Honors Program

The CBU Honors Program is a community of thinkers who actively seek wisdom and virtue together as we research, discuss, and debate the fundamental questions of life. Honors students take advanced, discussion driven seminars, that are designed to be interdisciplinary, and interactive, to allow students to see connections between academic disciplines, and build connections with one another. The Honors Program is a university wide academic program which students take in conjunction with their declared majors and minors. The majority of the seminars taken by honors students also meet university general education requirements.

Mission and Learning Outcomes

The CBU Honors Program exists to pursue wisdom and virtue in community. The goal of this pursuit is to foster and mold thinkers, leaders, and citizens, who will go into the world as agents of healing, who demonstrate the character of Christ, and act to influence, and promote, human and societal flourishing.

To accomplish this mission, the ten courses of CBU’s Honors Program are structured around the following six learning outcomes:

    1. Wisdom: Honors students will demonstrate social and mental habits indicative of sound judgment.
    2. Virtue: Honors students will cultivate a virtuous life which embodies Christ’s command to love God and love the neighbor.
    3. Community: Honors students will appreciate the need for, and be equipped to nurture, healthy communal relationships.
    4. Human Flourishing: Honors students will act to promote human flourishing on both the individual, and the societal level.
    5. Theology: Honors students will understand the manner in which a person’s theological foundation establishes the way in which they inhabit the world.
    6. Change: Honors students will develop strategies to create organizational and cultural change in society.  

Benefits of the Honors Program

In addition to taking seminars focused on cultivating an interdisciplinary community of thinkers, Honors students also receive the following benefits:

    1. Completion of the Honors Program will be noted on their transcript, giving them an edge entering graduate schools, and/or the workforce
    2. Completion of all 30 units of the Honors Program also fulfills the requirements for a minor in philosophy, a major/minor that business and organizations are currently actively looking for in prospective candidates 
    3. Honors students are able to take upper division courses in their second semester Freshman year
    4. Access to Honors events, trips, and talks
    5. Honors exclusive scholarship opportunities (launching in the near future)

Honors Program Curriculum

The CBU Honors curriculum consists of ten seminars. These courses are interdisciplinary and discussion driven. They build off each other, and intentionally reference each other, to provide a holistic understanding of how academic disciplines connect. These course also, in large part, meet CBU general education requirements, and also may meet requirements for various majors and minors throughout the university. Currently, the Honors Program seminars will meet 24 units of GE requirements.  

Honors students will take the following ten seminars:

Lower Division 

HON101 Human Nature

This course examines what it means to be human. Students will consider the concept of human nature from various traditions and in light of biblical or theological principles, as well as explore the universal experiences that are inherent to humanity. (3 units; Fall)

Welbaum, Sam D.
09/05/2023 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 106

HON150 Special Topics Honors Seminar

This Honors Program seminar investigates ideas relevant to a specific assigned topic from the overall standpoint of a central discipline within the liberal arts. The investigation of ideas will proceed systematically, progressively, and in interdisciplinary fashion. Students will have the opportunity for intensive, focused study from historical, philosophical, religious, sociological, political, literary, economic and scientific/technology perspectives. An important dimension of the seminar is to examine the seminar topic's implications for Christian worldview thinking. This seminar is open only to students accepted into the Honors Program. May be repeated. (3 units; As offered)

Pearson, MaryAnn
01/09/2023 M 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM James Complex 036
Schacht, Patrick C.
09/05/2023 M 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA

HON201 Wisdom: Anct Texts and Mod Thght

This course focuses on the foundation and development of wisdom and its relationship to worldview, faith, and moral living. Students will examine how the concept of wisdom broadens our perspective about God, self, others, and the world. The course takes take a multi-disciplinary approach, using historical, anthropological, sociological, philosophical, political, and theological sources. (3 units; Spring)

HON251 Chrst Charct and the Com of Fath

This course examines key passages in Christ's teaching on the formation of Christian character. It traces how these teachings were explicated by later New Testament writers and embodied by the Christian community in the first three centuries of the church. (3 units; Spring)

Wilhite, Shawn J.
01/09/2023 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mission Hall 125
Upper Division

APT371 Christian Theology I

An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of God, humanity, and sin. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Fall & OPS)

Co, Adamson
09/05/2023 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
Co, Adamson
09/05/2023 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA
Gonet, Christina D.
09/05/2023 T 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

APT372 Christian Theology II

An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of salvation, the person of Christ, the church, and last things. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Spring & OPS)

Gonet, Christina D.
01/09/2023 T 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 103
Co, Adamson
01/09/2023 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 253
Co, Adamson
01/09/2023 T 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS 103

HON310 The Just Society

This course examines the meaning of justice and the state's role in ensuring justice. Through a careful study of ancient and modern thinkers, this course aims to equip students with an understanding of the diverse meanings of justice that have shaped our contemporary political environment. (3 units; Fall)

Porter, Chase Martin
09/05/2023 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 190

HON345 Virtue in a Secular Age

This course examines the evolution of the concept of virtue against the historical backdrop of western secularization. It will explore the key historical and cultural events that led to secularization and chart a path toward meaning and hope from a biblical understanding of virtue. (3 units; Spring)

HON410 Leadership: Ancient and Modern

This course will examine the concept of leadership. By studying ancient and modern leaders, as well as leadership theorists, students will explore the essential skills and strategies for effective leadership. (3 units; Fall)

HON490 Human Flourishing

This course examines the concept of human flourishing. Students will be exposed to experts across the university presenting the concept of "the good life" from their areas of academic proficiency. Special attention will be paid to uniting common themes from the multiple disciplines presented. (3 units; Spring)


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Honors Program requires a separate application after having been admitted to CBU. Admission to the Honors Program is generally restricted to students with high school GPAs of at least 3.5, but promising students with a GPA of at least 3.0 will be considered as well.

Application Review Schedule

The CBU Honors Program does not having an official application deadline. Instead, applications are considered as they come in, and as space is available. That said, it is in the student’s best interest to submit their application sooner rather than later in order to secure their place in the program. Applications are reviewed at the following intervals during the Spring and Summer for the coming Fall semester.

Applications Submitted: Will Be Notified of a Decision By:
By December 31 January 15
January 1 - February 28 March 15
March 1 - April 30 May 15
May 1 - June 30 July 15
After July 1 Sept 1


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