The Honors College

at West Chester University

Dr. Kevin Dean, Director
703 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2996
Fax: 610-436-2620

Welcome to the Honors College

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Our Mission

Modeling a commitment to liberal arts and cross-disciplinary education, the Honors College celebrates outstanding students and encourages them to strive for a high level of academic excellence.  We prepare students to become forces for positive change in the life of the campus and the broader community through scholarship, co-curricular activities, service, teamwork, and leadership.  We motivate students to examine and refine character, become active global citizens, and value life-long learning.  With the motto, To Be Honorable Is To Serve, honors is about the business of preparing leaders for the 21st century.


We prepare students to become forces for positive change in the co-curricular life of the campus and the broader community through

  • Scholarship
  • Service
  • Teamwork and
  • Leadership

Honors implies a decision to use the gift of knowledge to be an active problem solver in both the campus community and in the world. To that end, the honors program seeks to build character and foster a commitment to lifelong learning that prepares leaders for the 21st century. We achieve this theme of leadership development through service by providing an exciting environment for academically gifted and highly motivated students to interact in a learning community of peers, faculty, administrators, and staff that will challenge and enrich the students' college experience.

  • A core of nine sequenced courses will familiarize students with defining and addressing challenges facing today's communities.
  • Students will select a minimum of two 300/400-level special topics seminars that rotate each semester.
  • The culminating experience, a three-credit capstone project, provides students with the opportunity to identify, investigate, and address creatively an issue in a community business, nonprofit agency, or research laboratory.
  • Honors is a supplement to, not a substitute for, an academic major. The honors core, plus one additional science or mathematics course, fulfills the University's general education requirements for honors students.

We believe that an honors education should instill in students the desire to be active, contributing members of their societies. Our aim is summarized best in our motto: "To be honorable is to serve."




Core Curriculum

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