MajorHonors Baccalaureate

The Honors Baccalaureate (HB) degree program from Wichita State is the only program of its kind in Kansas—and one of only a few offered in the country.

As an honors student, you'll enjoy a rigorous, personalized program of study, including the completion of a final project before you graduate. This degree is ideal if you're interested in pursuing advanced degrees, leading to careers such as university teaching, medicine, law or management.

Learn how the Honors Baccalaureate is the right fit for you.

 
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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

For students entering WSU with fewer than 24 hours of college credit:

  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.7
  • Or composite ACT score of 27 (SAT 1280)

For students with 24 or more hours of college credit: 

  • A minimum college GPA of 3.5
  • Or composite ACT score of 27 (SAT 1280)

Special Admission: Students who do not meet the ordinary admission requirements are invited to apply. Check the special admission box on the application and give your reasons for applying.

Inside the Program

Honors student improves leadership while helping others

As an Honors student, Sarah Myose had the opportunity to help out in the community by teaching a weekly pre-literacy class at the Wichita Indochinese Center.

They introduced immigrants and refugees to the basic English needed to fill out forms and applications, often to help with employment, health care or education. 

Myose used the hands-on experience to improve their leadership skills.

“I came in not feeling really very confident about my soft skills, being able to teach people and be in that leadership position,” they said. “I learned more about how I can react in a position where I’m the teacher, where I’m the one with some of the leadership authority.”

Curriculum

The HB curriculum consists of 63 credit hours. You'll work closely with a Cohen Honors College advisor and select two or three academic disciplines from at least two other colleges at WSU.

Careers

Thanks to WSU's extensive network of employer connections, students in every major have opportunities to gain real-world experience—helping them build a resume, make professional connections and land their dream jobs.

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