Young Scholars Program

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What is Christian Faithfulness?
Begin exploring what it means to be a Christian scholar. What does the lordship of Christ mean for academic pursuits? How do you discover and remain faithful to your calling? You will seek answers to these questions in the Young Scholars Program as you dive into the readings, engage in enthusiastic discussions with fellow students and practice rigorous scholarship as you prepare a faith integration paper.

"Christian scholarship isn't just worldview analysis, and it′s not just working hard. It′s about notions of curiosity, imagination and wonder in the face of God′s creation-whether that′s for the engineer or the literature major or the soon-to-be stay-at-home mom or dad."
- Dr. Keith Martel, Professor of Higher Education

Living and Learning Communities
Students are encouraged to enjoy living, studying and "stretching" with other motivated learners on the honors floors of the upperclassmen residence halls.

Enhanced Academics
Engage in deep learning with fellow students in Young Scholars classes. Take up to 20 credit hours during the freshman year for no additional charge.

Courses You Will Take

  • HON 301 (FALL, 3 CREDITS)
    This seminar course focuses on the lordship of Christ in general and academic faithfulness in particular. This course counts as a substitute for BIB 300.
  • HON 201 (SPRING, 1 CREDIT)
    Continue deep discussion of academic faithfulness during the spring semester through a book discussion, college course analysis and an event to be determined.
    You will select and read a book during the summer following HON 201. By submitting a book review, you can receive one credit. Summer tuition will be waived.

This program enrolls 15-20 motivated students each year. The Honors Program will invite eligible students to apply during the spring semester of their freshman year. Students will be accepted through a competitive application process.

Students who are invited to participate in the Young Scholars Program are expected to participate actively in all components of the program. They must also earn a 3.4 grade point average at the end of the fall semester to continue in the program in the spring semester.

For More Information
Contact Kara Lee Mantinaos, Director of Honors Programs, on the second floor of the Student Center or at 724-847-5565.

Martel, Keith

Dr. Keith Martel is a professor of higher education and teaches HON 301 in the Young Scholars Program.


Dr. Don Opitz is a professor of sociology and higher education, the author of The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness and teaches HON 201 in the Young Scholars Program.


Dr. David Guthrie is a professor of sociology and higher education and teaches in the program.