About George Fox Honors Program

The program consists primarily of a series of small classes where students engage many of the most influential works of Western civilization in an interactive fashion, facilitated by faculty who are at once experienced scholars and fellow disciples who themselves wish to make deeper progress as students and servants. 

Important texts from Non-Western cultures are considered, especially when comparison with Western works is pedagogically effective or in eras when those Non-Western texts began exerting significant influence in the West. Foundational to the program is the idea that students must know their own culture deeply in order to address its needs in relation to the saving work of Christ; the program also assumes that a knowledge of other cultures is necessary in order to best understand where those cultures can inform and/or provide a helpful alternative to Western traditions.

Though always aware of our limited understanding, our foundation for examining any culture is the fullness of truth as revealed in the person and work of Christ.

The William Penn Honors Program: An Introduction

Format

Courses are taught by professors who enjoy leading rigorous, interdisciplinary discussions of primary sources. Occasionally, classes are team-taught. Guest facilitators, teachers and lecturers are utilized throughout all courses. Classes are generally taken in the sequence noted below, although exceptions may be made for compelling reasons. 

  • Course Structure: Courses emphasize Socratic dialogue between the authors of great works, students and professors.
  • Curriculum Structure: Students take a one-hour orientation course before their first year, blocks of 6 credit hours for seven semesters, and a 3-credit senior spring semester (46 hours). Students must also meet the regular general education math requirement and take one lab science course. Collectively, these courses constitute the general education package for honors students. Total hours required: 53 hours.

Optional honors credits below may also be taken.

  • Peripatetic Studies: Learning while traveling or while away from campus

Pedagogy

Considering mostly primary sources (in translation) and interacting in a manner that calls forth the questions and the wisdom of all participants, with a pedagogical perspective that practices education as spiritual formation and pays special attention to how the world may best be engaged by the gifts of servant-scholars. The classroom is a space in which obedience to Truth is practiced.

Mentoring

All students will be mentored by faculty, taking into consideration a holistic approach to mentoring that includes academic excellence, spiritual direction, and servant vocation. First-year students will organize and lead one service project each semester (for all students in the program). Second-year students will mentor first-year students, third-year students will mentor second-year students, and fourth-year students will mentor third-year students.

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