Campus launches Honors Program

Wed, 2006-02-08 10:02 -- univcomm
February 8, 2006

Anderson University recently announced the launch of a new Honors Program. The mission of the Honors Program at Anderson University is devoted to fostering within its scholars a passionate dedication to intellectual inquiry and spiritual development so that they may serve as vibrant leaders in their professions and in their communities.

Support for the Honors Program at Anderson University came from a $1 million grant in the fall of 2004 from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. for a proposal to attract and retain high quality faculty and students to the campus of Anderson University. The approved proposal by Anderson University was supported by the Endowment’s “Initiative to Recruit and Retain Intellectual Capital in Indiana Institutions of Higher Education.”

“This is an exciting new mission for us,” said Dr. David Murphy, associate professor of History and co-director of the Honors Program. “The inauguration of the Honors Program gives the university another way to connect some of our most promising students with selected faculty in many fields. It’s another example of productive collaboration between the university and Lilly Endowment.”

The program provides a series of small discussion-based interdisciplinary courses that satisfy particular liberal arts program requirements. These courses as well as close interaction with faculty and peers offer intellectually challenging experiences that stimulate and refine the skills of clear expression, acute analysis, critical thinking, and imaginative problem-solving.

"We want to challenge our honors scholars to apply and extend their learning and problem-solving abilities to not only the AU community but the civic and global communities as well,” said Dr. Janice Fulkerson, associate professor of Education and co-director of the Honors Program. “The emphasis on engagement of the broader community outside the classroom is an essential goal of the program.”

In the freshman and sophomore years of the Honors Program, scholars participate in four integrative courses, designed to enrich understanding of the humanities while creating a small community of scholars dedicated to Christian scholarship. In their third and fourth years, honors scholars pursue opportunities for international study and travel, service to the church and community, and independent study in partnership with faculty mentors.

For more information about the Honors Program at Anderson University, call 765-641-4406 or visit www.anderson.edu/honors on the web.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.