The Global Honors Program incorporates scholarship, service and spiritual formation into academics through experiential learning, service projects and independent scholarship.

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Participants in the Global Honors Program will take two required courses and a minimum of three self-selected “menu” courses.


1.) HONR 1000: Honors First Year Seminar (3 credits): Fall semester of first year

First Year Seminar will introduce you to college life. It will also focus on a foundational principle held by B. T. Roberts, founder of Roberts Wesleyan College: freedom. You will learn about:

    • B.T. Roberts and the rich history of Roberts Wesleyan College, his views on women’s rights and slavery and his foundational work in the Free Methodist church.
    • The work and lives of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, and explore how their freedom movements impacted the world (and how this connects to modern day slavery).
    • The Erie Canal, discovering how the canal system opened up freedom of commerce in the Rochester area and around the world.
    • The invention of Photographic Film and how it revolutionized photography and freedom movements around the world.

Additionally, you will expand your learning past the classroom as you visit the canal, the Susan B. Anthony House, the George Eastman House, and more. You will also participate in a service project with a local anti-human trafficking organization.

2) HONR 2000: Honors On-Location Course (3 credits): Spring semester of second year

At the end of your sophomore year, you will participate in an on-location course in Brazil or Puerto Rico where you will apply concepts from the classroom.

    • This course prepares you for the all-expenses paid on-location course in Brazil or Puerto Rico

MENU COURSES (choose three or four)

These exclusive Honors courses replace general education courses and are only available to students in the Global Honors Program.

Honors participants can take as many of these courses as they wish to. Students must take three to complete the program. If students take four or more menu courses, they will also earn a Global studies minor. It is strongly recommended that students take one Honors elective each semester. Each course listed below will be offered once every other year.

Course Title

GenEd Replacement

HONR 2070: World Literature


HONR 2300: Energy & Society (Lecture & Lab )

Lab Science 

HONR 2300: Energy & Society (Lab)

Lab Science

HONR 1300: Music & the Human Response

Fine Art

HONR 1020: Writing and Research: Global Cultures

COMP 1020

HONR 3050: World Religions

Social Science elective

HONR 2020: Global Film

Fine Art

HONR 1500: Global Water Use & Sustainability (Lecture & Lab)

Lab Science

HONR 1600: Honors Trauma and Resilience

Behavioral Science