Nebraska Wesleyan Honors Academy Dual Credit Program

Earn college credit as an Honors Academy student.Nebraska Wesleyan University's Honors Academy Dual Credit Program 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, biology, business, chemistry, communications, English, history, mathematics, modern languages, physics, political science, psychology, cultural geography, and religion.

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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).

NWU Honors Academy Benefits

There are many good reasons for enrolling in the NWU Honors Academy.

  • Your course credit will transfer to most colleges and universities that accept transfer credit from Nebraska Wesleyan.
  • You will receive a NWU student ID card so you can access all NWU facilities and activities available to traditional undergraduates, such as the library, student union, fine arts productions, and athletic events.
  • Your course grade will be based on your cumulative classroom effort demonstrated for all assignments throughout the course—without the pressure of having to take the one-time AP exam to demonstrate success.
  • You only will pay for half of the AP exam if you choose to take it. (Note: Taking the AP exam may be advantageous for students applying on a national level to a variety of colleges and universities.)
  • Should you choose to attend NWU, your credit earned through the NWU Honors Academy will fulfill your equivalent NWU course requirement, as well as apply toward your total number of NWU credits required for graduation, including major, minor or general education requirements.
  • You will receive a significant cost saving per credit hour compared with NWU tuition rates.
  • Earning credits toward college graduation may reduce the heavy course loads that most first-year students face—giving you more time to participate in sports or other campus activities.


  • Students must be juniors or seniors in high school.
  • NWU recommends that students should have a B+ or better average in their prerequisite high school courses. However, the high school teacher serves an important role in counseling students interested in NWU Honors Academy and assessing their likely level of success.

Eligible High School Courses

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.

  • Selected advanced-level courses taught by qualified high school teachers.
  • All eligible NWU Honors Academy instructors and courses for each high school are listed on the Courses and Instructors page organized alphabetically by city.

Course Descriptions

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 parentheses represent college credit hours).

Department Course Offerings


Art 1050: Basic Design (3)
A studio art exploration of basic design elements and principles using traditional media, ideation, and rough draft processes.

Art 1300: Drawing 1: (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 1010: 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.

Business and Economics

Accounting 1310: 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 1320: 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 1530: 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 1540: 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.


Chemistry 1110: 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 1110L: Chemical Principles Laboratory (1)
Laboratory supporting Chemical Principles.


Communication 1000: 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 1010: 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 1020: 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 1010: Topics in U.S. History to 1877 (4)
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 1020: United States Society and Culture since 1877 (4)
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 in the lives of individuals, and the increasing involvement of the United States in the world.

History 1110: World Civilizations: A survey of Global Twentieth Century (4)
This is a world-history survey designed to introduce students to the sweep of social, political, economic, and cultural changes that took place around the world over the course of the twentieth century.  Using primary sources, the course allows students to investigate in-depth themes such as European colonialism, the First and Second World Wars, fascism and its consequences, the transformation of East Asia, the Cold War and its consequences, and new challenges to global stability in the modern era.

History 2130 Western Civilization through Literature (4)
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 1600: Calculus I (5)
An introduction to calculus of a single variable. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and beginning integration, with applications. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

Math 1610: Calculus II (5)
A continuation of Mathematics 1600. Topics studied include integration techniques and applications, differential equations, numerical approximations, sequences and series, and vectors. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor or grade of "C" or better in Mathematics 1600.

Modern Languages

French 1010: 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 1020: French Stage II (4)
Continuation of French 1010. Prerequisites(s): French 1010.

French 2010: French Stage III (4)
French 2010 is the first in a two-part sequence of intermediate-level French, 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 French. Prerequisite(s): French 1020 or equivalent.

French 2020: French Stage IV (4)
Continuation of French 2010. Prerequisite(s): French 2010 or equivalent.

German 1010: German Stage I (4)
An introduction to the German language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and culture with emphasis on practical communication.

German 1020: German Stage II (4)
Continuation of German 1010. Prerequisite(s): German 1010 or equivalent.

German 2010: German Stage III (4)
German 2010 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. Prerequisite(s): German 1020 or equivalent.

German 2020: German Stage IV (4)
Continuation of German 2010. Prerequisite(s): German 2010 or equivalent.

Japanese 1010: 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 1020: Japanese: Stage II (5)
Continuation of Japanese 1010. Prerequisite(s): Japanese 1010.

Spanish 1010: Spanish Stage I (4)
An introduction to the Spanish language designed to develop skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and culture with emphasis on practical communication.

Spanish 1020: Spanish Stage II (4)
Continuation of Spanish 1010. Prerequisite(s): Spanish 1010 or placement into Spanish 1020.

Spanish 2010: Spanish Stage III (4)
Spanish 2010 is the first in a two-part sequence of intermediate-level Spanish, 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 Spanish. Prerequisite(s): Spanish 1020 or placement into Spanish 2010.

Spanish 2020: Spanish Stage IV (4)
Continuation of Spanish 2010.  Prerequisite(s): Spanish 2010 or placement into Spanish 2020.


Music 1610: Fundamentals of Music Theory (3)
A review of the fundamentals of music (scales, key signatures, intervals) and the presentation of triads and their harmonic and melodic implications.

Music 2800: American Music (3)
The entire range of American folk, popular, and art musical styles, and the history of music in the United States since the beginning of European settlement in Florida in 1565 will be presented.


