record of leadership and community service while in college.

Retention

To remain in good standing in the Honors Seminar Program, students must:

  • regularly schedule and complete Honors course offerings (a minimum of one course every two semesters)
  • maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25
  • earn a minimum grade of C+ in all honors course work

Completion of Program

To complete the Honors Seminar Program and receive recognition, students must:

  • complete a minimum of 12 hours of Honors course work at the 351 and above level
  • maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25
  • earn a minimum grade of C+ in all honors course work

Recognition for Graduation

  • Students who complete the 351/452 level Honors courses will have an “H” designation for the work recorded on their transcript, and will have “Honors Seminar Program” indicated
  • A document of merit and medallion will be awarded upon completion of the minimum twelve hours at the annual spring Senior Seminar Medallion Ceremony.

Note: to receive a medallion, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher by the end of the semester prior to graduation, successfully fulfilled honors college requirements with a C+ or higher AND be present at the Seminar Medallion Ceremony. No medallions will be presented outside the ceremony, no exceptions!

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