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Honors Program

Professors can nominate students to join the program. If you feel you’re up to the challenge, you can nominate yourself at the end of the first semester of your freshman year. The minimum GPA required is 3.4. However, you can still be considered if you don’t have a 3.4 GPA if your nomination form shows promise. After the interview process, new honors students are announced during the Honors Program banquet in the spring.

Honors-Level Work

As an honors student, you begin taking honors courses the first semester of your sophomore year. After you choose an honors track in university honors, biology, chemistry or nursing, you can take at least three additional enrichment courses. Honors students appreciate that many of these classes are more discussion-based than traditional courses. In addition to attending honors courses, you also:

  • Take a one-hour interdisciplinary seminar
  • Conduct an honors thesis or research project during your junior or senior year
  • Present your research at Wingate’s Creative and Investigative Partnership Research Symposium
  • Participate in an Honors Program trip to New York, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.

An Honorable Presence on Campus

Honors students are very much a part of the Wingate University community, but they also enjoy some circles that others don’t. For starters, honors students study, socialize or unwind in their own lounge in Burris. They also have opportunities to network with Wingate University administrators and connect with upper-class honors mentors. That’s not all: Students in the Honors Program participate in discussion forums with speakers who visit campus.

Honors Tracks

The Honors Program seeks to meet the needs of all Wingate University students. As a result, the university has developed four different tracks to accommodate the majors of honors students — Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Traditional.

Students select the track they want to follow when they’re accepted into the program. Students may choose to fulfill the traditional track requirements regardless of their major. In addition to the requirements listed for each track below, all Honors Track students must complete Wingate’s Creative and Investigative Partnership Research Symposium.

Traditional Honors Track

There are 17 hours required, comprised of the following:
  • Five 3-credit hour courses for a total of 15 hours
  • HON 220 Seminar for 1 hour
  • HON 451 Independent Research Project for 1 hour
You can also take the following honors courses for honors credit:
  • HON GPS 210 Literature
  • HON GPS 220 Econ/PoliSci
  • HON GPS 301 Ethics
  • HON GPS 320 Global Histories
  • HON 210 Mathematical Masterpieces
  • HON 205 Ideas in Fine Arts
  • 100-level Genetics with a lab or another science course with a lab
  • HON 300 The Making of the Modern Mind
  • HON 315 Special Topics

Biology Honors Track

There are 16 hours required, comprised of the following:
  • Three honors courses for a total of 9 hours
  • HON 220 Seminar for 1 hour
  • Senior Honors Project for 6 hours
You can also take the following honors courses for honors credit:
  • Any 3-credit honors course, such as HON 315 or HON 300 or a core course (GPS Honors) or linked to an honors course
  • In-course Honors in Biology can also be discussed with your professor
  • Research and seminar requirements as listed above

Chemistry Honors Track

There are 16 hours required, comprised of the following:
  • Three upper-level honors courses for a total of 9 hours
  • HON 220 Seminar for 1 hour
  • CHEM 491 and 492 for 6 hours
Additionally, the Chemistry Honors Track requires:
  • Maintain 3.5 GPA in all chemistry courses
  • Present research at a regional or higher conference
  • A publication-style paper
You can also take the following honors courses for honors credit:
  • Any 3-credit honors course, such as HON 315 or HON 300 or a core course (GPS Honors) or linked to an honors course
  • Research and seminar requirements as listed above

Nursing Honors Track

There are 16 hours required, comprised of the following:
  • GPS 310 Honors for 3 hours
  • HON 220 Seminar for 1 hour
  • NURS 325 Honors for 3 hours
  • Honors in a clinical course for 3 hours
  • Senior Honors Project for 6 hours

Lyceum Series

Students must attend 40 Lyceum events to graduate. You choose five from each of the four types of Lyceum events and can select the remaining 20 from any category. The four types of Lyceum events are as follows:

  • Academic events invite you to discuss scholarly topics. Nurture your critical thinking by getting involved in profound discussions.
  • Faith and character development sessions encourage you to explore yourself and your beliefs. Deepen your faith while understanding those of others.
  • Fine arts presentations and performances teach you to appreciate the arts. You’ll have the chance to survey:
    • Dance
    • Film
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Theater
    • Vocal performance
  • Personal and professional growth seminars allow you to think about issues related to your personal and career development.

Since you need to have attended 40 Lyceum events to graduate, you’ll want to keep track of them. You can check your Lyceum credits online. If you have other questions, just e-mail us.

Research Opportunities

At Wingate University, students conduct undergraduate research beyond the classroom and laboratory walls. In fact, research opportunities carry students away to different parts of the United States and even abroad.

No matter what research you decide to conduct or where it takes you, a professor mentors you along the way. Your research could even be selected for publication in a journal. And while delving into your topic of choice, you’ll pad your résumé or graduate school application.

Summer Research Pays Off

Seven teams of one student and one professor are selected to undertake a 10-week summer research project. If you’re chosen to participate in this competitive program, you could receive funding for travel and on-campus housing during the summer. After the research is complete, students also receive funding to participate in conferences to share their findings.

Showcase Your Results

Students who conduct research for a course can present orally or with a poster during the Creative & Investigative Partnership Symposium. Their research is displayed in the library and across campus. While summer research students are guaranteed funding for conferences, other students are not. But if funds are available, they might be eligible for support to showcase their research on a local or regional level.


For Wingate University sophomores, the W’Engage program offers an opportunity to contribute to surrounding communities and travel for 5-7 days to a U.S. destination in order to promote positive social change.

A weekly seminar focuses on a single topic of importance, such as hunger, education or ecology, explored in a course designed to ignite your need to create social change.

W’Engage helps you gain skills you can use for the rest of your life, no matter your major or intended career path. You also earn two hours of academic credit.

Grow as a Person

Throughout the W’Engage program, you grow as a person by developing a greater awareness of and respect for community issues. In addition, you learn to apply ethical reasoning to contemporary local, national and global issues. Students travel and work closely with learning teams and diverse groups. Together, you learn from one another as you have open-minded discussions in which you examine and reflect upon your personal values, assumptions and attitudes.

Find Your Voice

Through the primary-source field research and observations you conduct during the program, you help raise awareness of community concerns. As you analyze the concepts of community, leadership and development, you reflect on what you can do to address social problems. To really inspire those around you, however, you have to be able to get your points across.

Apply Your Knowledge

The program provides the opportunity to put your academic knowledge to use as you explore your topic area through hands-on learning both inside and outside the classroom. W’Engage encourages Wingate University students to identify, compare and contrast differences between their local community and the destinations they visit for field research.

Ready to W’Engage?

You must have sophomore standing with a 2.3 GPA by the start of the 2016 fall semester. Class will meet on Tuesdays from 5-6:15pm.

Students can apply for a seminar from March 29-April 5 via a brief online application. A committee reviews the applications and students will be notified of their enrollment. Students cannot self-register. Seminars have limited availability, and the cost is $100-150.