Honors Program
(440) 826-2242
honors@bw.edu

OVERVIEW

The honors program at Baldwin Wallace helps motivated and talented students make the most of their college experience by joining a community of scholars dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development and community engagement.

The Liberal Arts — Redefined

Interdisciplinary and experiential, the honors program offers unique courses and an enhanced core curriculum that blend the theoretical and the practical. Encouraging academic exploration and independent thinking, the honors program can augment any program of study and expand the opportunities available to students.

A Path of Leadership

From a student's first experiences at the honors retreat to acting as a mentor to other honors students to planning University-wide events, the honors program offers countless opportunities for students to grow and be challenged as campus leaders. Developing the skills and self-awareness necessary for leadership is one of the central commitments of the program.

Engaging the Whole Student

More than just an academic course of study, the honors program strives to develop the whole student. We work to build lasting relationships among students and between students, faculty and staff. Committed to giving back to our community, the program encourages students to make use of their talents through service opportunities like tutoring refugees in English, organizing a campus coat-drive and working with local nonprofit organizations.

CURRICULUM

At the heart of the honors program, honors courses offer unique opportunities to enhance your skills as an independent and critical thinker. Honors courses are small, seminar-style courses taught by the very best of BW's faculty.

Interdisciplinary and Experiential

The honors program offers a new set of courses each year that help students engage in thinking across subject areas and between the theoretical and the practical. Often involving hands-on work in the classroom, community or laboratory, honors classes provide a setting for experimentation and rich engagement with the liberal arts.

Not More Difficult, but More Deeply Engaged

Intended to be exciting, distinctive and skill-building, honors courses do not require more work than non-honors classes and should not be thought of as “harder” than non-honors classes. Our courses provide special opportunities for enriching your education regardless of your area of study.

Student Experiences

Honors Retreat

The honors program first-year student retreat offers an empowering beginning to your honors experience.

Two Days and Nights of Fun

Before the academic year commences, the honors program hosts an off-campus overnight retreat for incoming first-year students. Designed to initiate new students into the honors community, the retreat packs in exciting, team-building activities such as a climbing wall, a high ropes course, archery and canoeing as well as book discussions, a talent show and a workshop on the transition to college.

Begin Building Friendships Immediately

The retreat provides an opportunity for new students to start developing friendships that will last for a lifetime. Sharing this experience means that honors students have something in common right away and can build on that foundation as their relationships develop in the coming months and years at BW.

Mentoring and the Honors Community

First-year students are not the only students we take to the retreat — we also bring along a group of upperclass honors peer mentors who act as leaders, friends and advisors through the experience. These mentors will work with the first-year class beyond the retreat helping our new students adjust to college life and get engaged with our local communities.

Honors retreat: building friendships before classes begin - produced by Elise Bigley '16.

Honorable Mention Newsletter

A true insider-perspective of the honors program, the newsletter connects you to what is currently happening in the program with articles written by the students themselves. If you'd like to be on the distribution list, e-mail honors@bw.edu.

LIVING AND LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Honors offers vibrant residential experiences for first-year students and upperclassmen in three unique residence halls:

  • 21 Beech is a vibrant, close-knit residential community where lasting friendships are formed. This residence hall is all honors first-year students.
  • First-year honors students can choose to live in a suite-style residence hall with other honors students. Saylor Hall is a part of the Davidson Commons.
  • Honors upperclassmen can continue to live together in the centrally-located, Carmel Living/Learning Center.

Academically Supportive Environment

Join a community of ambitious, intelligent and passionate students. You will be able to live and work in a quiet environment where other students respect your goals and share your commitment to excellence.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Living together will encourage you to attend campus events and join student organizations with your honors peers. You will enjoy the stimulating intellectual and social atmosphere of living with other engaged students and together take advantage of programming sponsored by the honors program, honors leadership board and residence life.

Feels Like Home!

Being a part of a supportive, close-knit environment with other dedicated honors students helps you form friendships that last all four years and beyond. Each residence hall is air-conditioned, carpeted and equipped with a kitchen and multiple student lounges.

FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Amy E. Story
Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Oregon
Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon
M.A. in Philosophy, University of Oregon
B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Emory University

(440) 826-2266
astory@bw.edu

Dr. Amy E. Story has been the honors program director since 2012 and has been teaching philosophy at BW since 2007. Her interests in philosophy are related to ethics, social justice for marginalized groups, gender and sexuality. She loves working with the honors program because it gives her the opportunity to help amazing students develop their passions and grow into skilled, reflective and articulate young adults who are ready for the challenges and opportunities of the world beyond college.

Katie Adkins
Program Coordinator
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, Politics and Government, Ohio Wesleyan University
(440) 826-2242
kadkins@bw.edu

Katie has been with the honors program since August 2012 and will most likely be the first person you talk to in honors. She is passionate about lifelong learning and serving others, which makes the honors program a perfect fit for her. Katie enjoys getting to know the students and seeing them grow through their college experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions