Welcome to the WSC Student Honors Program


At Wayne State College, belonging to the College Honors Program means not only distinction, but special opportunities and challenges for students with high aspirations. In any academic program at WSC, Honors students have the option of choosing one of three honors options, those being High Honors in the Major, Honors in the Major, and Scholar in the Major. Please enjoy exploring these Honors web pages—and we look forward to hearing from you!



Wayne State College Honors Program is committed to nurturing talent

Why complete an honors program?

The WSC College Honors Program is designed to nurture talent by providing opportunity—to go further into an academic discipline, to broaden and deepen an education beyond the usual required work, and to nurture and reward genuine intellectual curiosity. Research opportunities help to develop in the student the skills of independent thinking and scholarly inquiry. The College Honors Program at Wayne State College is engaging, through a combination of specialized general education courses (usually taken during the freshman and sophomore years) and research projects completed in the academic major (usually completed in the junior and senior years). The program is structured in such a way that the student is not generally required to take additional credit hours beyond those required for graduation. Honors work can also be very practical--prospective employers and graduate admissions committees often carefully look at an undergraduate record for evidence of extra initiative and genuine intellectual strength.


Am I eligible?

For incoming freshmen, eligible students are those who have achieved an ACT score of 25 or higher (or an SAT score of 1100 or higher), and who have graduated from high school with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Alternately, freshmen who rank in the upper one-fourth of their graduating class, provide a sample of their written work, and have a strong recommendation from a high school instructor can also be considered. For students already enrolled at WSC, or who are transferring to WSC from another institution, eligible students are those who have achieved a college grade point average of 3.3 or higher, and provide a sample of their written work as well as a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and their academic advisor.


Honors Courses, the heart of the Wayne State College
Honors Program

Every year Wayne State College offers more than one dozen Honors courses. Honors courses are small and taught by select faculty members, with the primary goal being to provide a novel approach to learning which is stimulating to the most motivated and ambitious students (as opposed to simply increasing the volume of material covered). Honors courses are specially-conceived versions of courses from our General Education program such as Composition Skills (Honors), Biology and Society (Honors), Ethics and Values (Honors), Introduction to Theatre (Honors), and Introduction to Astronomy (Honors). Honors courses help to broaden the student’s vision and scholarly skills, and provide a rigorous background in advance of pursuing the Honors Projects.

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Honors students who pursue the option of High Honors in the Major complete two Honors projects, usually during their junior and senior years. These projects serve to culminate the Honors Program experience, and provide the opportunity for the student to delve further into an academic discipline. These research opportunities also help to develop in the student the skills of independent thinking and scholarly inquiry.


Each semester, Senior Honors projects are publicly presented on campus, and many Honors students at WSC also present their project results at national conferences. This research can take place just about anywhere—in the lab or the library, in the community or the workplace, in the U.S. or abroad. With as many majors as Wayne State College has to offer, no list can convey what these projects might be. However, here is a sample of project topics from the last few years:

  • The Power of Narrative in Everyday Life
  • A Night in The Woods: Writing and Illustrating a Children's Book
  • Explaining Tribal Economic Development: Lessons from the Winnebago Tribe
  • Green Chemistry: Solid Phase Formation of Organometallic Sandwich Complexes
  • A Genetic Algorithm for Optimizing Network Routing
  • The Effects of Passive Stretching on Electromyography, Mechanomyography, and Muscle Strength in the Biceps Brach
  • A Study on the Filmmaking Experience
  • The History of the Clarinet Family: Technical Improvements, Composers, and Players
  • Growth and Survival Analysis of Escherichia coli Containing High and Low Adenine-Thymine Recombinant DNA Sequences in Plasmid Cloning Vectors

Applying for the College Honors Program at Wayne State College

To apply for the College Honors Program at Wayne State College, please contact the Director of the WSC Honors Program, Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787 (or, dewhitt1@wsc.edu).

Honors Program Related Links

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Honors Courses

Independent Studies

Honors Colloquium Students' Abstracts & Biographies

Neihardt Scholars Program

Honors Housing

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Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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