The Wilson Scholars Program is a recent expression of Wilson College’s long-term commitment to academic rigor in the liberal arts – a commitment extending back to the college’s founding in 1869.

The Wilson Scholars Program functions as honors programs do at other colleges and universities. Our goal is to offer challenging courses and exciting extracurricular opportunities for highly motivated and academically talented students.

Why become a Wilson Scholar?
  • Small, specialized classes with peers who seek intellectual challenge.
  • Travel, dinners and other activities paid for by the Scholars Program.
  • Opportunities for friendships with students who share similar interests.
  • Rewarding service and leadership project opportunities.
  • Recognition on the transcript and at graduation upon successful completion of the program.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • 3.5 high school (or transfer) grade point average or minimum SAT of 1,100, ACT of 24 or TOEFL of 650.
  • Letter of interest in the program.
  • Interview with the program director is recommended and may be completed by telephone.
  • For students already enrolled at Wilson College who seek admission, a grade point average of at least 3.5, letter of interest, faculty recommendation and an interview with the program director.

Honors Courses

Recent honors courses have included…

COM 270/370 Honors US Advertising Culture
ENG 270 Honors Women Writers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
ENV 270/370 Honors Energy Policy
FA 170 Honors Studies in World Art
FA 217 Honors Ceramics I
FA 231 Honors The Age of Michelangelo
FA 237 Honors American and 20th Century Art
GS 210 Honors Explorations of Global Cultures
IS 206 Honors Contemporary Comparative Cultures
PHI 222 Honors Logic
PHI 240 Honors Feminist Philosophy
PHY 170 Honors Astronomy
PS/HIS 318 Honors Constitutional Law in Historical Perspective
RLS 270 Honors Judaism
RLS 270 Honors Immigration Debate
RLS 238/338 Honors Comparative Religious Ethics
SOC 270 Honors Consumerism in a Global Society
SPN 270 Honors The Modern Long Poem
SPN 324 Honors Hispanic Women Writers
WS 225 Honors Women in Science