Honors Program Personnel
Dr. Ryan Neal, Co-Director
Dr. Chuck Fuller, Co-Director
Annie Brink, Administrative Assistant
Anderson University invites students with strong academic backgrounds to apply to the Honors Program. Applications are accepted throughout the year, but students are admitted for entrance for each fall semester. Details about the Honors Program and the application are available on the website: www.andersonuniversity.edu/honors.
The Honors Program provides a unique course of study. Along with completing the chosen major and honors courses, students can engage in independent research, participate in extra-curricular activities, and graduate with honors.
All Honors courses are uniquely tailored for Honors students, integrating faith and specific academic disciplines. In the first three semesters Honors students take three Foundations courses, which cover the span of Western intellectual thought from antiquity to the 21st Century. Students study philosophy, history, literature, theology and the arts to show how they intersect with Christian history and the Christian faith. In every course students engage the disciplines and topics from a Christian worldview, while also ensuring the students express and develop their views on relevant questions and perennial problems.
Every Honors student takes Apologetics, a course that focuses on a thorough study of apologetics and philosophical reasoning. Honors students will study the proofs for God’s existence, the problem of evil and suffering, and a number of other philosophical issues related to the intelligibility of Christianity, designed to equip students to articulate their views on contemporary challenges to the Christian Faith in the 21st Century.
Additionally, the Honors program has independent research opportunities for Juniors and Seniors, where students are mentored one-on-one as they participate in original research in a variety of fields. The Honors program offers several elective courses, including: Christian Ethics, Science & Faith, and Interdisciplinary Topics.
Students enrolled in the Honors Program must fulfill the General Education requirements for their degree program, but Honors students can fulfill some of their General Education requirements by successfully completing select Honors courses.
The Honors Program involves extra- curricular activities, such as participation in the National Collegiate Honors Council, field trips, and recreational activities.
Students who complete the Honors Program are eligible for graduation with honors. Participation in the Honors Program will be designated on the student’s diploma and recognized at the annual Honors Convocation. Students enrolled in the Honors Program enjoy an experience designed for high performing individuals. The curriculum and activities are designed to produce critical thinkers, independent learners, and creative problem solvers. The overall program provides for a solid foundation for future stages of educational development in undergraduate and graduate studies.