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Today’s most committed students are tomorrow’s leaders. They will write the books we read, determine the news stories we hear, produce the movies we watch. They will govern communities, preach in pulpits, teach in universities, and make key decisions in corporate boardrooms. Preparing these future leaders is our top priority in Azusa Pacific University’s Honors College. The Honors College curriculum starts with the premise that good leadership requires the cultivation of moral and intellectual virtue—the habits of the heart and of the mind that enable one to determine what ought to be done and how best to do it. Students read the classic works that have shaped Western Civilization for millennia and then engage with those ideas through small class discussions, writing assignments, and speeches.

Homeschoolers are a natural fit for the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University. The rigors of homeschooling equip students with a sense of responsibility for their education that makes them more than ready for the challenges inherent in an Honors program.

Additionally, many homeschoolers have already encountered classics by Homer, Plato, Dante, Chesterton, and Lewis—the kinds of books that are the backbone of the Honors College curriculum. While much of American higher education has become purely vocational training, the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University invites students to pursue the higher ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty through the Humanities alongside the vocational training they receive in a major of their choice-Business, Biology, Nursing, Psychology, Journalism, or any of the 70+ majors offered at APU.

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      Lily

      The Honors College has done so much for me. It has greatly impacted my faith, and my ability to live well. The books we read have taught me so much, and the professors do wonders in facilitating our conversations about them. Not only are our professors highly intelligent, they also care deeply about their students. It would be hard not to be thankful for my Honors College experience.

      Reilly Fitzpatrick

      As a senior about to graduate from the Honors College, I have been deeply shaped by my time as a student here: by the texts with which we engage, the community to which we are strongly connected, the faculty who lovingly teach us, and the leadership that seeks to grow us as scholars, disciples of Christ, and leaders ourselves. I have learned how to have gracious and important conversations with people from diverse backgrounds, how to effectively communicate what I believe in writing and speaking, and–as a future educator myself–the value of empowering and equipping individuals to engage the questions of history and of their own hearts and minds to impact the world. From my own background as a homeschooled student, I found the academic and relational community to be the absolute best part of my college career, and I’m so grateful for my experience in the Honors College.

      Kayleigh Jantz

      I am currently a Freshman in the Honors College and I have been so thankful for the wonderful community and learning opportunities with which it has provided me. I have been truly amazed with what I have been able to accomplish in terms of my academics with the encouragement of my peers and the wonderful Honors College faculty. I have grown so much in my thought processes, writing abilities, and even in my personal life because of the rich curriculum. I am beyond thankful for the experiences I have had this year and am looking forward to the many to come in the next three years.

      Sofia Calderon

      I can honestly say that the Honors College has been one of the most important agents for change in my college career. Having chosen to study Graphic Design and Honors Humanities has only grown me as a listener of people.

      I came to the Honors College, ready to assert my opinions, but I’ve walked out learning how to listen to Great texts, invested professors, and my peers. The Honors College at APU is a place where students of different backgrounds and cultural lenses can come and engage together. It is a place where critical thinking and servant leadership is fostered.

      Over the four years I’ve been in the program, I’ve come to value integrity, truth, grace, and discipline. For all those things, I’m incredibly grateful. I never would have thought I would come out of college with the appetite of a life-long learner, but here we are.

      Sofia Calderon

      I can honestly say that the Honors College has been one of the most important agents for change in my college career. Having chosen to study Graphic Design and Honors Humanities has only grown me as a listener of people. I came to the Honors College, ready to assert my opinions, but I’ve walked out learning how to listen to Great texts, invested professors, and my peers. The Honors College at APU is a place where students of different backgrounds and cultural lenses can come and engage together. It is a place where critical thinking and servant leadership is fostered. Over the four years I’ve been in the program, I’ve come to value integrity, truth, grace, and discipline. For all those things, I’m incredibly grateful. I never would have thought I would come out of college with the appetite of a life-long learner and the resolution to be a servant-leader, but here we are.

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