R.V. Bennett Honors Program on the A.P. White Campus in ColumbiaEstablished 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 Kentucky Honors Roundtable. The program director is Dr. Elizabeth Tapscott (Slider 309, 270-384-8187, firstname.lastname@example.org). Students who are invited to apply and who are accepted into the program are expected to participate in three aspects of the honors program, specifically by:
- Enrolling in the Honors Seminar in at least six of their eight semesters of attendance. 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.
- Participate in a semester abroad (one semester will be waived).
- Graduate more than two semesters early as a result of dual credits. These will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
- Transfer to the R.V. Bennett Honors program from a comparable honors program at another institution. These will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
- Successfully participating in honors projects during at least six semesters. Each semester that honors students participate in an honors project, they must complete a project as part of a course in which they are enrolled. Over the course of the semester, they work with the professor of that course on a project that goes beyond the standard requirements assigned for the course. If the student successfully completes the project, that course will receive an honors designation (an H on their transcript). To receive an honors designation, the completed project must be approved by the supervising professor, and the student must make an acceptable presentation of his/her honors project at the Honors Symposium. If the student makes an approved, acceptable honors presentation and submits an acceptable, graded, full-length project write-up, the course will be tagged with an H on the student's transcript to denote completion of the honors requirement for the course. The honors program graduate's final, official transcript will also have a designated section listing all of the completed honors project titles and the courses for which they were completed. First year mini-projects do not count toward the completed honors project semesters.
- A semester abroad may be substituted in lieu of one honors project if, upon return, the student gives a presentation to the Honors Seminar about his/her experience.
- An honors student graduates more than two semesters early as a result of dual credits. Such instances will be examined on a case-by-case basis and may require the student to meet additional/alternative requirements.
- A student wishes to conduct research that requires more than one semester to complete (such as an experiment, etc.). Such instances will be examined on a case-by-case basis and may require the student to meet additional/alternative requirements.
- 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.
Exceptions to the six-semester requirement will be made for honors students who:
Exceptions to the above mentioned requirements might be made under the following circumstances:
Center for Public LifeLindsey Wilson College’s Center for Public Life, developed in conjunction with Kentucky Campus Compact and the support of the Kettering Foundation, fosters and facilitates constructive civic deliberation and dialogue on important public issues.
Arranged Course and Directed StudyIn 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 dean, the Academic Affairs Office, and the Registrar’s Office. 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 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 MyLWC Portal. Students must register for Arranged Courses/Directed Studies during the normal registration period.
InternshipsRequired 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 at the undergraduate level 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, ensuring 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). Undergraduate 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.
Semester in FrankfortThrough an arrangement with the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & 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 ConsortiumLindsey 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.
Student Exchange Programs and Sister Schools OverseasLindsey 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. Generally students 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 (email@example.com).
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)
- 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. Students interested in participating should contact the Academic Affairs Office the year prior to anticipated travel.
Travel Opportunities for Academic GroupsIn 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 OpportunitiesThe college participates in other programs that provide international travel and academic opportunities to a variety of locations. For more information, contact the Academic Affairs Office.
A Presentation by R.V. Bennett Honors Program Students