Questions about Wingate University’s Honors Program? Wondering if it’s right for you? We’ve got the answers you need.

Wingate University’s Honors Program inspires, engages and challenges the most motivated and intellectually curious Wingate University students. It provides opportunities for students to participate in learning experiences including, but not limited to:
  • Meeting guest speakers
  • More discussion-based classes
  • Research grants
  • Special topics courses

Ultimately, the Honors Program seeks to develop leaders who provide faith, knowledge and service to the global community.

The Benefits

The Honors Program is tailored towards students who want to enhance their educational experience. Students are provided with opportunities to:
  • Attend banquets and receptions
  • Build their professional portfolios through projects such as symposium posters and presentations
  • Engage with professors one-on-one
  • Join academic societies

Become an Honors Student

To become a part of the Honors Program, students can nominate themselves or they can be nominated by professors at the end of their first semester at Wingate. The minimum GPA is 3.4, but a student who does not have this GPA after the first semester may still be considered for the program if the student’s nomination form and faculty recommendations show promise. Students who meet the program’s standards apply to and interview for the program in February. Once students are accepted, they’re invited to attend the Spring Induction Banquet. Students begin the Honors Program in their sophomore year at Wingate University.

Honors Program 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 (see chart below) when they’re accepted into the program. Students may choose to fulfill the traditional track requirements regardless of their major.

Benefits of The Honors Program

Through the Honors Program at Wingate University, students experience many exciting opportunities, including:

  • Challenging your abilities as a student
  • Creating friendships and memories that last
  • Enjoying privileges specifically for honors students such as an Honors Lounge to relax and study
  • Travel for specific honors-related events

Didn’t see the answer you needed?  Check out the courses for program participants. Or you can email Dr. Allison Lenhardt or stop by to see her in Burris 104C.

The Traditional Honors Track

 How many hours are required? There are 17 hours required.
What courses and research hours are required? These are required:
  • 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

What other requirements does each track have? Wingate’s Creative and Investigative Partnership Research Symposium is required.

What 3-hour courses can I take for honors credit?* You can take the following honors courses:

  • 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

The Biology Honors Track

How many hours are required? There are 16 hours required.
What courses and research hours are required? These are required:
  • Three honors courses for a total of 9 hours
  • HON 220 Seminar for 1 hour
  • Senior Honors Project for 6 hours

What other requirements does each track have? Wingate’s Creative and Investigative Partnership Research Symposium is required.

What 3-hour courses can I take for honors credit?* You can take the following honors courses:

  • 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

The Chemistry Honors Track

How many hours are required? There are 16 hours required.
What courses and research hours are required? These are required:
  • Three upper-level honors courses for a total of 9 hours
  • HON 220 Seminar for 1 hour
  • CHEM 491 and 492 for 6 hours

What other requirements does each track have?

  • Wingate’s Creative and Investigative Partnership Research Symposium is required
  • Maintain 3.5 GPA in all chemistry courses
  • Present research at a regional or higher conference
  • A publication-style paper

What 3-hour courses can I take for honors credit?* You can take the following honors courses:

  • 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

The Nursing Honors Track

How many hours are required? There are 16 hours required.
What courses and research hours are required? These are required:
  • 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

What other requirements does each track have?

  • Wingate’s Creative and Investigative Partnership Research Symposium is required

What 3-hour courses can I take for honors credit?* You can take the following honors courses:

  • See above for the required courses

*Regardless of the honors track a student chooses, the majority of the honors classes and work that a student completes are a part of the student’s core, electives, or major requirements; therefore, honors students work with the Honors Program and their advisors, and students can meet Honors and degree requirements in four years or less.