An Honors course is an academic credit hour course with an "Honors" designation. Most Honors courses parallel the Liberal Studies Program curriculum; therefore, they are not additional requirements needed to complete a degree program. Honors credits correspond to the number of hours for the course.
Honors courses differ from regular courses in that they are:
For an idea of Honors courses offered, view the course offerings file in the Resources section on this page.
In my first semester I took Honors Biology (BIO 104). My favorite part about the class
was the fact that we went more in-depth with the material. Working on group activities
was also easier in my Honors course than it was in my other courses. Working with
fellow Honors students helps build a sense of community and productivity.
- Bella McMahan
I have taken multiple honors classes and I have enjoyed each one of them! One benefit
of honors classes is that you take them only with other honors students, so it's students
you see around your dorm and in your other honors classes! I made multiple friends
from getting to know people in my honors classes and then seeing them in our honors
- Jordan Chambliss
My favorite part about taking Honors courses my freshman year was that we were all
in class with only other Honors students, most of which we were also living with in
Balsam or Blue Ridge. It made it very easy to make friends, and also if you needed
a study buddy someone in your class was probably just down the hall from your room!
It’s also a great way to connect with professors more closely because most Honors
courses tend to be smaller than regular courses!
- Dixie Laws
Honors courses have been my favorite courses that I have taken at Western. The class
sizes are generally pretty small, so you get to know your professors really well and
have the opportunity to work on special projects with them. The classes are also usually
discussion-based, which helps me to think about the course material and apply it to
my own life. I definitely would recommend taking Honors courses!
- Melissa Rogers