WKU English Honors Program
Students who are members of the University Honors College and, indeed, all English majors and minors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are welcome to participate in our English Honors classes. The enrollment in these classes is typically smaller than in regular classes, and the environment is particularly rich and challenging, a situation which tends to enhance the learning experience for everyone.
Honors classes are regularly offered in both general education and upper-division English courses. Additionally, students may “augment” regular classes and earn honors credit (please see https://www.wku.edu/honors/forms/augmentation-contract.php for details).
For students who are in the University Honors Program, talking with the Honors Advisor about their plans for an Honors Senior Thesis is recommended as early as possible. Even during the freshman year is appropriate.
Please note that Honors Program students, regardless of their concentration, have the benefit of more than one advisor. Professor Walker Rutledge serves as the primary honors advisor, helping to ensure that students efficiently complete their English requirements and also the ones appertaining to the Honors College. Professor Rutledge is also happy to refer students to the appropriate secondary advisors—those overseeing Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and English for Secondary Teachers—when specifics in those areas require certain expertise. Students may be confident that all of the advisors work together to meet the students’ academic needs.
A special opportunity for Honors Program and honors-eligible students is membership in Sigma Tau Delta—the International English Honor Society. WKU has had an active chapter for over fifty years. Membership entitles one to submit work to The Rectangle and The Review, apply for prestigious Sigma Tau Delta scholarships, and to present papers at the annual Sigma Tau Delta Convention, which is held in such cities as Savannah, Albuquerque, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and New Orleans. For more information, please contact Professor Rutledge.