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First-Year Experience

The mission of First-Year Experience (FYE) is to empower freshmen to become academically successful and socially responsible students at Lindsey Wilson College.

FYE promotes successful student transition from high school to Lindsey Wilson College.  The faculty, the four First-Year Experience Advisors, and the Director of FYE establish a working relationship with students through intensive advising that guides them through course selection and registration as well as provides information, referrals, and coordination with campus services.  In addition, FYE hosts social events throughout the academic year to encourage students to become actively involved in campus life.  Lindsey Wilson College requires all first-time, full-time students to complete the First-Year Experience Seminar course.  This seminar provides an in-depth exploration into behaviors and activities that promote success in college, including student skill-development, service learning, and healthy social living.

The FYE incorporates curricular and co-curricular elements.  The two courses that are part of the FYE are First-Year Experience Seminar and Peer Mentor Leadership. 

The FYE program, formerly the Freshman Advising program, was established with Title III funding in 2004.  The program has evolved over the years in which it has been in operation.  The peer mentoring program was added in the 2008-2009 academic year. 

FYE program's objectives are:


  1. Students will discover and gain insight into their personality, interests, and skills related to major and career exploration;
  2. Students will define how their personality, interests, and skills provide the foundation for their academic success and career readiness; and
  3. Students will become confident in their knowledge of major and degree requirements to create an individualized path to graduation from Lindsey Wilson College.


FYE 1001, First-Year Experience Seminar, is part of the Essential Learning General Education curriculum, partially fulfilling ESLO 4, Application and Integration of Knowledge, at the core level.  It has the following Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  1. Students will have the opportunity to experience a supportive and positive learning experience; and
  2. Students will make connections across courses and disciplines inside and outside the classroom.


R.V. Bennett Honors Program

Established in 2008 and named for Reginald V. Bennett, the first president of Lindsey Wilson College and a scholar in the areas of mathematics and Biblical Studies, the Honors program is designed to enrich the education of participating students by providing challenging and engaging curricular and co-curricular experiences.  It is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Southern Regional Honors Council. 

Students who are invited to participate and who choose to do so are expected to participate in three aspects of the Honors program, specifically by:

  1. Enrolling in the Honors Seminar in at least six of their eight semesters of attendance (for students enrolled for periods other than the traditional eight semesters, enrollment would be expected for at least 75% of semesters they are at the College and with a minimum of three projects).  Seminars will focus on current topics of interest to Honors students in an atmosphere of intellectual exchange and active student involvement in the learning process.  The seminar may involve speakers, projects, and service-learning opportunities.
  2. Each Honors course involves the completion of an Honors project.  The requirements for receiving an Honors designation (H on the transcript) in a course are not fulfilled unless the completed project is approved by the supervising professor and the student makes an acceptable presentation of his or her Honors project at the Honors Colloquium.  If the student makes an approved, acceptable Honors presentation, the course will be tagged with an H on the student's transcript to denote completion of the Honors requirement for the course.
  3. Participating in the Honors Association:  Students enrolled in the Honors Seminars will also be members of the Honors Association.  The Honors Association will sponsor social, experiential, and service opportunities for Honors students. 



LindseyWrites is a writing across the curriculum program that impacts undergraduate students at the A.P. White Campus in Columbia.  LindseyWrites is also Lindsey Wilson College's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for the College's 2013 reaccreditation.   LindseyWrites includes three components: 

  1. The Writing in the Core Initiative, which focuses on writing to learn in core general education courses;
  2. The Writing in the Disciplines Initiative, which focuses on developing writing skills specific to the student's major discipline; and
  3. The Writing for Life Initiative, which incorporates writing-focused activities and skills. 

LindseyWrites focuses on three student learning outcomes:

  1. Lindsey Wilson College students will have the ability to use writing to acquire, organize, and present information and ideas in a variety of contexts;
  2. Lindsey Wilson College students will increase their level of perceived self-efficacy for writing; and
  3. Lindsey Wilson College students will write effectively using the conventions, style, and vocabulary of their major disciplines.

