For students who seek to challenge intellectual boundaries and themselves
Honors students benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to learning that is supported by a team of faculty mentors who help to guide and individualize each student’s path. They focus on areas that excite them—interests they wish to explore at a deeper level. Honors students learn the value of seeking out and working closely with mentors who guide the learning process. They take active roles in both scholarship and citizenship.
Students with a record of academic promise and leadership in high school are invited to join the Honors Program when they enter Lesley. Others are invited to join afterward on the basis of their academic record.
The Honors Program has several goals. It assures that intellectually ambitious students get to know and remain resources for each other through their careers at Lesley. They take two linked courses their first semester at Lesley as a group and take Honors seminars together later on. On- and off-campus cultural and educational activities (plays, concerts, discussion groups, etc.) bring them together more informally outside of the classroom.
Another important goal is to foster the relationship between students and faculty. In small Honors seminars and through Honors projects students get to work closely with faculty to deepen and enhance their knowledge, to form learning partnerships with faculty that will last through the college years and beyond. Apprenticeship and mentorship, proven to be central to future success, are at the heart of the Honors Program.
Christine A. Evans
Professor of Comparative Literature; Division Director Humanities
Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Social Sciences Division
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