FAQ About the JWHC

Q: What is the difference between a John Wesley Scholar and a Mary C. Dodd Honors Student?

A: John Wesley Scholars complete their applications as seniors in high school, enter the John Wesley Honors College as freshman, participate in honors courses and co-curricular activities throughout all four years at IWU, and complete an Honors Humanities major. Mary C. Dodd Honors Students apply to enter the Honors College as sophomores or juniors and, through an Honors Humanities minor, have the opportunity to integrate various core elements of the honors curriculum into their remaining college coursework. The Mary C. Dodd Honors Program is open for applications from current freshmen or sophomores who are attending or planning to transfer to IWU.

Q: Is the John Wesley Honors College compatible with all of IWU's majors?

A: Yes, the Honors Humanities major and minor complement any of IWU's 70 majors. Students are concurrently enrolled in the John Wesley Honors College and an academic division within the College of Arts and Sciences and have advisors from each to assist in integrating their honors and major coursework. The Honors Humanities major and minor provide an interdisciplinary, and thus more efficient, way to complete general education requirements.

Q: Are scholarships available to students in the John Wesley Honors College?

A: Yes! Students who apply to the John Wesley Scholars Program may be invited to participate in the Servant Leader Scholarship Competition. In addition, all students admitted to the John Wesley Scholars Program will receive a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year).

Q: Does it cost more to participate in the John Wesley Honors College?

A: No, there is no additional fee to participate in the honors curriculum. The John Wesley Honors College also covers expenses associated with the numerous co-curricular opportunities that its students enjoy.

Q: How do AP and other credits apply to the Honors Humanities major or minor?

A: If Indiana Wesleyan accepts a student's AP, IB or college transfer credit, then these credits count toward the 124 hours needed for graduation. In some cases, however, such courses will not fulfill requirements for the Honors Humanities major or minor because of the sequenced, interdisciplinary nature of this coursework. In keeping with practices that are standard for many honors programs across the country, the JWHC executive director will review any incoming credits to make the final determination whether their subject matter overlaps with any course requirements and/or they meet the rigorous standards of collegiate honors coursework.

Q: How many students are there in a typical Honors College course?

A: Honors College classes are capped at 10-15 students (depending on the course) in order to facilitate a more active and creative exchange of ideas among faculty and students and to encourage a vigorous inquiry-based style of learning.

Q: Will my GPA suffer if I take honors courses?

A: Based on past statistics, there is no reason to think that participation in honors courses will adversely affect one's GPA. Honors courses will challenge students to become actively involved in their education and to honor God with a first-rate academic effort. But our studies show that students in the Honors College generally possess an honors GPA that is at least as high as their GPA in general coursework.

Q: Do honors courses require a lot of extra work?

A: Honors courses are definitely challenging, but this has little to do with workload. What makes honors courses truly challenging is the holistic ways they draw students out of their comfort zones and dare them to reflect creatively on their learning. The honors curriculum's focus on depth and relevance means that students spend less time on busy work and more time engaging primary sources, learning through hands-on experiences and grappling with the enduring significance of course material for their life and faith.

Q: What opportunities does the JWHC offer students beyond the classroom?

A: The Honors College provides a vibrant and supportive community for its students. Events of all kinds - such as social gatherings, service opportunities, faculty-student fellowship outside the classroom, special chapel services, devotional groups and unique cultural experiences - are planned each semester by the Honors College Student Association.

Q: How active are Honors College students in campus life beyond the JWHC?

A: Very! Most Honors College students take full advantage of the broad array of opportunities that a thriving university like IWU offers. Indeed, we are extremely proud of how many of our students distinguish themselves each year in athletics, student government, singing groups, ministry teams, residence life leadership, journalism and various other student leadership roles.

Q: How can I learn more about the Honors College?

A: Email jwhc.admissions@indwes.edu, or call 765-677-1441.