Are you a high-achieving student interested in rich opportunities? Do you enjoy new challenges in learning? The honors program at Southwestern is for you! Discuss complex ideas in classes designed just for you. Travel overseas and earn course credits in fascinating international topics. Engage with the genius and knowledge of the past and present as you develop skills that will help you shape the future: problem solving, critical thinking, and understanding challenging ideas. Honors students do different work, not more. This enables creative and bright students to build competence in diverse subjects they can apply to any field of study. Graduation with honors will open doors of opportunity to graduate study and careers.
Entering freshmen with a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5, or an SAT composite score of 1050 (critical reading and math), or a minimum ACT score of 24, are invited to apply for admission to the Honors Program. Currently enrolled Southwestern students and transfer students with a GPA of at least 3.4 on all college courses may also apply for admission to the program. To remain in the program, students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.4.
Honors students are required to take certain honors courses in fulfillment of parts of their general education. They also have some seminars together as an honors cohort in their junior and senior years. Each honors student completes an honors project in his or her major field as well.
2016 Honors Study Tour, May 9 - 23: German Identity
This year’s cultural tour, “Imperial Dream, National Nightmare,” will take honors students to key locations in German history such as Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Dresden, Nuremberg, and Munich. You will visit Checkpoint Charlie, the Gestapo Museum, the Berlin Wall, the War Trials Museum, a Nazi concentration camp, Neuschwanstein Castle, and many other important sites as you discover what went into the formation of Germany and the issues involved in creating German identity.