Knowledge, faith, service.  Southwestern’s Honors Program serves to enhance your university experience in all three of these areas.  We seek to provide you with interdisciplinary courses that will strengthen your mental skills, to help you integrate your faith with your academics and to offer opportunities to serve the local community.  We want to help you develop academically, culturally and spiritually so that you can be of greater service to God and your community.


  • Participate in challenging and creative interdisciplinary courses.
  • Be part of a cohort of other high-achieving students.
  • Travel as part of your Honors curriculum in the annual study tours
  • Tuition scholarships ($500 sophomore year, $1000 junior year and $2000 senior year)
  • Receive individual mentorship towards an original Honors thesis project



  • High school GPA of 3.5 (or 3.4 college transfer GPA)
  • ACT of 24 or SAT composite score of 1130 in critical reading and math
  • Honors students must maintain a GPA of 3.4 to remain in the Honors Program.
  • Honor students take at least three Honors courses in fulfillment of parts of the General Education requirements.
  • Honors students have several courses within the program (HNRS 200 Honors Perspective—taken the freshman or sophomore year and HNRS 300 Junior Seminar—taken the junior year).
  • Each honors students completes an honors thesis project in his or her major field during their senior year as part of HNRS 400 and HNRS 401.


2018 Honors Study Tour
Music and Culture of the American South

This course will focus on the history of Southern music, particularly gospel, blues, jazz, and traditional.  The historical development of each genre will be illustrated by playing musical numbers.  The course will discuss how Southern culture (especially African-American culture) has influenced Southern music and will highlight leading musicians from each genre (like Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King and Louis Armstrong).  The ten-day travel portion of the course will include visits to Nashville, TN, Memphis, TN, New Orleans, LA, Natchez, MS and Indianola, MS.

Honors Study Tour: Greece

Honor students Collette and Andre take us along on their Honors Program tour of Greece!

Faculty Profile

Amy McHenry, PhD

Biological Sciences

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