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The Honors Program

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Where learning comes to life.

The Honors program at William Woods University fosters the growth of students who are dedicated, imaginative, and enthusiastic about making the most of their academic experience. They are excited about learning in a community of students who share their love of knowledge and drive for excellence.

Why Honors at The Woods?

  • Join a group of students who love learning new things and challenging themselves.
  • Get to know faculty who will serve as mentors and advisers; Honors faculty will get to know you as an individual and will help you move towards your goals, whether that means an internship, career success or graduate school.
  • Take interesting classes on unique topics designed specifically for Honors students.
  • Take a wider view – explore complex and diverse issues, study with students from many different majors, and prepare for a global world.
  • Live in Honors Hall your freshman year – a great way to make like-minded friends.
  • Enjoy special dinners, lunches, social and cultural activities with your Honors group.
  • Get involved with leadership and research opportunities like Dean’s Council membership – to make a difference and gain valuable leadership experiences, too.

If you would like to learn about the program, contact and your counselor can connect you with a current Honors student or faculty leader.

Honors Award

Honors program students are offered a $1000 scholarship. This scholarship may be in addition to other scholarship or aid offers depending on your unique scholarship package offer. Ask your admissions counselor for details.

Requirements and Application Process


To build community among the participants and make connections with faculty, students complete the program as a cohort, taking the required 24 hours of gen ed courses (taught by members of the honors committee) together and in sequence.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester:
WWU 150 Intro to Research and Scholarship/Honors Connections
PHL 107 Honors Critical Thinking

Spring Semester:
PSY 102 Honors Gen Psych 2
PHL 116 Honors Biomedical Ethics

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester:
HIS 212 History of Race in America

Spring Semester:
ENG 234 Shakespeare & the Devil

Junior Year

Fall Semester:
ART 203 Art Applications

Spring Semester:
HUM 102 World Religions

Senior Year

Fall Semester:
WWU 475 Honors Thesis I

Spring Semester:
WWU 476 Honors Thesis II

Application deadline February 15

Students will need to meet the following eligibility requirements and supply the following information to apply for the Honors program for Fall 2022.

Please use this scholarship application to provide any necessary documents.

  • Application to William Woods
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.25 unweighted
  • High school transcript
  • Resume (summary of academic and extracurricular achievements)
  • Writing Sample (500-750 words; students may select one topic below as their writing prompt).
    • In the path to success, it can be easy to lose track of the joy of learning. Where do you find joy in learning when outside of a classroom?
    • Imagine you were given an essay prompt that said this: “Write anything you want, but tell a story and be persuasive.” How would you respond to (or cope with) these vague instructions?
    • Do you think social media has brought the people of your generation closer together, or driven them further apart?
  • Sample of your best academic work. This could be your best essay or report or a work of art. (Contact if you have any question about what will qualify.)

We look forward to receiving your application.