Honors Program

Objectives In keeping with its stated mission, and with its overall commitment to the goals and ideals of Christian liberal arts education, the Anderson University honors program seeks to develop a cohort of scholars with demonstrated capabilities in the following areas:

  • Global understanding and engagement – Honors scholars will demonstrate an awareness of major cultural, social, and political issues within the United States and in the world.
  • Creative problem-solving – Honors scholars will demonstrate an ability to identify and analyze problems and propose solutions from both discipline-specific and integrative perspectives.
  • Clear expression – Honors scholars will demonstrate a high degree of clarity and sophistication in their written and oral forms of expression.
  • Aesthetic awareness – Honors scholars will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the arts and humanities as expressions of culture and of one’s experience of the world, leading to heightened aesthetic sensitivity and personal involvement within the arts and humanities.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the environment – Honors scholars will demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of the natural world and of human interaction with that world.
  • Vital Christian ethical practice – Honors scholars will develop and express their Christian values through academic study and service within the university community and in the broader world.

Ideals and Design of the Honors Program Anderson University is committed to the highest ideals of Christian higher education. As an integral part of that commitment, the honors program seeks to prepare students of demonstrated achievement for leadership in a range of fields of endeavor. Within this context, our scholars will be challenged to cultivate the life of the spirit, maturing in the virtues of integrity, justice, and generosity.

The honors program provides a series of small discussion-based interdisciplinary courses that satisfy particular liberal arts program requirements. These courses, as well as close interaction with faculty and a cohort of peers, offer intellectually challenging experiences that will stimulate and refine the skills of clear expression, acute analysis, critical thinking, and imaginative problem-solving.

Upon completion of the honors program curriculum, honors scholars will receive special recognition at commencement and on their transcript.

Academic Honors Day, an event for high-achieving high school seniors, is held each November, and participation in this event is required for consideration for the honors program. Honors program applicant files are reviewed by the Faculty Selection Committee and include the applicant’s transcript, SAT or ACT scores, résumé, recommendation letter, and notes from an interview at Academic Honors Day. 

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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