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Honors Program

You Belong Here

Our rigorous curriculum will help you as you pursue advanced studies in graduate school, make meaningful contributions to public life, and launch careers in your chosen field.

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The Honors Program at Graceland is powered by your creativity and enthusiasm.

Your honors classes will help you build communication, research, and critical thinking skills that will serve you throughout your life. You’ll also develop individual studies with faculty mentors where you can pursue the ideas and projects you’re most passionate about.

Graduate with Honors

In addition the regular university graduation requirements of the university, Honors Program graduates must:

  • Participate in the program for a minimum of two complete academic years (4 semesters).
  • Graduate with at least a 3.5 GPA.
  • Complete a minimum of 21 semester hours of honors credit.
  • Participate in Junior and Senior Honors Seminars.
  • Currently-offered Honors classes include:

    HONR1010 Honors 101 (3 s.h.) Interdisciplinary first-year seminar provides a common intellectual experience for new Honors students and introduces them to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Designed to help exceptional students produce, deliver and analyze written and oral texts and learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities.

    HONR2010 Honors 201 (3 s.h.) The second of two sequenced interdisciplinary Honors seminars focused on developing the skills of written and oral communication, critical inquiry and research. Students produce, deliver and analyze college-level written and oral texts based on sustained academic research and continue to develop their understanding of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Reinforces the common intellectual experience of the Honors program and further exposes students to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Admission by selection only.

    HONR2330 Honors Humanities: Ways of Seeing (3 s.h.). An interdisciplinary foundation course in the shared and unique approaches to human experience of the visual artist, musician, creative writer, and philosopher. Course content draws freely on major cultural landmarks from each discipline. Prerequisite: Honors Program or instructor consent. Goal 2B

    HONR3800 Junior Honors Seminar (3 s.h.) A series of weekly discussions of topics selected by seminar participants for a broad cross section of intellectual disciplines. Each participant is required to prepare specified readings in advance of weekly sessions and to share in planning and conducting discussions. Offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and junior or senior standing.

    HONR4800 Senior Honors Seminar (3 s.h.) A series of weekly discussions of topics selected by seminar participants for a broad cross section of intellectual disciplines. Each participant is required to prepare specified readings in advance of weekly sessions and to share in planning and conducting discussions. Offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and junior or senior standing.

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Beyond the Classroom

We know that some of your most powerful learning experiences will take place outside the classroom. Graceland’s Honors Program sponsors social events and field trips that will help you expand your cultural horizons and build lifelong friendships. From Shakespeare and deep dish pizza in Chicago to Irish folk dancing in Des Moines to abstract art in Kansas City, you’ll get to enjoy the best the Midwest has to offer.

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Honors Scholarship

Our students work hard, and we want to honor that work. That’s why, as an honors student, you’ll earn an extra $1,000 scholarship for maintaining a 3.75 in this program. You’ll also enjoy extra benefits, like the freedom to register for up to 21 credits each semester.

Incoming students with a 3.75 GPA or higher and an ACT score of 27 (or SAT of 1280) or higher can interview for our Prestigious Honors Scholarship, which offers a full tuition benefit that’s renewable for up to four years. For more information on the Prestigious Honors Scholarship, visit the Academic Honors Day page. Note, in leu of test scores, the applicant may also answer one of two 250 word Alternative to Testing questions on the honors application.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Graceland Honors Program at honorscouncil@graceland.edu or 641.784.5150.

Does the Honors Program sound right for you? Apply today!

We’re looking for students with a record of academic excellence that includes:

  • Earning a 3.5 or higher high school GPA
  • Scoring a 25 or higher on your ACT (or a 1200 or higher on the SAT). In leu of test scores, the applicant may also answer one of two 250 word Alternative to Testing questions on the honors application.
  • Demonstrating outstanding writing skills

We also know that there are many different ways to measure success. If you’re interested in being a part of the honors program, but you don’t meet these exact requirements, please contact our Admissions Office.

The Honors Program will also accept applications from current Graceland students—especially current first- and second-year students—who have established a record of academic success. The application process is the same: just tick the “current Graceland student” box.

  • Honors Program Application