The Compass Curriculum offers students a variety of honors and scholars programs to engage in areas of passions or explore their liberal arts education.
Eliza Wheaton Scholars & Latin Honors
The Eliza Wheaton Scholars program recognizes and celebrates the liberal arts. Students will be designated Eliza Wheaton Scholars when they earn at least one credit each in Quantitative Analysis, Science, Creative Arts, Humanities, Writing (at the 100-level or above), Social Sciences, and Structures of Power and Inequality, and 2 courses each in the same language. The designation Eliza Wheaton Scholar will appear on the student’s transcript. The Eliza Wheaton Scholars program provides a map for students to explore the breadth of the liberal arts and encourages engagement with modes of thinking across the disciplines. Only students who complete the Eliza Wheaton Scholars program and meet the minimum cumulative grade point average at the point of graduation are eligible for Latin Honors.
Latin Honors – available ONLY to students who complete the Eliza Wheaton Scholars Program
At Wheaton, we believe that Latin Honors includes not only high academic achievement, but also a dedication to exploration of the liberal arts and the values associated with the College. To earn the designation of Latin Honors, students must earn the GPA associated with the designation and complete the Eliza Wheaton Scholars program.
Selecting courses for the Eliza Wheaton Scholars Programs:
- In your first semester, select course areas that interest you most by consulting the Course Catalog for information about all programs and courses of study, including the Eliza Wheaton Scholars program requirements. You can also use the course schedule search tool to explore the variety of course options available in the upcoming semester, searching for those courses of interest to you and for courses with attributes indicating that they meet various requirements.
The Global Honors program signals our College’s commitment to global citizenship and engagement with the world. The requirements are meant to provide a deep and meaningful engagement with the intersection of languages, cultures, and structures across the globe. Students will reach the advanced proficiency in a second language. The final essay or creative work is meant to encourage the student to situate their experiences in their home country within the context of their global experience(s), as a way to recognize that issues of global diversity and issues of domestic diversity are entwined.
Global Honors asks students to discover and experience cultures outside of the USA, learn a second language, and reflect on their place in the world. If you are interested in Global Honors, we recommend:
- Begin or continue your study of a 2nd language. Departments offer placement exams to guide you to the right first class.
- Consider other courses available in Fall of 2021 that count toward the Global Honors program,
- You can also use the course schedule search tool to explore the variety of course options available in the upcoming semester, searching for those courses under Compass:Global Honors in the Attribute field using the Advanced Search option. Select courses of interest to you that meet the Global Honors course requirements from the available options.
Taylor and Lane Scholars
The Taylor and Lane Scholars program provides a pathway or thread of courses and experiences for students focused on social justice and social change, specifically in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Students will complete four courses focused on diversity, social justice and inequality, as well as completing a final written and experiential Project.
The Taylor & Lane program asks students to address questions of social justice, inclusion, equity and diversity through engagement within and beyond the classroom. If you are interested in pursuing this option, we recommend that you can use the course schedule search tool to explore the variety of course options available in the upcoming semester, searching for those courses under Compass:Taylor & Lane Scholars in the Attribute field using the Advanced Search option. Select courses of interest to you that meet the Taylor & Lane Scholars course requirements from the available options the Fall of 2021.