Prospective Students

If you value learning in and outside the classroom and would like more say in shaping your educational experience, consider our Honors program.

 

Anouk Ostea

 

The critical skills and unbiased mindset which I am learning through the study of religion enhances my dancing as well as every aspect of my life.

Anouk Ostea

I joined the Honors program because I wanted to participate in courses with others who are as equally dedicated and enthusiastic about learning as I am. Honors World Religions taught by Professor Gay Lynch provided insightful and energizing pedagogy that not only inspired me to continue my studies in religion, but also allowed me to connect my work as a dancer to the spiritual and sacred realms which we explored in class. 

In Professor Wong's critical media studies course, we looked at current news, books, articles, and movies and analyzed them through critical lenses: feminist, cultural, queer, and disabilities. This course provided me with invaluable tools and skills for evaluating and navigating the media we are exposed to daily. 

The study of various belief systems provides an in-depth and comprehensive outlook on humanity. My hope is these studies will allow me to better understand myself as well as my relationships with other humans and nature. 


Kate Shaffer

 

The Honors curriculum and activities have challenged me to become a leader, listener, and critical thinker. I believe that by developing these qualities I will be prepared to be an effective healthcare professional.

 

Kate Shaffer

Honors students are often thought of as the students who have good grades and take rigorous course loads, but Dominican’s Honors program is so much more than pure academic excellence. I learned how art communicates culture and religion, and gained confidence debating current ethical issues in healthcare, my chosen field of study.

The Honors program ignited my interests in art, world travel, and community involvement, And while it was intellectually challenging, the program helped me be an effective communicator and ethical leader. In order to effectively care for patients a nurse must listen attentively, communicate effectively, and respect patients' beliefs and wishes.

The professors, advisors, and staff members in this program have encouraged my success and have been interested in my complete wellbeing. As a nursing student it's difficult to study abroad for an extended amount of time. However, I had the opportunity to participate in an amazing trip to Costa Rica in 2017. We stayed on a permaculture farm in the middle of the rainforest where we took interactive classes about sustainable living. I learned about volcanic rocks while swimming in natural hot springs and built positive, lasting relationships with faculty, staff, peers, and community members. This program enhanced my critical thinking and public speaking skills, both applicable skills in Nursing. For me, Nursing is a combination of art and science. Dominican's Honors program has helped me cultivate the art of nursing.


Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt

I believe the best feature of the honors program is the international/multicultural requirement. Through Honors, I have had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador, Mexico, and Uganda. The Honors Program played a significant role in encouraging me to branch out of my comfort zone and directly immerse myself in other cultures. Especially as an International Studies major, it is crucial to see life from a perspective different than the one we already know. Along with these experiences, my Honors professors and peers have pushed me to think deeply about a variety of subjects, have taught me about persistence and rigor, and have guided me as I explore my curiosity of the world. 


Matthew Albert

Matthew Albert

The Honors program allows you to explore who you are. Many college students, myself included, do not have their lives completely figured out. Many of the Honors courses have allowed me to analyze my passions and who I am as a person. This allowed me to narrow down my career choices to one I can see myself being truly happy in. The Honors program has given me the opportunity to figure out how I can achieve my passions through the business school at Dominican.


Meghan Nelson

Meghan Nelson

The Honors program made me a well-rounded student. My Honors advisor told me I didn’t just have to take finance classes as a business major. I was given the opportunity to expand outside of my degree while having enough time to complete my double major in Business and Political Science within four years. Once I graduated from Dominican with the skills, maturity, and ethics training, I applied for a job as a financial advisor for Taddei Ludwig & Associates. Many of the other candidates had their certification and MBA already, but they chose me instead. I attribute my success in landing this position to being an Honors student, and the personalized attention I received from the faculty.