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The mission of the ETBU 荣誉项目 is to provide a tight-knit community of scholars in pursuit of the Christian intellectual life through the pairing of academic rigor with informed reflection for thoughtful eng年龄ment with the world.

We accomplish our mission with three series of courses that complement any major field of study offered at the university. Our program is designed for flexibility: 学生 can pick and choose which courses they want to take, or they can declare Honors as their minor, which requires them to complete 18 or 19 credit hours, depending on their concentration.


Designed for first- and second-year 学生, the one-credit-hour 初始化 courses lay the foundations of living a faith-filled life of the mind and a mindful life of faith.

An 初始化 course may substitute for LEAD 1111 when taken during the 学生’s first semester at ETBU.

HNRS 1101 Life of the Mind
Explores the meaning of a Christian intellectual life through the discovery and practice of intellectual virtues

HNRS 1102 Great Christian Thinkers
Highlights select Christian intellectuals throughout history to see how they practiced intellectual virtues to love the Lord with all their mind in their work

HNRS 1100 Idea of the University
Traces the influence of Christian faith on the history of universities and examines the challenges of pursuing one’s academic studies within a Christian framework

HNRS 1103 信仰 and Reason
Guides 学生 in the focused 阅读 of a selected work by a contemporary Christian thinker to assess its merit and relate it to the vocation of faith


Designed for 学生 in their third year and beyond, 继承 courses eng年龄 学生 in rigorous Socratic discussion about key texts in Western intellectual history.

继承 courses are team-taught by faculty from different disciplines, are capped at 15 学生 for optimal discussion, and equip 学生 to grapple with significant ideas from a Christian perspective.

HNRS 3301 继承 of the Ancients
在本课程中, 学生 have read and discussed texts from the Bible as well as texts by Plato, 亚里士多德, 西塞罗, 亚大纳西, 奥古斯汀, 波伊提乌, and the Early Church Fathers.

HNRS 3302 继承 of the Middle Ages
在本课程中, 学生 have read and discussed texts by Thomas Aquinas, 但丁, Christine de Pizan, Julian of Norwich, Leonardo da Vinci, 伊拉斯谟, 托马斯•莫尔, 马丁。路德, 约翰加尔文, 和蒙田.

HNRS 3303 继承 of the Enlightenment
在本课程中, 学生 have read and discussed texts by René Descartes, 布莱斯•帕斯卡, 塞缪尔·约翰逊, 伊曼努尔康德, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, 和列夫·托尔斯泰.

HNRS 3304 继承 of the Modern World
在本课程中, 学生 have read and discussed texts by C. S. 刘易斯, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 维克托, 马丁。路德 King, 托马斯·库恩, Gustavo Gutierrez, 弗朗西斯·柯林斯, Marilynne Robinson, 詹姆斯·K. A. 史密斯.



投资 courses guide 学生 in the completion of an Honors Project, an in-depth research project on a topic chosen by the 学生 within his or her major. Successful completion of an Honors Project results in the 学生 Graduating with Distinction, a special recognition at Commencement.

For eligibility requirements to conduct an Honors Project, please see the current ETBU academic catalog.

HNRS 4301 Honors Project I: Proposal
The 学生 researches, writes, and defends a proposal for an Honors Project.

HNRS 4302 Honors Project II: Research
The 学生 conducts in-depth research for the project.

HNRS 4303 Honors Project III: Writing
The 学生 completes the written portion of the project.

HNRS 4204 Honors Project IV: Presentation
The 学生 defends the project to his or her committee, revises the project for final submission, and publicly presents the project.



Following the ASK Speaker’s Banquet in 2022, one 学生 articulated well the importance of community for intellectual growth in her written reflection: 

“In the 荣誉 program, we have a chance to be a part of something more than ourselves. We have the chance to be a community, to take part in a shared experience, 一起成长, to help one another. We have the opportunity to bounce ideas off one another, to have space in which we can wrestle with and reexamine hard topics, we can delve into new territories of ideas, we can experience the earnest pursuit of a knowledge filled life with each other. A Christian intellectual is not alone, at least not here at ETBU. We are a community, we are not in pursuit of knowledge for the betterment of ourselves, but for the glory of the Kingdom.”

每年, the 荣誉项目 offers a number of social events to forge bonds of friendship within the community, including a Fall Welcome Dinner, 撤退, a Christmas party, 咖啡时间, 电影之夜, 游戏之夜, prayer gatherings, 披萨派对, and a Spring Celebration. Honors 学生 serve in the university’s volunteer work at 马歇尔 ISD elementary schools. They also attend the program’s two major academic events: the ASK Speaker’s Banquet and the Honors Symposium, a showcase of completed Honors Projects by graduating seniors.


The 荣誉项目 curriculum provides an intellectual backdrop to 学生’ chosen fields of study; gives 学生 needed context for study at the graduate level; and equips 学生 with critical thinking, 阅读, 写作, and discussion skills that will prove invaluable in the workforce. Students in the 荣誉项目 see that intellectual pursuits are not reserved for those in the academy but have a productive, positive bearing in all vocations.

Students also benefit financially by participating in the 荣誉项目. All 学生 enrolled in an Honors course, at any level, receive a scholarship from the university.

Qualifications and Requirements

Incoming freshmen and transfer 学生 with fewer than sixty (60) credit hours are considered for acceptance into the 荣誉项目 after they have completed the application below. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.8 .(在…上.0 scale) and the following minimum test scores: a combined score of 1210 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math sections of the SAT or a composite ACT score of 25.

Application for incoming freshmen and transfer 学生 is available below. 
Recommendations should be in the form of a letter.

Currently enrolled 学生 should contact the 荣誉项目 Director or their academic advisor to inquire about enrolling in Honors courses.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

姓名/名称 部门 电话
Dr. 扎卡里·贝克
Director, 荣誉项目
Professor of English
School of Christian Studies and Humanities 903.923.2267 发送消息 查看简历