The College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program fosters the continued intellectual and personal growth of students who excel academically and creatively by providing them with rigorous and engaging learning experiences within a cohesive multidisciplinary community.
The Honors Program is designed to enhance and build on the general education and major requirements of a student’s chosen undergraduate degree while providing a supportive campus community of motivated and high-achieving students. Honors classes are tailored to help students develop advanced communication and critical thinking skills, lifelong reflective practices, and the ability to use components of different disciplines to complete their goals. Students can participate in honors courses both within their required General Education and major curricula. Opportunities will be provided for each student to reflect on their goals, as a student and as an adult, to determine the skills, tools and experiences needed to reach those goals. Students will also explore and reflect on their roles within the global, local and academic community. Finally, students participating in the program will be tasked with assisting in the development of co-curricular events that will support their academic and social needs. Through this process, students will learn valuable leadership and organizational skills while also allowing the program to be flexible and adaptive to the needs of each cohort of honors students.
Student learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program at Shenandoah University, students will be able to:
- Communicate effectively, authentically and logically through written, oral and/or performance assignments.
- Articulate and apply concepts, tools and methodologies from multiple disciplines.
- Intentionally reflect on personal experiences in order to improve one’s own learning and increase intellectual development.
- Identify and discuss ethical issues, make informed judgments and propose ethical solutions.