Gordon features an array of advanced study and research opportunities for ambitious students.
In addition to a diverse selection of majors, minors and concentrations, Gordon offers honors-level study within academic departments and through interdisciplinary seminars. Each one values analysis and imagination, compelling communication and ethical discernment, and thrives within the context of a community where faculty and students share the quest for knowledge and understanding.
Rather than a single Honors experience, we believe higher learning is best achieved when students follow their academic curiosity to engage multiple points of thoughtful study, experience and leadership that truly compliments their unique goals.
Options to pursue departmental honors study is available in 20 program areas. These allow students to extend their focused learning within an academic program or area of study. Departmental Honors options range from independent or joint research projects to practical applications within these areas of study. Departmental Honors are listed in each academic departments catalog description, and typically include significant concentrated research or application during the Junior year, and a culminating research/synthesis paper or project, which is then presented to a panel of faculty and peers in that department in the Senior year. Students can graduate with Honors in their major. Contact an academic Department Chair to find out more about these offerings.
The Pike Honors program is an opportunity for exceptional students to design individualized majors or to meet unique academic goals beyond existing Gordon programs. Approved programs may be designed to be an individualized, interdisciplinary contract major with a special focus drawing from different departments; an existing major fulfilled with a unique concentration; or a major in a discipline not offered at Gordon. Students can apply as soon as their second semester.
The Jerusalem and Athens Forum is a one-year great books honors program in the history of Christian thought and literature. In a small-seminar setting, students read and discuss classic texts from antiquity to the present, focusing on their implications for presentday living, learning and leadership. Additional activities of the program include retreats to explore questions of personal vocation and intellectual commitment, cultural activities in Boston and the North Shore, a public debate on an issue of pressing moral concern, roundtable discussions with Gordon's faculty and interaction with guest speakers.
The Elijah Project is a 12-month program in which a small group of students explores the broad questions of vocation and calling from biblical, theological, historic and philosophical perspectives. Students commit to two four-credit seminars, a summer internship within the student's field of study or of interest, and a community living arrangement for the final academic year of the program in which they will participate in fellowship, cultural events and field trips. Prerequisites: GPA of at least 2.75, approval of academic advisor and successful application to the program. Applications are available through the dean of the chapel office.
The Office of the Registrar maintains records of exceptional student performance for both term-by-term academic honors, as well as academic honors upon Commencement.
Academic Honors by term include Dean's List (3.50 > 3.74) and Presidential Honors (3.75 > 4.0). Academic Honors upon commencement include Departmental Honors in fulfillment of that program's project and conditions, and Latin Honors at Commencement (Summa cum laude (3.75 to 4.0), Magna cum laude (3.60 to 3.74), and Cum laude (3.50 to 3.59).
The following honors associations and accomplishments can also be attained. Please refer to the Registrar's website or the College Catalog for complete descriptions.
Phi Alpha Chi - scholastic honor society "Philio Aletheias Christou" Lovers of the Truth of Christ (1928)
Alpha Mu Gamma - National Language Honor Society, Kappa Epsilon Chapter (1983)
Phi Sigma Iota - Zeta Chapter, foreign languages and linguistics (1976)
Sigma Delta Pi - Eta Omicron Chapter, spanish language (1969)
Sigma Pi Sigma - Physics (2012)
Sigma Xi - interdisciplinary research society, North Shore Chapter (2009)
Study Abroad / Study Away options for Honors pursuits
When planning a personalized program combining Honors options, scholars and fellows programs, many students incorporate a study option abroad or domestically away from Gordon's Wenham campus in order to extend their understanding of the world, culture, and its influence with their area(s) of study. The Global Education Office (GEO) helps coordinate study abroad or study away semesters or summers for students, and the Gordon Global Internship offers a chance for applied learning around the globe in the summer.