Join the Honors Program!
Applications for eligible first-year and transfer students are now open.
Eligible students must complete the on-line application and submit a 1,000 word essay based on the question below. Accepted students will receive a one-time scholarship of $1,500 to be applied to the first-year of study. Priority will be given to students who complete their application by February 15, 2018.
The Honors Program at Fredonia supports academic excellence through innovative teaching and collaborative learning within and beyond the classroom. We are committed to a strong liberal arts curriculum as a way to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. Increasingly, however, we hear that a college education is simply a means to ensure future employment. Indeed, with the rising cost of college, the social and economic pressures to find meaningful employment after graducation has increased tremendously. The Honors Program at Fredonia take these issues seriously, but we also believe in a liberal arts curriculum is an essential part of a college education.
So as you imagine your college experience and place within the Honors Program, what do you think about a liberal arts education? Do you think it is valuable to your academic goals? Or do you think it is an impediment to your career objectives?
To help you think about these question, please consult the following short articles:
- Willard Dix, "A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Important Than Ever," Forbes, November 16, 2016
- Valerie Strauss, "Why the Tech World Highly Values a Liberal Arts Degree," Washington Post, August 30, 2015
- George Anders, "The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts," The Atlantic, August 1, 2017
- Mark McNutt, "There Is Value in Liberal Arts Education, Employers Say...," US News and World Report, September 22, 2014
Essays will be assessed on the how effectively the applicant addresses the prompt question and the quality of the writing. To be clear, we are not looking for a right answer. Rather we are interested in your views on the value (or lack thereof) of a liberal arts education.
For prospective students interested in learning more about the Honors Program, please contact the Program Director at email@example.com.