Learn More about George Fox University Honors Program
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eorge Fox University’s William Penn Honors Program will launch in the fall of 2014 as an alternative liberal arts general education program for undergraduate students. Modeled on the Socratic style, the program is designed to hone students’ critical thinking skills by exposing them to classical texts and using discussion as the primary mode of instruction.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to engage their culture meaningfully at the deepest levels – and they will be able to do so in a humble and gracious manner from an orthodox Christian perspective.
- Courses are built around great books that have had a significant influence in Western civilization.
- All readings are studied with a critical focus on how they inform contemporary thought and how they harmonize – or, just as importantly, fail to harmonize – with the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- Rigorous study, nurtured spiritual development, and the necessity of a life of service all receive close attention.
- Courses are limited in size and emphasize student-centered pedagogies, including a variety of interactive approaches to discourse and learning.
- Courses are writing-intensive.
- The program fosters a community of well-prepared, highly motivated students, which is fully engaged with the larger student body in various majors and other campus activities.
- Students are assigned a mentor in addition to their academic advisors. In the context of this mentorship, special emphasis is placed upon where students’ particular gifts can best serve the redemptive cause of Christ in a broken world.
Most honors students will have GPAs of 3.7 or above, and a combined SAT score of at least 1800. However, these numbers are not strict minimums as we are looking for people, not numbers. We understand that some high schools are harder than others, that some classes are more difficult than others, that some students are late bloomers, and that there are numberous intangible factors that should be considered when admitting students into the William Penn Honors Program. We seek highly motivated students who want to be challenged intellectually and spiritually.