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About the Honors College

The Azusa Pacific University Honors College offers an academically enriched plan of study developed for talented and motivated students. The curriculum fulfills a significant portion of the General Education requirements while challenging students with greater depth, intensity, and intellectual rigor. The program coursework suits students committed to intellectual dialogue and Christian fellowship with scholars. In addition to the honors curriculum, the program offers extracurricular cultural and social activities, service learning, and international study that deepen the educational experience.

The Honors College challenges students to perform at their highest level of academic excellence, and offers them the opportunity to develop their abilities to the fullest. Close student-faculty collaboration is fostered through limited class enrollment of 15–18 students. Faculty teaching in the program are acknowledged experts in their field and are known for their outstanding scholarly contributions.

Honors students must:

Honors scholar graduates receive a certificate of completion, distinction as an honors scholar on their diploma, and a beautiful honors medallion to wear at graduation and keep as a memento of their achievements.

Honors Blog

Life of the Mind and Soul, a blog led by honors faculty member Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., professor in the Department of English, features interviews, debates, book reviews, and Bentz’s personal reflections. Hear from Bentz and guests as they discuss literature, faith, current events, writing, and more.

Life of the Mind and Soul

  • Will Novels, Movies and Video Games All Blend Into One?

    Is the day soon coming, or has it already arrived, when consumers won’t see much difference between reading a novel, watching a movie, and playing a video game? Over the past year, I have seen lots of...

  • Why the Cell Phone May Save the Novel

    I like to watch people’s reading habits when I’m at airports and on airplanes. During several recent flights, which included some lengthy layovers and delays, I noticed that not very many people were...

  • OJ Simpson? Never Heard of Him, Or Johnny Carson Either

    When I started seeing the headlines and news segments marking the 20th anniversary of the OJ Simpson murder trial, my first thought was that the whole tawdry saga still felt too recent to be wrapped in...