The MVNU Honors Program is not about having gifted students simply do more work; instead, the program exists to enrich the academic and cultural experience for gifted students by offering unique and challenging courses, special extracurricular opportunities, and a supportive environment in which students can excel.
Uniquely Designed Curriculum
The Honors curriculum is designed to challenge our brightest students to learn collaboratively in a discussion-oriented environment.
- Summer Reading Assignment -
Honors scholars begin their experience before they
ever move onto to campus, engaging in the Summer
Reading Assignment that invites students to read a
common text and to think in ways that will prepare
them for higher education and an MVNU experience.
- Discipleship of the Christian Mind
- During their first semester, Honors scholars take
Honors sections of the University's introductory
course, Discipleship of the Christian Mind, where
they will further engage the questions raised in the
Summer Reading Assignment.
- Core Conversations I and II -
In a two-course sequence, students will engage in a
discussion with each other, with their professors,
and, above all, with some of the seminal thinkers in
the western tradition. The conversation focuses on
perennial human concerns: the nature and purpose of
humanity, the interplay of faith and reason, the
quest for justice and the need for mercy, the
balance between individual liberty and the wellbeing
of society, and so forth.
- Honors Seminar - As an ideal complement to Core Conversations, Honors
scholars enroll in an Honors Seminar during six of the
eight semesters they are at MVNU. Each semester's
seminars explore contemporary issues and questions from
multiple perspectives and involve guest lecturers from
MVNU and other area universities, field trips,
experiential-learning opportunities, and even
travel-study options. While Core Conversations
introduces students to a rich, textured background,
Honors Seminars examine problems as they confront us in
the particularity of our current situation. Recent
seminar topics and titles include "Human Trafficking,"
and "Modern Apologetics."
- Honors Project - In their junior year, Honors students design a research project and form a faculty committee to guide them. One member of the faculty serves as a mentor, teaching the student how to conduct research and directing them through the project. Once completed and approved, Honors scholars present their findings at the university's annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC). The Honors Project often serves as a critical link between undergraduate and graduate education or as a step towards a future career. It is an ideal preparation for "the next step" Honors scholars frequently aspire to take.
In addition to these academic opportunities, the Honors Program offers:
- $1,000 annual scholarship
- Designated Honors housing
- Early registration
- Extracurricular events and trips
- Connection to internships and study abroad options
- Recognition as an “Honors Scholar” at graduation
- Community of academically-driven students