Honors Program

Dr. Teddi Deka, Director
deka@missouriwestern.edu   
Honors Office (816) 271-4535
www.missouriwestern.edu/Honors

Dedicated to academic excellence, the nationally affiliated Honors Program at Missouri Western State University provides an enriched educational experience for the exceptional student. The program is designed for the student who enjoys learning, and whose personal goals emphasize the pursuit of understanding and knowledge. Ultimately, the program provides students with academic training and  skills which will serve them well in both their chosen careers and their personal lives.

Goals of the program are to foster the growth of intellectual inquiry, independence, and initiative in honors participants with an array of learning experiences including special courses, colloquia, and independent research and study. Each honors experience is simultaneously challenging, exciting, and enjoyable.

Students wishing to participate in the Honors Program must complete an application available at www.missouriwestern.edu/Honors and meet the admission requirements:

Incoming Students - Minimum ACT composite score of 26 and unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 or top 10% of class. Students must maintain a 3.2 GPA (freshmen) or 3.5 GPA (non-freshmen) to remain in good standing with the Honors Program.

Current Students - Minimum GPA of 3.5 based on at least 15 hours of college-level coursework at MWSU or other accredited university. Students with more than 32 hours of college credit will only be accepted to participate in Majors Honors. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain in good standing with the Honors Program. Honors students may earn General Studies Honors and/or Majors Honors, as specified below.

General Studies Honors

To earn General Studies Honors, a student must take:

  • 6 General Studies Honors courses (18-24 credit hours), earning an A or a B in each course AND
  • 6 credit hours of Honors Colloquia, earning an A or a B in each colloquia.
  • Maintain good standing (overall GPA of 3.2 [freshmen] or 3.5 [non-freshmen]) General Studies Honors courses must be taken from faculty at Missouri Western.

Tentative Two-Year Cycle of General Studies Honors Courses

The following two-year cycle of general studies courses ensures that courses from the various categories and subcategories of the General Studies Program are available to the students. Courses from the General Studies Honors Program will be available at least once in every four-year cycle. Highly enrolled courses are offered each year. Honors sections are indicated with a section number in the 80's, such as PED 101-80. The following courses are always considered honors, regardless of section number:

ENG 112Honors Composition and Rhetoric3
MAT 165Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation3
MAT 167Calculus with Analytic Geometry I5
PHY 210University Physics I5

Fall of Even-Numbered Years 

BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
COM 104Oral Communication3
ENG 112Honors Composition and Rhetoric3
ENG 210Approaches to Literature3
HUM 203Humanities: Ancient and Medieval3
or HUM 204 Humanities: Middle Ages to the French Revolution
or HUM 205 Humanities: American Revolution to the Present
MAT 165Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation3
or MAT 167 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MUS 101Perspectives in Music3
PED 101Fitness and Wellness3
PHY 210University Physics I5
PSY 101General Psychology3
REL 250Religions of East Asia and Oceania3
or REL 251 Religions of the West
or REL 252 Religions of South Asia and Africa

Fall of Odd-Numbered Years

BIO 101Principles of Biology4
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
COM 104Oral Communication3
ENG 112Honors Composition and Rhetoric3
GEO 100World Geography3
HIS 140American History to 18653
HUM 203Humanities: Ancient and Medieval3
or HUM 204 Humanities: Middle Ages to the French Revolution
or HUM 205 Humanities: American Revolution to the Present
MAT 165Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation3
or MAT 167 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MUS 101Perspectives in Music3
PED 101Fitness and Wellness3
PHY 210University Physics I5
PSY 101General Psychology3
REL 250Religions of East Asia and Oceania3
or REL 251 Religions of the West
or REL 252 Religions of South Asia and Africa

Spring of Even-Numbered Years

CHE 111General Chemistry I5
COM 104Oral Communication3
ECO 101Current Issues in the Economy3
ENG 112Honors Composition and Rhetoric3
ENG 210Approaches to Literature3
HIS 210Early Modern Civilization3
or HIS 230 Modern Europe: 1789 to the Present
MAT 167Calculus with Analytic Geometry I5
PED 101Fitness and Wellness3
PHL 210Introduction to Philosophy3
or PHL 230 Ethics
PHY 104Introduction to Astronomy4
or PHY 107 Introduction to Physics
PSC 101American National Government3
THR 113Introduction to Theatre3

Spring of Odd-Numbered Years

ART 100Introduction to Art3
BIO 101Principles of Biology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
COM 104Oral Communication3
ENG 112Honors Composition and Rhetoric3
HIS 150American History since 18653
or HIS 200 Ancient and Medieval Civilization
MAT 167Calculus with Analytic Geometry I5
PED 101Fitness and Wellness3
PHL 210Introduction to Philosophy3
or PHL 230 Ethics
PHY 104Introduction to Astronomy4
or PHY 107 Introduction to Physics
PSC 101American National Government3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 120 General Anthropology

HON 195  Honors Colloquium     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A selected topics course designed for students participating in General Studies Honors. Elements of General Studies courses will be interrelated. This course is restricted to first semester freshmen accepted into the Honors Program.

HON 395  Honors Colloquium     Credits: 2-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: A selected topics course designed for students participating in Majors or Interdisciplinary Honors. Elements of General Studies will be interrelated. This course may be repeated for credit.

HON 490  Honors Research     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Original student research in a discipline or combined disciplines. Students enrolled in this course must be working toward Majors Honors. This course cannot be used in disciplines where research courses already exist. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and consent of instructor and Honors Director.

Majors Honors

Honors students in good standing (3.5 or higher GPA) may pursue Majors Honors (honors within their major or discipline), solely, or in addition to General Studies Honors. Students are requested to contact their academic advisor and chairperson for information about Majors Honors within their discipline.

A student who is intending to achieve Majors Honors at MWSU must:

  1. Indicate intention by completing the Majors Honors Approval Form (available on the honors webpage) with his or her faculty mentor/research advisor, and submitting it to the Honors Program office (Spratt 202) for approval.
  2. If pursuing only Majors Honors: Complete 6 credit hours of Honors colloquia at the 300- level, with a grade of A or B. If pursuing both General Studies Honors and Majors Honors: Complete 4 credit hours of Honors Colloquia at the 300-level, with a grade of A or B, IN ADDITION TO the 6 credit hour colloquia requirement for General Studies Honors, for a total of 10 credit hours of Honors Colloquia.
  3. Complete two designated three-credit upper-division courses in his or her major department, attaining a grade of A or B in each. These upper-division courses do not have to be the same for every student who elects Majors Honors in that department. The student must have approval from the supervising faculty member and department.
  4. Complete a major research project or creative work in conjunction with the two courses (or in addition to them).
  5. After completion, submit the Majors Honors Progress Report (available on the honors webpage) along with a copy of the completed research project that has been (or will be) presented at a regional/national venue or submitted for publication.

The Honors Office will verify successful completion of General Studies Honors and Majors Honors to the Registrar’s Office. These designations will appear on the student’s official transcript. Students must be in good standing with the Honors Program to be awarded General Studies Honors and Majors Honors.