Dr. Marian Borgmann Ingwersen
Director, Wesleyan Honors Academy
Honors Academy Office
Nebraska Wesleyan University's Honors Academy is an innovative program designed for gifted and highly motivated high school juniors and seniors who are passionate about learning and excited by the challenges of earning college credit by taking selected advanced-level courses taught by their high school teachers.
Course Offerings: The NWU Honors Academy offers support to high schools and teachers so they can offer courses in art, business, chemistry, communications, English, history, mathematics, modern languages, physics, psychology, cultural geography, and religion.
Nebraska Wesleyan University is fully accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Nebraska Wesleyan Honors Academy program is an accredited member of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
There are many good reasons for enrolling in the NWU Honors Academy.
A high school’s ability to offer courses depends entirely on the qualification of its staff members and NWU’s decision to allow qualified instructors to offer the courses.
A total of 39 separate courses are available from thirteen Nebraska Wesleyan University departments that offer Honors Academy courses: Art, Biology, Business and Economics, Chemistry, Communication, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion. A given school may offer any of the following courses (numbers in brackets represent college credit hours).
Department Course Offerings
Art 5: Basic Design (3)
A studio art exploration of basic design elements and principles using traditional media, ideation, and rough draft processes.
Art 130: Drawing 1: Basic Drawing (3)
An introduction to drawing by surveying its use as a foundation for future study in all 2D and 3D media.
Other courses may be reviewed.
Biology 1: Perspectives in Biological Science (4)
Designed for non-science majors, this general education course will examine the principles of biology within the context of the human experience and covers cell biology, physiology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and the interaction of humankind and the environment. Includes a weekly three-hour lab.
Accounting 31: Principles of Accounting I (3)
This is an introduction to the basic accounting model and the framework for developing financial statements. The major focus is on the study of generally accepted accounting principles as they apply to the measurement of income and the presentation of a firm’s financial position.
Accounting 32: Principles of Accounting II (3)
The role of accounting in the formation and capitalization of corporations is studied. Other topics include cash flow, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, and basic managerial accounting.
Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C-" or better in Accounting 31.
Economics 53: Macroeconomic Principles (3)
An examination of the macroeconomic theories, problems, and policies of the U.S. economy. Topics include supply and demand, a description of the main sectors of the economy, and the role of government in stabilizing the economy with monetary and fiscal policies.
Economics 54: Microeconomic Principles (3)
An examination of the microeconomic theories, problems, and policies of the U.S. economy. Topics include the theory of the firm, market structures, and current economic issues such as income distribution, antitrust policy, poverty, the farm problem, and international trade.
Prerequisite(s): Economics 53 strongly recommended.
Chemistry 51: Chemical Principles (3)
A study of the fundamental principles of chemistry including structures of atoms and molecules, periodicity, stoichiometry, reactions, solutions, gases and thermochemistry.
Chemistry 51L: Chemical Principles Laboratory (1)
Laboratory supporting Chemical Principles.
Communication 1: Fundamentals of Communication (3)
This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to effectively communicate in a variety of settings. The course will focus on a broad base of communication concepts and skills and offer students the opportunity to apply those skills. Students will explore several models of communication, including: invitational, persuasive and dialogic. Once they have developed an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of effective communication; students will develop the skills necessary to overcome the anxiety associated with public speaking, analyze audience needs, prepare effective speeches, deliver engaging speeches, better participate in small group discussions, and improve listening and response skills.
English 1: English Language and Writing (3)
A course designed to help students write with clarity, confidence, and conviction through regular practice in writing (including argument and exposition, writing as discovery, and personal exploration). Particular attention will be given to the role of revision in the writing process. This course also includes a study of language and its social roles, with special attention to the origin, development, and current nature of the English language.
English 2: Composition, Language and Literature (3)
This is a course in which students develop their composition skills through reading and writing about literature. The course includes a discussion of multiple genres and of literary works’ historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop skills of writing in multiple forms and will learn the skills and terminology appropriate to discussing literary works in different genres. Students will receive instruction in writing skills such as structuring an argument, using evidence from multiple sources, using conventions appropriately, and refining an essay through revision.
History 1: United States Society and Culture to 1877 (3)
A survey of United States history beginning with pre-contact cultures, examining the varied colonial and native cultures, and tracing the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States, and concluding with Reconstruction.
History 2: United States Society and Culture since 1877 (3)
A survey of United States history beginning with post-Civil War expansion into the trans-Mississippi West, tracing political, economic, social, and cultural development to the present; emphasizing the emergence of a dominantly urban-industrial society, the expanded role of government, increasing government intervention in the lives of individuals, and the increasing involvement of the United States in the World.
History 10: Studies in World Civilization (3)
An in-depth study of one timeframe across world cultures. The course is designed to introduce students to the uniqueness and interconnectedness of cultures in the global community. Historical dimensions of today’s ethical and political concerns will be examined in order to foster responsible world citizenship.
History 116: Western Civilization through Literature 1500 - Present (3)
A chronological survey of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present, focusing on the literary record which exemplifies changing societies; artistic and literary styles; and philosophical, religious, and political patterns. The course will include a reexamination of Biblical texts in the Reformation, the revival and imitation of classical texts in the Renaissance, absolutism and its critics, the revolutionary and Romantic movements, ethnic minorities, colonialism, the crisis of Western thought in the twentieth century, and the impact of totalitarianism.
