Frederick M. Supper Honors Program exists to establish a community
of scholars. This community, consisting of faculty and students, encourages,
challenges, and supports one another in the endeavor to seek
wisdom. Honors students share a genuine passion for intellectual contemplation
and discussion, and members of this community provide leadership for
the entire student body.
The primary goal of the
Honors Program is to encourage students to develop a thoughtful
and insightful Christian worldview. The study of a variety of
ideas and concepts provides a coherent frame of reference for
all thought and action. Recognizing that one’s worldview provides the
basis for values and decisions, an honors education is intended
to produce servant-leaders who glorify God in thought, word, and
The Honors Program seeks to accomplish its aims through
a focus on the primary sources of the Great Conversation.
The books, the speeches, the works of music, art, and
architecture, the films, and the ideas of human civilization come
together to form the great conversation. This conversation addresses timeless
questions and issues that continue to shape our worldviews. The
Honors Program initiates students into the Great Conversation so they
can discover its wisdom, equipping them to become better scholars,
better leaders, better employees, better citizens, and better Christians.
The wisdom of the Great Conversation enables students to live
the examined life and to facilitate character formation. Graduates are
prepared to carry out the Greatest Commandment – to “love
the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, with all your mind, and with all your
strength” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31)
– in their vocations as a result of the formation
of a mature Christian character.