Honors Program


Wingate University Honors Program Overview
The University Honors Program is designed to inspire, engage, and challenge the most motivated and intellectually curious Wingate University students. To become a part of the Honors program, students either self-nominate and/or are nominated by professors at the end of their first semester at Wingate. Those students who choose to accept the nomination for the Honors Program will be offered an interview, and a special banquet will launch the new honors group in the spring semester.

Honors Courses and Research Projects
During the first semester of their sophomore year, honors students will choose courses from four different tracks: University Honors (traditional track), Chemistry, Biology, or Nursing. Regardless of the track a student chooses, they will have the opportunity to interact with other honors students by taking a one-hour interdisciplinary honors seminar, doing an honors thesis or project of significant research in their junior and/or senior year, and taking at least three additional specifically designated courses for honors students. For more information on the different tracks as well as course offerings, please see Wingate's course catalog.

Fall 2015 Honors Course Offerings

Wingate Honors Students in Philadelphia, 2012. Pamela Kass, Photographer.

Opportunities for Honors Students
In addition to completing an honors curriculum, students in University Honors will also be encouraged to participate in at least one summer research grant with a faculty mentor, be invited to become a member of one general and one discipline specific honors society, and present their research at both Wingate’s undergraduate research symposium and at least one regional or national conference. Other benefits of participating in the Honors Program include:

  • Meeting speakers who have been invited to campus and participating in intimate, informal, discussion forums;
  • Enjoying a student lounge in Burris Hall specifically designated for Honors Program use;
  • Participating in a trip to New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C. in a program specifically tailored to honors students;
  • Connecting with upper class Honors Mentors and participating in special social opportunities and receptions for Honors students;
  • Meeting University administrators and contributing to an enhanced educational environment at Wingate University;
  • Taking part in smaller, more discussion based classes on special topics with various faculty members.

Check with a faculty member in your academic department to find out what honors societies are offered in your major. All incoming students are encouraged to strive to be invited into one or more of these societies.

For more information about Wingate's Honors Program, email Dr. Allison Lenhardt (a.lenhardt@wingate.edu), Honors Program Director.

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