Honors Program

Take your educational experience to a higher level—through coursework that encourages you to think critically; through cultural events that broaden your appreciation of the arts; through community involvement and engagement that further connect you to your college, regional, and global communities; and through travel opportunities that expand your horizons.

Program Admission

Students who meet any of the following requirements are invited to apply for admission to The Honors Program:

  • A high school G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher
  • A Western cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher (with a minimum of 12 credits completed)
  • ACT composite score of 26 or higher
  • SAT composite score of 1200 or higher
  • ACCUPLACER reading and writing scores of 80 or higher

A limited number of students will be admitted to the Honors Program each term.

Program Requirements

To complete the Honors Program, you will accumulate “Honors Units” in four categories: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Culture.  To successfully complete the program, you must accumulate 12 Honors Units, including at least 2 units in each category.

You can earn your Honors Units in any of the following ways. 

  1. Fulfill an Honors Contract for a General Studies Course (2 Scholarship units).  Honors contracts typically involve modifications to one or more assignments, to encourage enhanced critical thinking from Honors Program students.
  2. Successfully complete an Honors Seminar (1 to 2 units per seminar—categories vary, depending on the seminar).  Honors seminars bring Honors Program students together to study, discuss, and address topics of significance in our society.  Many of the workshops are based on Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors in Action program and/or Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development course; membership in Phi Theta Kappa is not required to participate.  Honors seminars are offered free of charge.
  3. Serve for 1 year in a leadership role for Student Government or one of its sanctioned clubs (2 Leadership units).  Western clubs provide great opportunities for leadership.  Serve as a Student Government or club officer for a full school year, and apply that experience toward your Honors Program requirements.
  4. Participate in a service event through a Western club or through UGETCONNECTED.org (.25 Service units per hour served).  Make a difference at your college and in your community by getting involved in a service event.  You can participate through a Western club, or you can explore options through UGETCONNECTED.org.
  5. Complete a service-learning designated course (2 Service units).  Complete a service-learning designated class.  You’ll get to apply your learning in ways that allow you to make a difference in your community, and you’ll earn Honors Program units. 
  6. Participate in Western’s Study Abroad Program (2 Culture units).  Experience the cultural opportunities of other parts of the world through Western’s Study Abroad program.
  7. Attend and reflect on an Honors Program designated event (1 Culture unit).  Get out and experience the arts by attending select cultural events.  You’ll find a list of eligible events on the Honors Program Blackboard site.  

You can take advantage of an option multiple times.  For example, you can complete Honors Contracts for multiple courses, complete multiple service projects, attend multiple cultural events, and so on.

In addition to what is listed above, special opportunities for earning Honors Units may be offered from time to time.  These will be promoted on the program’s Blackboard site.

Program Benefits

By successfully completing The Honors Program, you will gain the following benefits:

  • Honors Program designation at Commencement
  • Letter of recognition from the college president
  • Enhanced resume and college/university credentials
  • Opportunities to connect with your college and community.
Contact