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 May 1. Completed application files will be reviewed by a faculty committee. Results will be announced by May 15.

  • 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 reference.

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 Knowledge Source Course from an unexplored area (3-4 credit hours)
    • Those seeking an A.A. with Honors must complete a seventh Knowledge Source Course selected from humanities, natural science or social science
    • Those seeking an A.S. with Honors must complete a fourth Knowledge Source Course selected from humanities or social science
  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 transcultural focus selected from Source Course curriculum (i.e. Cultural Anthropology, Religions of the World, Social Diversity, World Literature or African-American History)
    • Off-campus transcultural course (1-3 hours)
    • Additional language course (3-4 hours)

Program benefits

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

For questions about the honors degree program

Contact your admissions counselor at admissions@hesston.edu or the Honors Degree Coordinator, Donovan Tann, at donovan.tann@hesston.edu.