Dr. Vanessa Diana
Director of Honors Program
Dr. Hillary Sackett-Taylor
Honors Program Administrative Assistant
The Honors Program empowers students to be active and engaged in their experience at Westfield State University, fostering their academic, personal, and professional development in an innovative, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment. We are a diverse community of intellectually curious learners and leaders inspired to explore and develop our passions through small, student-centered classes, faculty and peer mentorship, project-based learning, research and creative work, civic engagement, presentation opportunities on and off campus, and social activities. Opportunities for personal growth, community building, and critical thinking abound!
Students in the Honors Program work closely with faculty members and are encouraged to present their projects at local, regional, and national conferences. Honors students are personally advised by Honors Program administrators and peers. Honors students register early for all courses, not just honors courses.
The Westfield State University Honors Program is part of the Commonwealth Honors Programs consortium, which sets guidelines for Honors Programs across the Massachusetts public higher education system. To graduate as an Honors Scholar, which includes recognition at graduation and a notation on your transcript, you need to complete 18 credits of Honors work. Honors students take Honors sections of Common Core courses as well as upper-level interdisciplinary Honors seminars. There are two tracks in the Honors Program:
Commonwealth Honors Scholar: To earn this highest academic distinction awarded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you must:
University Honors Scholar: To earn this distinction you must:
Students in the Honors Program are academically motivated. Most had high school GPAs above 3.5 and were involved in extracurricular activities and leadership. Incoming, transfer, and current students are eligible to apply.
Transfer students who graduate from a Commonwealth Honors Program at a Massachusetts community college are guaranteed admission to the Honors Program at Westfield State University and must contact the Honors Program Director to make their status official at firstname.lastname@example.org . Transfer students from other institutions should complete the transfer student application form.