The Honors College emphasizes high expectations; close interaction between students and professors (in and out of class); global and cultural awareness; active and service learning; teamwork and leadership development; and the cultivation of skills related to lifelong learning, good citizenship and success in the workplace.
An Honors program was founded at Wichita State in 1957, one of the earliest in the country. In 1978, Honors was named after Emory Lindquist, Rhodes Scholar and eighth President of Wichita State University. In the spirit of Emory Lindquist, the Honors curriculum is flexible, interdisciplinary, and designed to foster intellectual innovation, collaboration across campus, and service to academic, creative, and civic communities. In 2013, the current Honors College was formed, the first such Honors College in Kansas.
The Emory Lindquist Honors Scholars program is the heart of Wichita State’s Honors College. It provides high-achieving and highly motivated students challenging classes and a strong student network in their first two years of study at WSU.
New interdisciplinary tracks will be launched in 2014-2015. Interdisciplinary tracks are designed for continuing students and transfer students and require coursework within honors, across disciplines and across colleges. Interdisciplinary track students complete an internship or shadowing experience related to their interdisciplinary inquiry.
The University Honors minor will be available beginning in fall 2014. Students who complete the Honors Scholars program and an interdisciplinary track receive the University Honors minor and the distinction “University Honors” on the diploma.
An Honors Living-Learning Community began operating in fall 2010 and moved to the new residence hall which opened in fall 2014.
Wichita State is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC). See our 2013-2014 Annual Report.