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The faculty and staff of the West Virginia University Honors College believe that an Honors education should provide students with an academically different experience that prepares them for life after their undergraduate career. In the Honors classroom, students are encouraged to think for themselves, question everything, and connect the unconnected.

Both Honors courses and the co/extra-curricular activities are designed to support students as they become independent, creative, and self-motivated learners. Students are challenged to “think beyond the textbook” and are assigned authentic, real-world tasks that provide them with opportunities to use the professional skills and knowledge they will need in graduate school or in their careers. Honors students are urged to conduct independent research in their fields, participate in internships, study abroad, and engage in civic service in their community.