The Honors Program was developed to provide intellectual challenge and stimulation for academically superior students who are strongly motivated towards academic success; to provide opportunities for independent scholarship, research, and creative endeavors by academically gifted students; and to provide a public forum for the presentation of scholarly and creative work by students.

Professor Jeff Del Col
Director of the Honors Program
101 College Hill Drive
Box 2158
Philippi, WV 26416
(304) 457.6313

Expectations of Honor Students

Students in the Honors Program are expected to complete at least three Honors seminars; design and carry out an independent research project in the junior or senior year.  Honors program requirements may be completed within the normal degree requirements.  No additional hours of study are required for graduation.

Among the benefits students will receive are recognition as Honors Program graduates on their diplomas and transcripts; inscription of their names upon a plaque in a prominent place on campus; recognition at a yearly banquet.

Benefits of Honors Program Participation

  • Focused, intellectually challenging interaction with faculty and other honors students
  • Recognition as honors Program graduates on their diplomas nd transcripts
  • Substitution for nine hours credit in the Liberal Studies requirements
  • Opportunity for participation in regional or national conferences and seminars
  • Preparation for advanced study
  • Honors Program students are strongly encouraged to participate in one of ABU’s international study or service opportunities.

Admission Criteria

Incoming Freshmen:

High school students identified as potential Honors students on the basis of markedly superior performance in high school and on national college entrance examinations will be invited to apply to the Honors Program.

Minimum criteria:

  • ACT composite score of 26 or SAT combined score of 1170
  • Placement in top 10% of graduating class or a high school GPA of 3.5

In addition to these criteria, students invited to join the Honors Program will write an essay in response to a subject proposed by the Honors Program Advisory Committee.  The committee will evaluate the essays and interview the applicants.  The final decision for admission will be based on all these elements.

Other Students:

Any qualified current student or transfer student who has completed 39 or fewer credit hours OR who will be a full-time student at Alderson Broaddus University for at least six more semesters may apply for admission to the Honors Program.

Minimum criteria:

  • 3.40 cumulative college GPA
  • Honors Program Course of Study

In order to be designated an Honors Program graduate, a student in the Honors Program must complete three interdisciplinary Honors courses as well as design and carry out an independent research project during the junior or senior year.

Honors courses may be used to meet requirements of the liberal studies program.  In addition, the independent research project may in some cases be taken as an independent study course in fulfillment of a requirement in a student’s major.

Honors Courses

Honors courses are taught in a seminar format that encourages students’ regular participation in an exchange of ideas and diverse viewpoints.  Each seminar focuses on a different theme, exploring that theme from the perspectives of the several academic disciplines.  All Honors courses involve intensive reading and discussion, with presentations by guest lecturers when appropriate.  Students learn the methods of scholarly research and writing through semester-long research projects that give them time to explore topics in depth.  They also make oral class presentations of their research.

Independent Research Project

Each Honors student will design and carry out a research project during his or her junior or senior year.  The project will culminate in an Honors thesis that will be evaluated by the Honors Program Director and two faculty advisors.