Honors Program

Are you looking for a program that combines knowledge, faith, and service to enhance your university experience? Whether you’re a new or transfer student, the Southwestern Adventist University Honors Program is perfect for you!

The Honors Program seeks to provide you with interdisciplinary courses that will:

  • Strengthen your mental skills
  • Help you integrate your faith with your academics
  • Offer you opportunities to serve the local community


We want to help you develop academically, culturally, and spiritually so that you can be of greater service to God and your community.

In the Honors Program, you get to:

  • Participate in challenging and creative interdisciplinary courses.
  • Join a cohort of high-achieving students.
  • Travel as part of your Honors curriculum in the annual study tours.
  • Receive tuition scholarships ($500 sophomore year, $1000 junior year and $2000 senior year).
  • Partner with a faculty mentor to develop an original Honors thesis project.


In the SWAU Honors program, we offer education enrichment and opportunities for cultural appreciation and spiritual growth.

Honors Study Tour: Greece

Honor students Collette and Andre take us along on their Honors Program tour of Greece!

Qualification & Requirements

To be eligible to join the Honors Program, you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • High school GPA of 3.5 (or 3.4 college transfer GPA)
  • Composite ACT score of 24
  • SAT composite score of 1130 in critical reading and math

Honors students must maintain a minimum university GPA of 3.4 to remain eligible for the Honors Program.

The following courses are required for all Honors students:

  • HNRS 200 Honors Perspective (taken fall semester of freshman or sophomore year)
  • HNRS 301 Thesis Proposal Seminar (taken spring semester of junior year)
  • HNRS 400 Senior Seminar (taken fall semester of senior year)
  • HNRS 401 Senior Thesis (taken spring semester of senior year)

Additionally, Honors students choose at least three of the following Honors General Education courses:

  • HNRS 104 Human Communication (fulfills communication competency requirement)
  • HNRS 204 Advanced American History 1866- Present (partially fulfills history requirement)
  • HNRS 208 Advanced World Civilizations, early times to the 16th Century (partially fulfills history requirement)
  • HNRS 315 Political Thought
  • HNRS 325 World Religions
  • HNRS 345 Environmental Studies (fulfills life science requirement)
  • HNRS 355 Survey of Christian Worship
  • HNRS 375 Honors Study Tour (varies from year to year, previous options have fulfilled requirements for literature, religion, history or fine arts)
  • HNRS 404 Science & Belief (partially fulfills religion general education requirement, alternatively can be taken in place of BIOL 419 for Biological Sciences majors only)

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Faculty Profile

Kristin Denslow, PhD

Department of English
Associate Professor