Honors Program

For students with a high level of academic ability, HLGU offers an Honors Program that focuses on a rigorous course of study in literature, history, science, and Christianity. You'll examine classic texts that will help you confront the on-going challenges mankind has faced within the universe, the environment, and the soul.

21 semester hours of honors courses will comprise the regular coursework in the Honors Program. Additionally, a 3-hour senior research project will be required.

Honors classes encourage personal creativity and insight as students and professors interact in an atmosphere that promotes original thinking. In the end, you'll have a clearer understanding of the human condition and a good foundation for living a successful and meaningful life.

The HLGU Honors experience is centered upon Sensus Plenior, the HLGU Honors Program student organization, which sponsors academic and social events throughout each semester. Through Sensus Plenior, honors students get to know one another and share in rich experiences which they will remember for the rest of their lives. Sensus Plenior is the campus leader in enhancing the life of the mind on the HLGU campus; that is, in encouraging students, faculty, and staff to think about, discuss and form opinions about issues important to a Christian worldview. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience while they are at HLGU.

Application Process

The HLGU Honors Program utilizes a rolling admissions process, so applications from qualified students are accepted at any time throughout the calendar year. Submit all documents to Dr. Sam Swisher at sswisher@hlg.edu.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Online Application and Essay
    Your essay should be 5-7 paragraphs explaining how you expect to benefit from the program and what you expect to contribute. This must be submitted along with your online application. You are encouraged to compose your essay using a word processing form, then paste your essay into the application form online.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    Have a high school faculty member mail a letter of recommendation directly to the Honors Program Director sswisher@hlg.edu..

For More Information

To learn more about the Honors Program, contact Dr. Sam Swisher, director of the Honors Program, at sswisher@hlg.edu. or 573-629-3030.

Contact Information

Dr. Swisher
Honors Program