Math 105: Calculus I (5)
An introduction to calculus of a single variable. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and beginning integration, with applications. Assignments help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.
Math 106: Calculus II (5)
A continuation of Math 105. Topics studied include integration techniques and applications, differential equations, numerical approximations, vectors and sequences and series. Assignments help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.
French 1: French: Stage I (4)
An introduction to the French language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and culture, with emphasis on practical communication.
French 2: French: Stage II (4)
Continuation of French 1.
French 101: French: Stage III (3)
Continuation of French stages I and II. This course continues to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and culture.
French 102: French: Stage IV (3)
Continuation of French stages I, II and III. This course continues to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and culture.
German 1: German: Stage I (4)
An introduction to the German language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and culture.
German 101: German: Stage III (4)
German 101 is the first in a two-part sequence of intermediate-level German, designed to build upon basic language concepts acquired in introductory-level courses, expand cultural knowledge, and increase confidence while enhancing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in German.
German 102: German: Stage IV (4)
Continuation of German 101.
Japanese 1: Japanese: Stage I (5)
An introduction to the Japanese language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and culture, with emphasis on practical communication.
Japanese 2: Japanese: Stage II (5)
Continuation of Japanese I.
Spanish 1: Spanish: Stage I (4)
An introduction to the Spanish language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and culture.
Spanish 2: Spanish: Stage II (4)
Continuation of Spanish 1.
Spanish 101: Spanish: Stage III (3)
Continuation of Spanish 1 and 2.
Spanish 102: Spanish: Stage IV (3)
Continuation of Spanish 101.
Physics 101: Principles of Physics I (4)
The principles of classical mechanics, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism. Algebra and trigonometry will be utilized in descriptions and problems.
Physics 102: Principles of Physics II (4)
A continuation of Physics 101 with emphasis on waves, light, electricity and magnetism.
Political Science 1: United States Government and Politics (3)
An examination of the context, processes, institutions, and outcomes of the U.S. political system. This course introduces the student to basic concepts and theories central to the study of political science.
Psychology 1: Basic Psychological Science (3)
Lectures and demonstrations that present psychology as a science of behavior and mental processes. Emphasis is on the topics of scientific methodology, learning, memory, thinking, states of consciousness, language, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, and the nervous system.
Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychological Science (4)
The Introduction to Psychological Science course will engage students in a learner-centered approach to the science of behavior and mental processes by synthesizing these areas of psychology: Scientific Inquiry, Biopsychology, Development and Learning, Sociocultural Context, Individual Variations, and Applications of Psychological Science.
Religion 015: World Religions (3)
A study of the cultural settings, lives of founders when appropriate, oral or written tradition and literature, worldviews, myths, rituals, ideals of conduct and development of some of the world’s religions. Following a brief examination of possible evidence of religious practice among pre- historic peoples, religions studied typically include tribal religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Bahai.
Religion 90 and 190: Selected Topics (3)
A topical course designed to investigate any relevant subject matter not included in the standard courses. The title, content, and credit will be determined by current mutual interests of students and faculty. This course may be offered to meet requirements for a major or minor only by approval of the department chair.
Religion 125: Religion, Peace and Social Justice (3)
This course explores religious responses to social justice issues such as conflict, poverty, oppression, discrimination, and the environment.
All eligible NWU Honors Academy instructors and courses for each high school are listed on the Courses and Instructors page organized alphabetically by city.
Tuition is currently $88.00 per credit hour which is due when the registration application is submitted to NWU. There are no additional fees or charges for text books.
Payment options for Honors Academy courses include:
To apply for the Nebraska Wesleyan Honors Academy and NWU college credit, complete the online NWU Honors Academy registration form. The form includes:
Online registration forms must be electronically submitted by Friday, October 3, 2014.
Late registrations will be accepted if they are submitted within two weeks of the registration deadline—between between October 4 and October 17.
The University’s Academic Petition process will be used to review registration requests for credit after the two-week, late-registration period.
If late registration is granted, payment for the course credit and the late registration fee must be made immediately.
Students must be enrolled for the entire semester/year in a course approved for Wesleyan Honors Academy to receive NWU credit.
To NWU: The course will count in the same area as the on-campus equivalent and the grade will become part of the student’s GPA calculations.
To Other Colleges and Universities: If you elect to attend a college or university other than Nebraska Wesleyan, order your transcript online. An official transcript can be sent electronically to the intended institution or available as a hard copy.
Most schools that accept Wesleyan Honors Academy credit will do so in one or more of the following ways:
The student is issued a letter grade by the high school instructor at the conclusion of the course. Nebraska Wesleyan does not issue grade reports. Students view their Nebraska Wesleyan Honors Academy grades via WebAdvisor by using the following steps.
Students may view their Nebraska Wesleyan Honors Academy 1098T Statement via WebAdvisor by using the following steps.
Nebraska Wesleyan University offers free ACT Prep Workshops to Wesleyan Honors Academy students. Workshops available for Spring 2014 are on April 12 and June 14. See your classroom teacher for details.
Enrollment in Honors Academy does not translate into application and admission to Wesleyan University as a full-time student after high school. Honors Academy students who are interested in attending Wesleyan University after high school graduation should contact the Nebraska Wesleyan University Admissions Office.
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504-2794
800.541.3818, ext. 2218
For more information or if you have questions about Honors Academy, contact:
Dr. Marian Borgmann Ingwersen
Director, Wesleyan Honors Academy
Honors Academy Office