The Honors Scholars Program nurtures a sense of excellence, curiosity, and exploration across disciplinary boundaries within a committed community of student and faculty scholars.

Address compelling questions and be challenged to take risks, supported by a community marked by intellectual humility, curiosity, and wonder.

In your first and second year in the Honors Scholars program, you will explore connections between subject areas in interdisciplinary team-taught courses that fulfill half of Calvin's core (general education) requirements. In these classes you and your classmates will be asked to think about:

  • How disciplines like History and Literature might approach questions of justice and civic identity
  • How Literature and Theology might help us interrogate what it means to be human and what it means to be loved and called by God
  • How Art History and the Natural Sciences might push us to see the world more fully
  • How the Natural Sciences and Philosophy might lead us to think more carefully about evidence, ethics, and claims

In your third and fourth year, you will participate in theme-based upper-level interdisciplinary Honors Colloquium courses and develop the skills of a scholar in your specific discipline while completing an Honors thesis or creative project alongside a faculty mentor.

As an Honors Scholar, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn within a committed community of faculty and student scholars
  • Take Honors Core classes, taught by two faculty, that cross disciplinary boundaries and fulfill Core requirements
  • Use cities as textbooks during two “learning in place” Interims (one local and one off-campus)
  • Participate in upper-level interdisciplinary Honors colloquium courses with other academically-talented students to augment your major coursework
  • Conduct research in your discipline(s) with a faculty mentor during the preparation of an Honors Thesis or Project
  • Receive Honors advising (in addition to major advising) to maximize your academic opportunities
  • Apply for student research stipends and research-related travel funds through the Calvin Student Research Fellows program
  • Receive advice and support during the preparation of competitive national scholarship applications (e.g. Fulbright, Goldwater, etc.)
  • Take a free 18th credit hour
  • Earn graduation “with Honors” recognition at graduation and on your official transcript upon successful completion of the Honors Scholars Program requirements

Honors Scholars applications for fall 2020 are closed. Applications for fall 2021 will be available in August 2020.