In today's competitive job market, you'll need a way to set yourself apart when applying for your first job. Participating in an honors program can make a big impression--by demonstrating superior academic abilities, commitment and motivation to take on challenging work, and highly sought after leadership skills.
At Widener, our Honors Program in General Education brings together highly motivated undergraduate students from all majors and dedicated faculty who share a curiosity about the world. You'll engage in intellectually stimulating coursework; work collaboratively with faculty on innovative research projects; participate in unique cultural, academic, and leadership activities; and interact with a diverse group of students who are equally motivated to excel. Plus, you'll be eligible for an additional scholarship for participation in the Honors Program in General Education.
We also offer discipline-specific honors programs for academically talented students who plan to study business, engineering, nursing, science, history, psychology, or a foreign language. Requirements and benefits vary per program.
Honors Program in General Education
Students from all majors may be invited to join the Honors Program in General Education as an entering freshman. We will evaluate your candidacy for honors based on the strength of your essay, your ability to demonstrate a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, and your performance in courses that are part of a heightened curriculum—such as Advanced Placement (AP), college prep, or honors.
If you are a transfer student, you can participate if you still have general education requirements to complete.
Don't despair if your scores don't quite make the cut. If you display the necessary academic initiative, you may be invited into the program after the first or second semester of your freshman year.
A Certificate of Honors in General Education is awarded at graduation to students who:
Successfully complete a minimum of five Honors courses, including Freshman Honors English, an Honors seminar, and three other Honors courses.
A Certificate of Advanced Honors in General Education is awarded at graduation to students who:
Successfully complete a minimum of five Honors courses as well as an additional Honors seminar or an Honors independent study in some field of general education.
To continue in the Honors Program, each participant must attend a minimum of eight outside-of-class academically or culturally enriching events during each academic year.
Grade Point Average
You must have an overall GPA of 3.25 by completion of your next to last semester.
$2000 annual scholarship
An Honors Program mentor who will help you navigate the transition to college
Small class sizes designed for spirited discussions
Opportunities to attend a variety of academic and cultural events
And most importantly, your impressive distinction and success sets you apart, putting you on the inside track with employers and graduate school admissions officers!
Discipline-Specific Honors Programs
Students are admitted to the School of Business Administration Honors Program as entering freshmen, based on high school GPA and academic credentials. If numbers permit, then additional students may be admitted at the end of freshman year (based on GPA).
Take 5 business honors courses during the first 6 semesters. A co-op can substitute for one of the business honors courses.
Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA.
Complete two of the following enrichment experiences: honors international trip, graduate course, research with a faculty member, passing a professional exam, or working in the Small Business Development Center.
Eligibility to take honors sections of required business courses, which typically cover the material in greater breadth and depth, and often with a focus on experiential learning.
Opportunity to participate in an honors international trip.
Special distinction at commencement wearing the honors cord. In addition, a certificate of honors awarded at commencement and on official transcript.
Engineering freshmen who have completed at least 16 credit hours in their first semester at Widener University with a cumulative GPA and technical GPA of 3.00 or higher.
Transfer students who are admitted with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale and transfer credit in Calculus and a science course, with a grade of “B” or better in each, approved for their engineering major.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA and technical GPA of 3.00 or higher while enrolled in the Engineering Honors Program.
ENGR 107 - Engineering Honors Seminar
ENGR 213 (H) - Honors Statics
MGT 335/ENGR 335 - Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
One graduate course in the major (counts as senior technical elective)
Senior Project (joint project with other schools/colleges or multi-disciplinary project involving seniors from more than one engineering department)
Maintain a cumulative GPA and technical GPA of 3.00 or better while enrolled in the Engineering Honors Program.
Optional participation in faculty-led research, with preferential opportunity to receive full travel fellowship to present research findings at an international conference
Transfer credit in the courses listed above following matriculation is not acceptable
Advanced engineering honors courses that offer an intellectual and challenging classroom environment
Collaboration with faculty on research
Opportunities for professional and leadership development
Co-curricular programming focused on creativity and innovation
Networking with successful leaders in the global engineering community
Certificate of honors awarded at commencement and on official transcript
If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Honors Program Dr. Babak Eslami (email@example.com)
To be eligible for the School of Nursing Honors Program, students need:
A 3.2 cumulative GPA at the end of sophomore year
A 3.5 GPA in their nursing major at the end of the fall semester of junior year (acceptance contingent on GPA)
To demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills, creativity, self-direction, perseverance, and integrity
To maintain status in the School of Nursing Honors Program, students must:
Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
Successfully complete all nursing courses with a B or better
Actively participate in honors activities including meetings
Uphold professional nursing standards and the pursuit of excellence
A total of 10 credits are required for completion of the School of Nursing Honors Program through the following required courses:
NURS 371H: Research & Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (4 credits): This hybrid course (offered spring of junior year) introduces students to the science of evidence-based practice through a synthesis of research knowledge with an emphasis on evidence-based nursing practice, enhanced writing, and scholarly exchange.
NURS 480H & N481H Senior Honors Project (6 credits, under the supervision of a faculty mentor): The Senior Honors Project is a two-semester effort in senior year. Students conduct extensive readings and study in a particular clinical area of nursing interest. A paper is prepared describing the completed work, and a presentation is given during Honors Week of senior year. Students’ projects must demonstrate evidence of independent, abstract, analytic, and critical thinking.
The School of Nursing Honors Program provides opportunities for in-depth study and professional development, nurtures development as a nurse leader and educator, and prepares students for graduate school.
Students will have opportunities to:
Work with faculty conducting research
Mentor lower classmates
Cultivate leadership through community service and involvement
Interact with faculty in small group settings
Become involved in the university's summer research program
Students can earn honors in the following majors in the College of Arts & Sciences:
Environmental Science & Sustainability
A tradition since 1992, Honors Week celebrates the academic excellence of Widener undergraduates.
Each year, students report on a range of topics, from cutting-edge research to creative and civic engagement projects. Events include honor society induction ceremonies, faculty recitals, and student presentations.
Additional Opportunities for Academic Recognition
Involvement in Undergraduate Research
Our honors students are often at the forefront of undergraduate research, working closely with faculty and presenting their work on campus and at national and international conferences. Students have also had their work published in scholarly journals. That's all part of the inside track - gaining experience, earning recognition, and having opportunities to network before you even graduate.
Your hard work in class will definitely pay off as you venture out into the world, but we all appreciate being acknowledged now and then. Aspire to land on the dean's list, the president's list, or graduate summa cum laude, the highest academic distinction.
If you have questions about the Honors Program in General Education, contact the Honors Program in General Education Office. For questions about academic-specific honors programs, contact the related academic office.