Missouri Western’s Honors program offers high-achieving students the opportunity to enhance their college experience through interesting guest speakers, conferences across the country, a semester of study abroad, scholarship opportunities, in-depth research and study of a variety of topics, museum visits and close friendships. The Honors program has been a part of the campus community since 1988.

To earn General Studies Honors, students must:

  1. Be accepted into the Honors Program and maintain good standing,
  2. Complete six General Studies courses with an Honors designation, and
  3. Complete six credit hours of Honors Colloquia.

Students must receive a grade of A or B in all Honors Courses in order for them to count toward General Studies Honors.

The achievement of General Studies Honors appears on the student’s transcript.  The student is awarded a medal the semester in which he/she is graduating to wear at the commencement ceremony.

Each semester, departments across campus offer a variety of general studies honors courses designed for 10 to 20 students.  One of the unique features of the Honors program is the colloquia, which are theme-based experiences involving panel discussions, presentations, guest speakers, outside readings, films and field trips. Different colloquia are offered each semester, and recent colloquia topics included Election Law and Voting Practices, Mental Side of Greatness, The Cold War, China’s History and Culture, Global Amphibian Decline, and The Puzzle of Plant Communication.

To earn Majors Honors, students must:

  1. Be accepted into the honors program and in good standing (3.50 GPA),
  2. Work under the direction of a professor within the department of their chosen major to conduct investigative research,
  3. Complete six hours of colloquia, or four hours of additional colloquia if the student had achieved General Studies Honors for a total of 10 hours of colloquia,
  4. Complete two three-credit hour major classes, determined by the student’s department and the Honors Program Director, and
  5. Present his or her work at a regional or national conference, or a professional venue, or submit his or her work for publication in a professional journal.

Students must receive a grade of A or B in all Honors Courses in order for them to count toward Majors Honors.

Students wishing to pursue this option need to complete the “Majors Honors Approval Form” before the onset of the project, which is available in the Forms tab.

The Majors Honors designation will appear on the student’s transcript.  The student will be awarded a medal the semester in which he/she is graduating to be worn at the commencement ceremony.

Rotation of General Studies Honors Courses. The General Studies Honors Program follows a two-year cycle of courses which ensures that courses from the various categories in General Studies are available at least once in every four-year cycle.  General Studies Honors courses carry a section number ending with -80 or -81 with the exception of ENG112, MAT165, MAT167, and PHY210.  Honors classes with labs such as BIO105, CHE111 and PED101 may have only the lecture offered as -80 or -81. In that case, Honors Students can enter into a lab without this designation.

Colloquia.  Different colloquia are offered each semester.  In Fall, both first-semester freshman colloquia (HON195) and general colloquia (HON395) are offered.  Professors from across campus apply to teach colloquia which are selected by the Honors Committee.

Fall 2019 Colloquia Offerings:

  • HON 195-01 – “Science and the Supernatural” – Dr. Ed Taylor and Dr. Evan Hart
  • HON 195-02 – Freedom, Identity and the Self – Dr. Lane DesAutels
  • HON 195-03 – Gendered Civics: Contemporary Rhetoric of Politics and Media – Dr. Jennifer Jackson
  • HON 195-04 – “Science, Magic and Religion from Antiquity to Enlightenment” – Dr. Angela Haas
  • HON 195-06 – “The Secret Life of Language” – Dr. Elizabeth Canon
  • HON 395-01 – Manga, Anime, Monsters and More: Japanese Pop Culture – Dr. Michael Charlton
  • HON 395-02 – Healthy Relationships: Yes, it Does Matter! – Dr. Pam Clary
  • HON 395-03 – Extinction is Forever: Topics in Conservation Biology – Dr. Mark Mills