Mission of the Program

The mission of the College Honors Scholars Program is to enhance the educational environment of Culver-Stockton College by providing unique academic opportunities to highly motivated students and faculty. This mission is based on the belief that academic excellence requires high expectations and personal engagement; therefore, the Honors Scholars Program seeks creative avenues for exploring and implementing this belief in both theory and practice.


- To ensure that each honors scholar has access to a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes original research, collaborative relationships, intensive writing, great works, creative expression and advanced thinking skills -- analytical, creative, critical, qualitative and quantitative. 

- To provide honors scholars opportunities for leadership development through seminars and co-curricular activities. 

- To provide opportunities for honors scholars to develop character by integrating knowledge with experiences through service learning, volunteerism, internships, international travel and interdisciplinary exploration.


Membership in the Honors Scholars Program shall be determined by enrollment and participation in HON 110: Honors Writing and Literature. To qualify for enrollment in HON 110, students must have earned an ACT score of at least 26 (*except in special cases) and have a high school GPA of at least 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or place in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

*Students who do not meet the above requirements may petition the Honors Board to be admitted into the Honors Scholars Program.

Benefits of Participating in the Honors Program

- Regular gatherings of the Scholars. Both social and academic in nature, these gatherings allow Honors Scholars to build a community, forge friendships and participate together in campus events. At such gatherings, the Honors Scholars attend exclusive President’s Seminars, learn about postgraduate opportunities and, during purely social occasions, play games or enjoy a meal together.
- Priority Registration. Honors scholars receive priority registration status and are allowed to register for classes during the first course registration session. Thus, Honors scholars have the opportunity to enroll in the classes they want on days and times they want, with the professors they choose.
- Premier First-Year Housing. In the Honors Learning Community, students benefit from an enhanced learning environment by living and learning together in a designated wing of a residence hall. The Honors Learning Community has a shared lounge on each floor and those students also take the same First Year Experience course together.
- One-to-One Faculty Mentorship. Each Honors student has the opportunity to conduct a research project of his or her choice and receives one-to-one faculty mentorship to complete the project.
- Graduation. Honors students receive special recognition at Culver-Stockton’s commencement ceremony.
- Experiential Grants. Freshmen Honors students receive $500 of experiential grants immediately upon enrollment.


Honors Scholars Program consists of (16 hours):

HON 110: Honors Writing and Literature (3), Offered each spring 12-week term.
HON 201: Inquiry into Knowledge, Writing and Scholarship (3), Offered each fall 12-week term.
HON 301: Leadership (3), Offered each fall 3-week term.
HON 302: Honors Service Learning (3), Offered each spring 12 week.
HON 488: Honors Literature Review and Project Proposal (1), Offered each spring 12 week.
HON 490: Honors Scholars Capstone Experience (3), Offered as needed.


Haidee R. Heaton, Director of Honors Scholars Program
Culver-Stockton College
One College Hill
Canton, MO 63435

Phone: (573) 288-6434
Email: hheaton@culver.edu

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