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The Frederick M. Supper Honors Program exists to passionately cultivate the Faith, Character, and Intellect necessary to lead a life well lived. What do we mean by a life well lived? While the modern world suggests that the good life is a life of luxury, power, convenience, and status the Christian Liberal Arts tradition has long held that it is something greater. It is a life that reveres faith, character, and intellect and recognizes them as primary in the pursuit of happiness.
A traditional education is designed to fill you with knowledge to help you succeed in your endeavors; The Honors Program, however, is designed to help you ask and answer the question “why” you pursue these endeavors. It is a desire to know “the why” which animates the distinctive students of the honors program. This education will lead to a well-ordered mind and soul and will both kindle your ambition and direct it toward just and proper ends.
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The Frederick M. Supper Honors Program succeeds by establishing a community of scholars in pursuit of Wisdom. This community, consisting of faculty and students, encourages, challenges, and supports one another in the endeavor to seek wisdom and to live well. Honors students are carefully selected by the faculty and share a genuine passion for intellectual contemplation and discussion, and members of this community provide leadership for the entire student body.
The Honors Program focuses on the primary sources of The Enduring Conversation — the books, the speeches, the works of music, art, and architecture, the films, that record the history of ideas. This conversation addresses timeless questions and issues that continue to shape our worldviews. The Honors Program brings students into the Enduring Conversation so they can discover its wisdom, equipping them to become better scholars, better leaders, better participants in the marketplace, better citizens, and, most important, better Christians.
All members of the honors program have opportunities to earn credit with special coursework, travel/study, and research. Frederick M. Supper Honors Scholars satisfy general education or core requirements. Alternately, honors functions like a minor for Associates of the Honors Program.
Frederick M. Supper Scholars experience every aspect of the honors program and are awarded with an academic scholarship. For them, the honors program substitutes for their general education requirements. The six courses in the worldview sequence provide an overview of the great ideas and the thinkers who produced them. Here, students encounter primary sources (rather than textbooks) which explore the ideas which have shaped the human condition. Instead of reading about Plato, Dante, Luther, Shakespeare, Shelley, Lewis, and others, they read these authors’ own works and let them speak for themselves. In addition to addressing the basic worldview questions, these lessons provide context for other academic disciplines and serve to complement the student's major.
The six worldview courses are taken sequentially (one per semester through the junior year). These classes are complemented by other honors coursework which features primary sources in Writing about literature, Rhetorical eloquence, Roots of American order, and Education and vocation and courses on special topics*
For honors fellows the program provides experiences that substitute for a minor, but this opportunity is so much more than an ordinary minor. They pursue a course of study on the history of ideas by completing 18 hours of their choosing from the following options: (1) honors special topics classes that examine the history of a singular idea like “justice,” “the good life,” or “suffering;” (2) honors coursework in the student’s major; (3) writing a thesis; or (4) travel study. This option adds depth and understanding to any major and will open your eyes to a world beyond your major.
Proverbs (13: 20) reveals that “Those who walk with the wise grow wise.” Understood allegorically, the Honors Program is a long walk in Palm Beach alongside the great thinkers of human history. Honors Program students develop understanding and even affection for those wise men and women of the past. They do not, however, meet these great thinkers alone. Honors students take this walk alongside classmates and professors who will bring out their best. Students challenge the authors and one another as they, too, are being challenged to grow in wisdom. As iron sharpens iron, in this passionate but nurturing environment, students become better versions of themselves, well equipped to apply the lessons of the most influential thinkers to their own life and work.
The Frederick M. Supper Honors Program will empower you to take your experience to impressive and distinctive heights. You’ll be challenged, and challenge others. You’ll live in a community of fellow scholars. You’ll travel the globe to other elite academic institutions. And you’ll join a legacy of excellence that’s unique to PBA.
You’ll join high-achieving students from across PBA, representing the broad spectrum of majors, who come together to support, inspire, be inspired, challenge and encourage one another. And you’ll be guided by faculty who are dedicated Christians and accomplished scholars who embrace their role as your mentor.
All members of the honors program have opportunities to earn credit with special coursework, travel/study, and research. Frederick M. Supper Honors Scholars satisfy general education or core requirements. Alternately, honors functions like a minor for Fellows of the Honors Program.
As a graduate of the program, you’ll join a distinguished and proud legacy. Our alumni are respected leaders in business, education, communications, politics and law. And they’re sought out by elite graduate, law, medical and seminary schools such as:
“Life in the Honors Program resembles British residential colleges and early American colleges. Classes are small. Students read and discuss primary sources rather than textbooks. They take ownership in their education and motivate one another and themselves. Our students graduate well prepared for graduate schools and for careers.” Dr. Tom St. Antoine
Director, Frederick M. Supper Honors Program
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As a graduate of the program, you’ll join a distinguished and proud legacy.