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Do you want more out of your education? Are you committed to growing as a scholar, a leader, and a change agent?

As an Honors student, you’ll blaze your own trail -— as a scholar and leader. You’ll engage with others in the Honors community as you explore topics such as ethical leadership and justice. You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your Honors experience to fit your unique research, service, and leadership interests. A dynamic faculty will support you during each step of your journey.

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The Honors Program at William Peace University invites students to participate in this prestigious program based on academic achievement. Confirm your commitment to participate.

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Corinne Anderson
Department Chair of Humanities and Professor of English
Heidi Gailor
​Associate Professor of Business Administration
Eliza Laskowski
Associate Professor of English
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Program Director of History; Associate Professor of History
Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

Frequently Asked Questions


Many students within the Honors Program have the privilege to conduct research with faculty in their respective fields and present their work at regional and national conferences, such as the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).


All members of the William Peace University Honors Program commit themselves to actively supporting an inclusive, equitable, and thriving campus community, one that appreciates diversity and is grounded in respect. Together, we strive to build a more just and peaceful world. We achieve this through our pursuit of scholarship, our duty as citizens, our compassion as human beings, and our understanding of each other’s diverse perspectives and lived experiences. We recognize that our program, community, and world benefit best from an ethic of appreciating our differences and creating environments of belonging.

  • The Honors Program is for you if you have a record of academic success and want to push yourself to grow as a scholar, leader, and critical thinker. It’s interdisciplinary, so it prepares you to address the world’s complexities today.
  • You’re not only taking Honors courses that demand critical reflection and more profound study, but you’re also working with faculty on research, as teaching assistants, and on service projects.
  • The Honors Program is a place to build community. You study away together, go on retreats together, and have other immersive experiences unique to students in this program.

The William Peace University Honors Program is a 14-credit-hour experience. During the program, students take three, four-credit-hour courses:

HON 100: Investigating Ethical Leadership, which sets the foundation for the program with a focus on ethical leadership, dialogue, and peacebuilding;

HON 200: Critically Thinking About Justice, which focuses on concepts of justice, or the legal, divine, and philosophical theories by which fairness is administered;

HON 300: Exploring Human Connections, which includes critical reflection on culture and community as well as a travel component to further explore these themes.

In addition, Honors students complete a one-hour capstone experience, either HON 493: Engaging in Community or HON 492: Honors Directed Study where they have the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor in their discipline on independent research, serve as a TA, or complete a service-learning experience alongside a faculty mentor.

The final one-credit hour leadership experience is HON 400: Launching Peace Leaders. In this course, students reflect on their leadership development during the program and set goals for the future.


The program is for students who excel academically and have a history of leadership and service. Incoming students will need to submit an application for admission to WPU first. Those awarded our Presidential Scholarship will be invited to apply for the Honors Program. Current Peace students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and fewer than 46 hours of college credit are also encouraged to apply.

The Honors Program has offered me new challenges that apply inside and outside of the classroom. Working in groups with my Honors classmates to solve complex ethical issues taught me to respect and apply others’ perspectives, which helps me lead more effectively in the leadership positions I have on campus.

Ryan Laraway, '27

Student Ambassador | Resident Assistant

One of my favorite experiences in the Honors Program was the Honors 300 trip to Washington, DC. Learning about our history and different cultures in America really educated me on how much of a melting pot the United States truly is when it comes to culture. This trip wasn’t only fun, but it was also extremely educational and engaging.”

Donolique Tyrell '23

Student Ambassador | SAAC Representative

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