As an extension of the mission of the university, the Honors Program, together with highly motivated students, seeks to create an on-going community of learners to further their love of learning, devotion to excellence, and commitment to service. The Honors Program:
- Provides an academic challenge for gifted and/or highly motivated students
- Raises the academic profile of the student body and models the notion of Concordia University as a vibrant learning community
- Serves as a pilot venue for innovative pedagogical methods and new technologies that will benefit all students.
- Encourages students to take advantage of leadership opportunities on campus.
- Introduces students to sophisticated texts, ideas and issues
- Provides extra-curricular activities that are intellectually and socially enriching. These activities are open to members of the Concordia community from all colleges and majors.
The Honors Program consists of a series of courses offered throughout the undergraduate years. Each of the Honors courses is limited to 25 students to ensure close contact with the professor. All students in the Honors Program are selected based on a variety of criteria including prior academic achievement, evidence of critical thinking skills, and perceived ability to contribute to meaningful classroom discussions.
Students in the Honors Program will:
- Promote complex critical thinking skills, including the ability to appreciate paradox and irony.
- Develop highly-crafted communication skills in a variety of modes of communication that embody the notion that learning is a dialogical activity.
- Model the idea of servant leadership incorporating the highest ethical ideals of the university.
- Exemplify the notion of life as a learning experience by getting involved in the community as an organic part of their classes and extra-curricular activities.
- Enhance awareness of citizenship in the Global Village and promote involvement in social justice activities.
- Promote disciplined learning as well as synthesis of information from a variety of academic fields.
- Envision learning as a natural human endeavor and promote curricular and extra-curricular learning opportunities across all colleges and majors.