Honors Program: Laut Honors College
The Laut Honors College commemorates the work of Fr. Stephen J. Laut, S.J., whose connection to the WJU Honors Program is detailed in the History & Design. The Laut Honors College offers to qualified incoming first-year students and returning sophomore students an opportunity to explore an intellectual topic in a variety of traditional and non-traditional experiences over the course of the academic year.
Laut Honors College Curriculum
The Laut Honors College curricular model has four basic modalities:
The Laut Honors College will meet approximately 14 times over the course of the two-semester academic year. At the beginning of each semester, there will be a general orientation meeting to distribute the semesterís syllabus and discuss expectations. Laut Honors College students will also attend the Fall Honors Convocations. The remaining meetings will be dedicated to the four modalities. Each semester, the LHC will undertake an academic project with a visiting faculty member; that unit of study will take the following form:
First-year students who successfully complete the full academic yearís requirements will be awarded three credits (HON 100) and invited to attend a new cycle of the Laut Honors College the following year, in which the modalities will remain the same but the experiences will be entirely distinct and new. Sophomore students who successfully complete the second full academic yearís requirements will be awarded an additional three credits (HON 200). At any time, a student may request to withdraw from the Laut Honors College. A student may only enter the Laut Honors College at the beginning of a semester, or by special permission of the Director of the Honors Program and the Laut Honors College Mentor.
Qualifications for Participation
WJU faculty may also contact the Director of the Honors Program to nominate qualified students who were not originally part of the program (whether because the worthy student misplaced the invitation or had a change of heart, applied too late, transferred, etc.) Such qualified students may be admitted at any point before the midterm of Fall semester of sophomore year, although only students who complete the full yearís requirements will receive credit (HON 100 or HON 200) for that year. The Honors Program fervently believes that no worthy potential scholar should miss out on opportunities of the Laut Honors College.
Sophomore students who have successfully completed all relevant requirements for the Laut Honors College will be invited to apply for induction into the Ignatian Honors Seminar during Spring semester of sophomore year.
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