LindseyWrites provides training for faculty in the use of writing-to-learn strategies and in techniques for teaching students how to write in their disciplines.  The program is also training students to serve as writing fellows -- writing tutors/mentors who are assigned to assist faculty teaching specific writing intensive courses.  Additionally, the program trains writing advocates -- students who volunteer to promote LindseyWrites at various campus events.  An assessment component uses multiple tools to measure progress in student learning outcomes and the effectiveness of the program.  The College launched this high-impact five-year educational program in January 2013. 


Arranged Course and Directed Study

In exceptional cases, an Arranged Course (listed in the catalog but taught to less than a full class) or Directed Study (specially designed, individualized course) may be developed by a faculty member in order to meet a student's particular need.  Courses require the approval of the student's advisor, applicable Academic Unit/Division Chair/Director, the Vice President for Academic Affairs or Associate Academic Dean, and the Registrar's Office, respectively.  Approval is contingent upon a variety of factors.  Applicants applying for a Directed Study must have a minimum 2.50 GPA and demonstrated capability for independent work.  Students seeking an associate's degree may have no more than six such credits; those seeking a bachelor's degree are limited to 12 hours.  Applications are available in the Registrar's Office; faculty may also access the application through the Blue Raider Portal.  Students must register for Arranged Courses/Directed Studies during the normal registration period.



Required in some majors and elective in others, internships give students the opportunity to apply the skills and understandings learned in their majors in a professional setting.  Working closely with a faculty member and an on-site professional supervisor, the intern receives valuable work experience and may receive an advantage in competition for full-time, ongoing employment after graduation.  Pre-approved internship opportunities - paid and unpaid - are available in certain majors and may be taken during the fall or spring semester or during the summer. 

General internships are approved by academic programs and reviewed by the Academic Affairs Office.  Faculty members who supervise internships offered by their programs assume responsibility for developing internship syllabi, insuring compliance with established procedures, monitoring student performance throughout the internship, assessing the intern's academic and work progress, and grading the internship experience commensurate with the student's final evaluation by the work site supervisor and the degree to which the intern meets academic expectations.  Internships are normally graded Credit/No Credit (CR/NC).  Internships consisting of four or more credit hours must be submitted to the Academic Affairs Council as a student petition.

Note:   An international student who wishes to participate in a paid internship or any off-campus employment must have authorization from the Director of International Student Services prior to internship approval, registration, or start of the internship.


Learning Communities

Learning Communities are groups of students with shared interests who learn together.  A Learning Community provides a supportive start to the student's college career at Lindsey Wilson College.  Students who join a Learning Community have an instant support group which fosters academic and social success.  Students will be enrolled in two or more of the same courses and will have opportunities to engage in special social and service activities.  The groups include:

  • Business Leadership Learning Community
  • Health and Science Learning Community
  • Life Lanes Learning Community
  • Nursing Learning Community
  • Pathways Learning Community
  • Sustainability Learning Community
  • Teaching Learning Community


Semester in Frankfort

Through an arrangement with the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), a student may apply to spend the spring semester studying and interning in Frankfort, the state capitol of Kentucky.  Students take two courses that deal with Kentucky government, legislative process, and the media, and intern 30 hours a week in either the legislative or executive branch.  Students are placed in an office that complements their academic strengths and professional ambitions.  The program is excellent preparation for students interested in careers in law, the media, or public service.  Up to 15 Lindsey Wilson College credit hours may be earned through the program.  For additional information, contact the Academic Affairs Office.


United Methodist College Washington Consortium

Lindsey Wilson College is a member of the United Methodist College Washington Consortium. The Consortium offers students the experience of living, interning, and studying in the heart of Washington, D.C.  Students participating in the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) offered by the Consortium live in attractive apartments on Capitol Hill, intern in both government and non-governmental offices as part of select programs available only in Washington, D.C., and learn in challenging seminars and courses that are tailored to enrich their internship experience.  Up to 15 Lindsey Wilson credit hours may be earned through the program.  Applications for the program are available in the Academic Affairs Office.


