Emory Lindquist Honors aims to support Wichita State University’s mission as an urban research university by recruiting strong students to the program and then motivating those students to learn about and contribute solutions to local, national and international problems. Honors emphasizes high expectations; active and service learning; close interaction between students and professors (in and out of class); global and cultural awareness; 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, the eighth President of Wichita State University, Rhodes Scholar to the University of Oxford, and longtime supporter of Honors. In the spirit of Emory Lindquist, Honors is flexible, interdisciplinary, not connected to any particular major, and committed to the open exploration of ideas.
Honors went through a process of revitalization in 2008 that resulted in significant changes. The new admission and graduation requirements were unanimously approved by the Faculty Senate Honors Committee and the University Curriculum Committee in Spring 2010 for implementation in Fall 2010. An Honors Living-Learning Community began operating in Fall 2010 and will be moved to the new residence hall expected to open in Fall 2014. Currently, up to 60 Honors freshmen may live together in the residence hall, take classes together and participate together in social, cultural and service activities.
Wichita State is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC). See our 2012-2013 Annual Report.