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The George Whitworth Honors Program allows high-achieving, motivated students who are admitted with honors to be eligible for a menu of challenging academic-enrichment experiences over their four years at Whitworth. Program components benefit students differently, depending upon their particular interests and learning styles. The strength of the program is that the student directs himself/herself to a diverse set of learning experiences across multiple disciplines. These experiences may include honors general education or interdisciplinary courses, honors courses within a major, advanced seminars, honors creative projects, honors research, honors study abroad, and honors internships. Eligibility for priority enrollment in many honors courses is dependent upon the student's GPA. Eligibility to participate in certain types of honors experience (ex. research, internship, performance) is by faculty approval, based on applications that demonstrate preparation related to the honors area.

Eligibility to Graduate with George Whitworth Honors
To graduate as a George Whitworth Scholar, a student must complete at least 12 credits within the honors program, with at least six of those credits in upper-division courses, seminars, research, etc. No more than nine honors credits can be earned within a single department. In addition, honors credits must be earned in at least four of the following categories:

  1. Honors courses or seminars
  2. Honors research
  3. Honors internship
  4. Honors study abroad
  5. Honors creative project
  6. Honors d-group in a Core/Worldview Studies course (at 1 credit per course)

To be a George Whitworth Scholar, a student must graduate with at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA and be in the top 20 percent of his or her major(s). Students who do not meet these requirements will still be enriched by these experiences, but will not graduate with George Whitworth honors. Honors graduates will become members of the George Whitworth Society upon graduation.