The Walsh University Honors Program is a challenging, interdisciplinary and intellectually rewarding educational experience. It is designed for students who excelled academically throughout high school, are interested in a broad range of issues and disciplines, and want to define their college years with success, leadership and intellectual growth. If this describes you, consider applying.
Honors Program Benefits
- Honors Scholarship - All honors students receive a renewable scholarship of $2,000 per year, which increases each year of participation in the program.
- Membership into the National Collegiate Council of Honors Programs - Students have the opportunity to present at national and regional conferences as well as other academic venues, both on and off campus.
- Participant Opportunities- Attendance and participation in a program of colloquia, speakers and social events designed expressly for the education and entertainment of honors students.
- Honors Housing - Freshman and sophomore honors students have the option of rooming with other honors students in the Lemon Hall Honors/International Living and Learning Community.
- Peer Support - Each honors student has his/her own honors mentor.
- Special Recognition - "Honors Graduate Status" is noted on transcripts sent to potential employers and graduate schools.
- Honors Publishing - Each student is required to complete a senior honors thesis, which will be catalogued in the Walsh library as well as on OhioLINK.
Other Privileges Include:
- Early registration for classes. To ensure an optimal class schedule that is most convenient for you.
- Class auditing. Sit in on classes of your interest at no extra fee.
- Extended library usage. Extended borrowing privileges from the University library.
- Free residency. Live on campus during the summer after your third year to work on your senior honors thesis.
Honors Program Course of Study
Freshman year (9 credits) and sophomore year (6 credits) each include:
- Honors Writing (one semester)
- Honors History (two semesters) The History of Christianity and The History of Science
- Honors World Literature
- Great Ideas in Humanity
- Optional Service Learning Trip to Uraguay in May
Courses emphasize the connection among academic disciplines, demonstrating that knowledge in one area enhances the understanding of many others.
Junior year (9 credits) includes two additional 300-level seminars and a junior honors project.
- Seminars - Interdisciplinary courses organized around a specific theme or topic
- Junior Honors Project - Completed in a course of your choice. For most students, the project is associated with their field of study and has profound impact on their career paths and academic goals.
Senior year (3 or 6 credits) includes the capstone of the honors program, Honors 400, which is the final independent research project.
- Senior Honors Thesis - Students conduct original research while working closely with a faculty mentor. Modeled on the research and creativity typically found in graduate school projects, Honors 400 concludes with an oral presentation as part of the final celebration with Walsh students and faculty.