Lindsey in London Program

The Lindsey in London program is offered through CAPA, the International Education Network.  Courses in disciplines such as anthropology, art history, business, communication, economics, film, finance, history, international relations, journalism, literature, political science, psychology, theater, and women's studies are offered.  The program also includes internship placements with businesses, non-profits, and nongovernmental organizations as well as service-learning opportunities that allow students to work on a project during the semester that benefits the community while developing an understanding of community issues.  

Up to 15 Lindsey Wilson College credit hours may be earned through the Lindsey in London semester, and depending upon individual circumstances, federal, state and college financial aid may apply.  Lodging is arranged through the program. 


The Cooperative of Undergraduate Programs Abroad

The Cooperative of Undergraduate Programs Abroad (COUPA) brings together a number of colleges and universities with the goal of promoting and sustaining exciting and innovative short term study abroad options for undergraduate students.  COUPA offers programs in Ireland, Belize, and Ecuador.  

Lindsey Wilson College is a member institution, and students will receive credit from the College for successful completion of COUPA-sponsored programs as the College serves as a school of record for COUPA-sponsored programs.  The College reviews all course syllabi and the credentials of faculty who teach in COUPA-sponsored programs.  


Student Exchange Programs and Sister Schools Overseas

Lindsey Wilson College has sister school relationships (both two-way tuition exchange and one-way study abroad programs) with five universities in Japan and two universities in South Korea.  Every year, students from these universities attend Lindsey Wilson College for either a semester or a year as part of their degree program at their home university.  In turn, Lindsey Wilson College students can also study for a semester or year at sister schools with which the College has a two-way tuition exchange program.  For these programs, Lindsey Wilson College students need to register first at Lindsey Wilson College as "Study Abroad" and pay their tuition fees at the College.  They need pay no additional tuition with our sister school and are responsible only for room and board and textbooks.  A GPA of 3.0 is recommended for these students.  Typically, students will take a combination of foreign language courses and content courses taught in English during their semesters overseas.  For further information about our sister school relationships, please see the Academic Affairs Office or Ms. Sabine Eastham, the Director of International Student Programs.

  • Sister Schools in Japan
    • Kansai Gaidai University, in Osaka (Two-way tuition exchange program)
    • Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Nagoya (Two-way tuition exchange program)
    • Toyo University in Tokyo (Two-way tuition exchange program)
    • Baika Women's University (One-way study abroad at Lindsey Wilson College)
    • Kinjo Gakuin University (One-way study abroad at Lindsey Wilson College)
  • Sister Schools in South Korea
    • Kyonggi University in Suwon-si (Two-way tuition exchange program)
    • University of Incheon in Incheon (Two-way tuition exchange program)


Northern Ireland (Irish American Scholarship)

Formerly known as Business Education Initiative (BEI), Study USA is a two-way tuition exchange program offered through the British Council in Northern Ireland.

Our past BEI students were students from Queen's University of Belfast, University of Ulster, and other Irish universities.  Reciprocally, these universities offer a limited number of places on the Irish American Scholarship programs each year.  A Lindsey Wilson College student with junior standing and a GPA of 3.2 or above is eligible to apply for one or two semesters of study abroad in Northern Ireland.  The student may choose courses in any subject area available for which tuition fees will be waived; living costs and other expenses are the responsibility of the student.  


Travel Opportunities for Academic Groups

In addition, Lindsey Wilson College performing groups, classes, and organizations periodically plan for and engage in travel to metropolitan areas in the United States and the world.  Study, service, and performances have been the goals of recent trips by a number of student groups.  The Lindsey Wilson College Singers have performed on trips to France, Italy, England, Canada, and several regions of our country.  Each year, various classes from humanities, fine arts, science, business, and social science engage students in the study of their disciplines by traveling within and beyond our region.  Students also have learned more about the United States by doing service work locally and in a variety of distant locations such as California, Florida, and Washington DC.


Additional Study Abroad Opportunities

The College participates in other programs which provide international travel and academic opportunities to a variety of destinations.  For additional information, contact the Academic Affairs Office.



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