Honors Program

George Fox University’s William Penn Honors Program is 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.

Program Distinctives

  • 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.

Honors Requirements (46 hrs)

Structure: Students take blocks of 6 credit hours for six semesters, and a 3 credit senior spring semester (39 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: 46 hours.

Core Requirements (39 hrs)

HNRS 150 Origins: Athens and Jerusalem (6)
HNRS 190 Rome Through Early Church (6)
HNRS 250 Medieval Western Civilization (6)
HNRS 290 Late Medieval and Early Modern Western Civilization (6)
HNRS 350 Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries (6)
HNRS 450 20th Century (6)
HNRS 490 Integration Thesis (3)

Math and Science (7 hours minimum)

Students must also meet the regular general education math requirement and take one lab science course.

  1. Mathematics

    Waiver of 3 hours of math requirement for an SAT score of 620 or above (the 3 credit hours waived will be added to elective credits for the degree)
    CSIS 201 Introduction to Computer Science I (3)
    MATH 150 The World of Mathematics (3)
    MATH 180 College Algebra (3)
    MATH 190 Precalculus Mathematics (4)
    MATH 201 Calculus I (4)
    MATH 212 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II (4)

  2. Natural Science

    BIOL 100 Foundations of Biology (4)
    BIOL 120 Environmental Science (4)
    BIOL 211 General Biology I (4)
    CHEM 100 Chemistry of Life (4)
    CHEM 110 Chemistry and Our Environment (4)
    CHEM 151 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I (4)
    CHEM 211 General Chemistry I (4)
    PHYS 150 Physics of Everyday Life (4)
    PHYS 190 Astronomy (4)
    PHYS 201 General Physics I (4)
    PHYS 211 General Physics with Calculus I (4)