Why Honors at La Sierra University?
The Honors Program at La Sierra University is a good choice if you want a cutting-edge curriculum, are interested in exploring different perspectives and worldviews, and are interested in a program that is committed to academic excellence, service to community, and a global perspective. The Honors Curriculum consists of a series of courses examining such topics as "The Scientific Process," "The Arts," "Changing Communities," and "Religion and the Future." Additional coursework in rhetorical skills, modern or ancient languages, and mathematics fulfill the competency requirements of the Program.
Special features of the Honors curriculum include:
- Students complete an Honors Scholarship Project, in which they develop an original research or creative project in collaboration with faculty that is presented publicly. Many students present their projects at professional meetings, or publish them in professional journals. For some, the project has developed into graduate specialties.
- A wide range of disciplines are represented in the program, with students and faculty from the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and professional programs.
- An international experience is an integral part of Honors students' experiences, preparing them for global understanding and involvement.
- A portfolio is developed documenting students' growth throughout the program, and provides a showcase of their best work when they graduate.
- Christian thought and practice is thoughtfully examined throughout the curriculum in the context of many other philosophical, disciplinary, and historical worldviews.
- Service and community involvement are significantly incorporated into the curriculum, with each student completing a Community Involvement Project.
Other benefits of the LSU Honors Program include:
- Special scholarships that are awarded to students in the Honors Program (in addition to GPA-based scholarships for which Honors students are eligible).
- Honors graduates receive a medallion and cords at graduation, as well as "University Honors Program" designation on their diplomas.
- Special cultural and social activities are available to students in the Program.
- An Honors Residence Hall creates an atmosphere where studying and scholarship are valued.
Both current students and alumni frequently report that the Program is a life-changing experience. Alumni report great appreciation for the "many opportunities to really discuss opinions and thoughts," and that the challenging courses have given them "a sense of accomplishment" and taught them to "look beyond what we already knew." Student evaluations often report of the challenging and transforming nature of the classes in the program: "The class allowed me to expand my horizons and become more knowledgeable and respectful of the world around me." "This is one of the few classes that I will keep in mind throughout my life. Thank you so much." "This class made me think more than any other I have ever taken. The things I learned in class have affected the way that I view everyday life."
Students who complete the Honors Program tend to do well after graduating. For example, of the students who graduated with Honors from 2003 to 2007, twelve are in Medical School, two are in Dental School, six are in Masters Programs, two are in Ph.D. Programs, two are in Law School, one is in Nursing School, and one in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria. Graduates from the program from 2007 currently include pediatricians, a neurosurgeon, a psychologist, a self-employed entrepreneur, a company vice-president, two elementary teachers, six ministers, a state legislator, and four faculty at colleges and universities.