Physics 1600: Principles of Physics I (4)
The principles of classical mechanics, energy and motion designed for majors in the natural sciences. Algebra and trigonometry will be used in descriptions and problems. Three two-hour workshop sessions per week. Co-requisites: Math 1100 and Math 1470 or a Math ACT of 27 or higher or permission of the instructor.

Physics 1700: Principles of Physics II (4)
A continuation Physics 1600 with emphasis on waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and electronics. Three two-hour workshop sessions per week. Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 1100 and Math 1470 or a Math ACT of 27 or higher or permission of the instructor.

Political Science

Political Science 1000: 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 1010: 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 1150: World Religions (3)
This course is a study of the cultural settings, lives of founders when appropriate, oral or written traditions and literature, worldviews, myths, rituals, ideals of conduct, and development of some of the world's religions.  Religions studied will typically include tribal religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confuciansim, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and Bahai. Readings, videos, and websites will help introduce and illustrate not only the cultural settings in which these religions appear, but also the voices and faces of contemporary religious practitioners.

Religion 1900: Selected Topics (3)
A course designed to treat subject matter not covered in other departmental courses or to provide study of subject matter introduced in other courses. The title, content, and credit hours will be determined by current mutual interests of faculty and students.

Religion 2250: Religion, Peace and Social Justice (3)
This course explores religious responses to social justice issues such as conflict, poverty, oppression, discrimination, and the environment.



Tuition and Payment

Tuition is currently $90.00 per credit hour. You will receive a bill in the mail, please pay at that time. You may call the billing office and pay with a credit card (402.465.2118). There are no additional fees or charges for text books.

Payment options for Honors Academy courses include:

  • Check: You can mail a check or money order for the full amount once billed.
  • If you prefer to have automatic payments withdrawn from a checking, savings or credit card, E-Cashier can help you set that up for a fee.
  • Scholarships: Students demonstrating financial need may apply for and receive an ACE (Accessing College Early) scholarship available through the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education, which reviews the application for award consideration. Contact your high school counselor to complete the scholarship application as soon as possible.

NWU Honors Academy Registration

To apply for the Nebraska Wesleyan Honors Academy and NWU college credit, complete the online NWU Honors Academy registration form. The form includes:

  • The conditions of credit, including the title of the high school course and the comparable NWU course
  • The college credits available
  • Tuition amounts
  • Enrollment/withdrawal deadlines
  • Instructions for payment of tuition

Deadline for Registration

Regular registration for classes starting in August runs through the first Friday in October. For classes starting in January, the regular registration deadline is the second Friday in February.

Late Registration

Late registrations will be accepted if they are submitted within two weeks of the registration deadline.

  • A $15.00 late registration fee will be assessed if your registration occurs during the late add period. After the two wee late add period, registration can only be made through a petition process.


Late Registration by Committee Petition

The University’s Academic Petition process will be used to review registration requests for credit after the two-week, late-registration period.

  • Use online Drop/Withdraw/Add form.
  • The student must have a legitimate reason for the request.
  • Requests must be approved electronically by the high school instructor who supports the legitimacy of the request.
  • The petition will approval the signature of the Honors Academy Director and the University College Dean.

If late registration is granted, payment for the course credit and the late registration fee must be made immediately.

Dropping an Honors Academy Course

Students must be enrolled for the entire semester/year in a course approved for Wesleyan Honors Academy to receive NWU credit.

  • If the NWU Honors Academy students drop the high school course, they also must drop the Nebraska Wesleyan course by the deadline stated on the enrollment form for a refund of tuition.
  • If a student withdraws from the Wesleyan course after the deadline, a refund will not be granted.
  • Failure to follow withdrawal procedures will result in a grade of “F” on the NWU transcript.


Transfer of Credits

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 colleges and universities will accept transfer grades of “C” or better.
  • Honors Academy students have previously transferred credit to more than 85 colleges and universities throughout the country, including the University of Nebraska –Lincoln and its branch campuses.
  • Students should contact the registrar at the colleges or universities they are considering attending prior to enrolling in Honors Academy courses. An email with the course description sent to the registrar and/or the appropriate department chair will usually elicit a quick response.

Most schools that accept Wesleyan Honors Academy credit will do so in one or more of the following ways:

  • The hours will count towards the total hours required for graduation from that institution.
  • The course will replace a course required in the general education curriculum.
  • The course will replace a course required in a major or minor.
  • In most cases, the transferred NWU grade is not included in the GPA calculations at the accepting institution.



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 should contact their instructor to leaarn their final grade.


1098T Statement

In January, the Nebraska Wesleyan Business Office mails 1098T statements to all students who were enrolled in Honors Academy classes during the previous year. For questions about your 1098T, please contact the Business Office.


ACT Prep Workshops

Nebraska Wesleyan University offers free ACT Prep Workshops to students in Honors Academy classes. Upcoming workshop dates and registration should be clarified with the Honors Academy instructor who is sent a sign-up flyer. The workshops are held on NWU campus from 10 a.m. – noon. Upcoming workshop dates are:

  • August 27, 2016
  • October 15, 2016
  • December 3, 2016

Admission to NWU as a First Year Student

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
admissions [at]



For more information or if you have questions about Honors Academy, contact:

Dr. Marian Borgmann Ingwersen
Director, Wesleyan Honors Academy
mborgman [at]

Julie Manes
Office Assistant
jmanes [at]