The Bluefield University Honors Program offers students the opportunity to engage in exclusive, specially focused, and academically-rigorous classes and seminars.
Personal Growth Through Academic Challenge
The Honors Program offers students a challenging academic experience, opportunities for travel to meet other honors students across the country, and the means to expand their horizons. The program features an interdisciplinary seminar that integrates different areas of knowledge and culminates in a significant research project. Innovative courses lead to lively discussions that hone students’ analytical thinking, writing, and research skills.
As students move through their time at BU, they develop a strong bond with fellow honors program students. They may also choose to become active in Alpha Chi, an international honor society, or by attending regional and national conferences. Students also have the opportunity to pursue honors-enhanced courses for a richer academic experience. These courses do more than require extra work. They provide active and creative learning that enhances the student’s depth of knowledge of the course’s content. Depending on the discipline, instructor, and course, the honors-enhanced course may also require that a student:
- Deliver an oral presentation or lecture to the class on a special topic or research effort.
- Submit a research paper or project to a scholarly organization for presentation or publication.
- Complete a special research project or laboratory experiment.
- Submit a term paper.
- Attend scheduled outside-of-class meetings with the course instructor to discuss course readings.
- Complete a community service project.
No matter what activities or additional assignments are required, these opportunities give students in-depth and hands-on learning. Ideally, the work completed in honors-enhanced classes connects to the larger projects they pursue, including their senior seminar project.
Whether you plan to enter graduate school or a profession, the honors program will help you develop superior skills in independent and creative thinking that can help make this world a better place. We invite you to learn more about our program by completing the online application below.
- Have an ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1150 (Math and Critical Reading sections)
- Are eligible for the Bluefield University Presidential Scholarship
- Have a high school class rank in the top 20%
- Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above
- Submit the application below, including the four essays.
As a member of the Honors program, you are required to take:
- Honors general education courses (18-19 credit hours): chose six from English, social science, history, communications, fine arts, Christian studies, natural science, and health.
- Honors Junior Seminar (3 credit hours): an in-depth interdisciplinary investigation of issues in the student’s major, culminating in a term project of the student’s design.
- Honors Senior Seminar (1 credit hour): discussions of a jointly agreed upon ‘Great Book.’
Examples of Past Honors Courses:
- Honors Biology – Biology Lives
- Honors Christian Studies – Who was Jesus?
- Honors English – Literature of the Quest
- Honors English – Literature & Healing
- Honors English – Mythology
- Honors History – Playing History: World Civilization, Ancient to 1500
- Honors Psychology – Search for the Heart of Modern Man: the Psychology of Religion
- Honors Speech – Artful Speech from Aristotle to Zizzy Zoomers