Honors Degree Program

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Expanded study, enhanced experience

Hesston College’s Honors Degree Program is designed for students who are high-achieving and may enroll with advanced standing because of credit hours already completed. With an emphasis on cultural exchange and intercultural skills, knowledge and experience, the program allows students to add more breadth to their studies and to develop skills that are especially sought after by current employers. It includes an enriched Source Course curriculum (Hesston College’s general education program) with meaningful opportunities for advanced studies, transcultural experiences and integrative learning.

Honors degree admission requirements

Complete all steps listed below by August 1. A faculty committee will review completed application files beginning May 1 and additional applications on a rolling basis.

  • Apply for Hesston College admission.
  • Submit high school transcripts – preferred minimum GPA of 3.5. Minimum GPA of 3.25 may be considered.
  • Submit standardized test scores – preferred ACT/SAT minimum cumulative score of 27/1280. ACT/SAT minimum cumulative score of 23/1130 may be considered.
  • Submit one short essay of 250 to 400 words on one of the following topics:
    • Think of a time when your point of view changed. How did your perspective change, and what did you learn from this experience?
    • Based on your goals for the future, how might ideas or skills from outside of your specialization enrich your perspective, empathy or creativity?
    • Describe a time when you learned from someone with a different background, culture or point of view. How has this experience helped you to develop as a person?
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.

Program benefits

  • Associate degree awarded with honors
  • Expand your horizons through interdisciplinary and transcultural experiences
  • Enroll in 18 credit hours each semester at no additional charge
  • Special meal and program-wide seminar with Hesston College President twice per semester

Honors degree requirements for graduation:

Students in class(beyond A.A. or A.S. degree requirements)

  1. 70 credit hours earned (10 additional credit hours)
  2. 3.25 Hesston College GPA
  3. Completion of Advanced Critical Research and Argument
  4. Completion of an additional elective course from an unexplored area not previously applied to fulfill a Knowledge Source Course requirement (3-4 credit hours)
    • Students will select one elective course in addition to the Knowledge Source Courses required for degree completion.
  5. Completion of an experiential learning opportunity (i.e. internship, field experience, cooperative education course or leadership course sequence)(1-4 credit hours)
  6. Completion of a course emphasizing Transcultural Knowledge and Experience selected from one of the following (1-4 credit hours):
    • Course with focus on Transcultural Knowledge and Experience
      • BuAd 220 – Management
      • Educ 210 – Diverse Learners
      • Engl 212 – World Literature
      • Engl 217 – Literature of Race, Ethnicity and Gender
      • Mus 203 – Music Appreciation
      • Psy 200 – General Psychology
      • Soc 122 – Religions of the World
      • Soc 203 – Introduction to Sociology
      • Soc 207 – Sociology of Families
      • Soc 215 – Social Diversity
    • A Transcultural Experience course (1-4 hours)
    • Spanish course (or other language course) not used to fulfill a Knowledge Source Course requirement (3-4 hours)

*No course can fulfill more than one graduation requirement. Any student who is unable to complete the Honors Degree of Study within four full-time semesters will require approval by the Honors Program of Study Selection Committee in order to remain eligible for the program.

For questions about the honors degree program

Contact your admissions counselor at admissions@hesston.edu or the Honors Degree Coordinator at honors@hesston.edu.