Students who successfully complete the Scholars Program receive a special certificate at graduation as well as the designation "Muhlenberg Scholar" on their diploma and transcript.
To be eligible for this distinguished honor, a student must have at least a 3.3 cumulative G.P.A. at graduation, meet standards of good campus citizenship and meet all participation requirements of the program, including the following:
- Scholars First-Year Seminar
- Scholars course in the Humanities
- Scholars course in the Social Sciences
- Scholars course in the Natural Sciences
- Senior Scholar Capstone Seminar
- Independent Scholars Project
The Scholars First-Year Seminar (FYS) explores themes that foster greater self-understanding while honing critical analysis and writing skills. The faculty member leading the seminar serves as the students’ first-year advisor.
Scholars-Designated courses are typically smaller, discussion-oriented courses in which the student is encouraged to grapple creatively with problems at the forefront of current research. The emphasis is on original source materials rather than textbooks.
The Senior Scholars Capstone Seminar explores issues of enduring human significance and attempts to arrive at a deeper understanding of those issues by integrating the findings of various disciplines into a coherent whole.
The Scholars independent projects provide Scholars the opportunity to explore in-depth a topic of their own choosing and to work closely with a faculty member. These projects are self-designed and tailored to the individual student’s intellectual passions and interests.
Note: In order to maintain an honors program scholarship, students must have a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. at the end of their first year, and a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A at the end of their second year. In addition, students must continually meet standards of good campus citizenship and make measured progress towards participation requirements of the program.