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 vocational training and political indoctrination, the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University invites students to pursue the higher ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty.
Students in the Honors College enjoy many important benefits:
- A cohesive curriculum with no secondary textbooks, no exams, and no busywork
- Exemption from general education classes in order to complete two majors in four years
- Financial support in the form of an extra $1,000-per-year scholarship, a personal library of classics, and free concerts, films, plays, lectures, and visits to area museums
- Participation in an Honors living-learning community for freshmen