Asbury University Honors Program – Asbury University
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Asbury University Honors Program

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Application is by invitation only.

The Asbury University Honors Program allows the student to pursue the spiritual, moral, social, and ethical dimensions of the human experience; to explore human problem solving, ethical dilemmas, identity, and self, and to relate these human questions to the areas of work, career, family, and society.

  • Enhances existing academic framework – not additional coursework requirements
  • Up to 4 years of scholarships of various amounts
  • Travel stipend for Study Abroad Experience
  • Special access to invited guest speakers
  • Support for research product or product development
  • Honors transcript

The Asbury University Honors Program invites students to join a community of scholars engaged in a themed enrichment experience which gives particular focus to the concept of human dignity and the ethical implications that follow. This intellectual and moral exploration is anchored within the rich perspective of historic, orthodox Christianity.

 

 

Honors Program students are offered enhanced learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom without adding additional curricular requirements to the students’ course of study. The students will experience themed core curriculum classes, special access to noteworthy colloquium speakers, course upgrades within their major, and opportunities to service the campus and community. Additionally, the students will receive support for either a research project experience or the generation of a creative product, as well as financial support for a travel abroad experience.

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Asbury University’s living and learning community is an ideal setting for an integrative, rigorous, curricular experience reflecting the width and depth of studies and programs exploring the origin and implications of human value. The program will aspire to comprehend more fully and accurately the Imago Dei and to educate students in light of this truth so that they may live virtuous lives and serve others more abundantly.

Honors Program students will be widely representative of the campus body and will be free to pursue any area of study as their major. Furthermore, the students can be involved in extracurricular programs such as athletics, musical ensembles, as well as other campus clubs and organizations.

Honors Program Theme: Human Dignity and Ethics

▾ Honors Program Vision Statement

The Asbury University Honors Program explores a range of enduring questions concerning our humanness, questions like “What gives people dignity?” and “What are the implications of finding dignity in ourselves and others?”

Post-modern challenges to identity and difference have opened up the prospect of rediscovering images and ideas of human worth and value often left out of the overly quantitative and scientistic assumptions embedded into the enlightenment-infused modern understanding of humanity. As a result, conceptualizations regarding our humanness are being revisited; thinkers across the disciplines are considering anew the deep nature, meaning, and implications of terms like “me,” “you,” “us,” and “them.” Amidst this discussion lies an opportunity to recover a more sacred understanding of humanness, one in which all people possess unique status and are endowed with intrinsic value; our moral natures being understood not as mere social constructions, but as central features of our identity and our responsibilities to others. The AUHP invites students into a community of scholars who engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of human dignity and ethical human living anchored in the richness of orthodox Christianity.

Asbury University, a Christian liberal arts school in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, affirms a historic Christian understanding of human persons as intentionally created, but terribly fallen, yet greatly loved, and with hope and help for restoration and right-relationship with God and others. Furthermore, Asbury University upholds that the proper grounding for our common humanity and equality is anchored firmly in God’s sought relation to humans, each one of us a dearly loved image-bearer of Himself; as testified to by Jesus’ incarnation, call to repentance and discipleship, act of atonement, and invitation to participate in the divine life. The sacrificial love of God that restores right-relatedness, not only binds us together with other disciples of Jesus, but also compels us to recognize our social interdependency and responsibility, and empowers us to live lives of service to others. The AUHP takes up the task of exploring what is entailed in these profound claims through careful and reflective study of human experience in the various academic disciplines of the arts, humanities, and sciences, with an aim towards facilitating transformative restoration.

Asbury University’s living and learning community is an ideal setting for an integrative, rigorous, curricular experience reflecting the width and depth of studies and programs exploring the origin and implications of human value. The program will ever-aspire to comprehend more fully and accurately the Imago Dei and to educate students in light of this truth so that they may live virtuous lives and serve others more abundantly.

 


Guiding questions for this themed enrichment experience through Asbury University Honors Program include:

  • What gives people dignity?
  • What are the implications of finding dignity in ourselves and others?

Asbury’s Honors Program will facilitate this understanding through a variety of mechanisms including:

  1. A first-semester orientation experience
  2. A series of carefully designed core courses, many team-taught and cross disciplinary
  3. Course upgrades within a student’s major or minor
  4. Resourcing and mentoring from invested faculty for either an undergraduate research project or the generation of a creative product.
  5. Resourcing to support an enriching academic travel-abroad experience
  6. Frequent interaction with noteworthy cultural/academic voices through a colloquium series
  7. Service experiences in support of on-campus academic programs as well as off-campus ministry initiatives and community support organizations

Honors program student applications are by invitation only. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact your admissions counselor or email the Asbury Honors Program director at honors@asbury.edu.