Being an Honors Scholar

J-term Trip

Each January, freshman Honors Scholars participate in an overseas study abroad program for the same cost as spending J-term on campus. Past trips have taken students to Ireland, Jordan, Israel, South Africa, the Bahamas, and China.

Visiting Scholars

Each year, the Honors Guild chooses a theme and brings 3-4 scholars to campus to provide deeper understanding of the theme. The scholars' talks are open to the entire Taylor community. Honors students also have special talkback sessions with visiting scholars in the Honors Lodge.

Past Honors themes include: Simplicity and Sustainability, Everyday Activism, Vocation, and Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

Honors Courses

Honors courses are discussion-based courses that dive into the biggest questions of life. Honors students must complete 18 credit hours of honors courses. Most Honors courses simultaneously fulfill Foundational Core requirements.

Foundational Core Honors Courses

  • Interpersonal Communication for Intercultural Contexts (first year students only), 3 credits
  • Biblical Literature II (New Testament), 3 credits
  • Arts & Ideas, 4 credits
  • Contemporary Christian Belief, 3 credits

Three credit hours are fulfilled by participating in three one-hour honors colloquiums. Colloquiums are discussion-oriented courses that focus on a particular topic, typically in conjunction with Honors' theme of the year.

Many Honors electives are offered as well, including:

  • Technology and Ethics
  • Ways of Knowing
  • Civil Rights
  • Forensic Science

Intentional academic community

The Honors Guild has special events to promote friendship among Honors scholars. Traditional events include cookouts, speaker discussions, film viewings, an all-Honors retreat, and trips to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Ockenga Honors Lodge

Honors students can study, do research, relax, and converse with visiting scholars in the Ockenga Honors Lodge, named for 1926 Taylor graduate Harold John Ockenga.