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    Jun 18, 2024  
Missouri Baptist University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Missouri Baptist University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MBU Honors

Mission Statement: MBU Honors engages a diverse population of highly motivated students with scholarly and creative challenges that empower and equip them to be expansive, innovative thinkers, conscious global citizens, and curious, committed followers of Christ. Students will take intellectual risks; they will hold themselves to high standards; they will act as servant leaders on campus and off; and they will engage the big questions of today and yesterday with rigor and charity. The program not only prepares students for careers and graduate school, but also trains them to become compassionate leaders, both in the Christian community and in the world.

Application Process

This four-year program is designed to enhance all undergraduate majors at the University and is open to all students applying for admission as freshmen for the Fall semester. Courses are offered only on the Main campus. Students must first be accepted to the University and then apply for MBU Honors.

In the online application for MBU Honors, which must be submitted by the end of January, candidates address the following:

  • Community involvement and service – including extracurricular and co-curricular activities in high school as well as other activities in church and your community
  • Leadership experience – explain your work as an elected or appointed leader in various organizations
  • Academic history – list or explain scholastic achievements, including GPA, specialized courses taken, advanced credit received, standardized test scores (ACT, SAT), and any special academic honors received
  • Statement of intent – What do you hope to learn and achieve as an MBU student in general and a member of MBU Honors in particular? Tell us about your long-term education, career and life objectives. This portion of the application should be written in essay form and is used as a sample of your writing skills which will play a major role in consideration of your eligibility for MBU Honors. You need to craft your thoughts well.
  • Chosen applicants will be invited to an on-campus interview in February
    • Students will be engaged in a seminar together on a topic of discussion and evaluated on their ability to listen, speak, and discuss effectively.
    • Students will then be asked to write a reflective essay to how their ability to present thought in print effectively.
    • Members of the Honors Council will conduct the seminar, evaluate the essays, and recommend 15-20 students for Honors.



HONR 111 - Honors Seminar I   
HONR 123 - Honors Seminar II     


HONR 313 - Conducting and Presenting Research  
HONR 323 - Creating and Presenting Independent Research   


HONR 421-423 - Senior Project 
HONR 413 - Honors Senior Seminar 

†May be the Senior Capstone within the student’s major with some additional research or presentation requirements for Honors credit or an independent project.
‡Replaces World Citizen for Honors students

Honors Contracts

Students are also required to complete at least three Honors Contracts during the course of their studies. Ideally, these contracts would be completed during the sophomore and junior years.

  • Honors contracts are created between the student and the instructor of any class at MBU.
  • The parameters of the Contract must be approved by the student, instructor and honors director.
  • The course may be within the student’s major or the broader education program of the University. There must be a significant amount of additional work, appropriate to the course objective and content.

Beyond the Classroom

  • Students will engage in two co-curricular activities per semester for four semesters.
  • Activities will be accompanied by a discussion-based or writing-based assignment to be turned in within one week of the activity. Equivalencies for this assignment can be determined by the Honors Director. Details about co-curricular activities are provided in the “How to Graduate in MBU Honors” handbook. 

Beyond the Curriculum

  • Students will engage in two extracurricular activities per semester for four semesters. Extracurricular activities must be a cultural event, service, campus or community event, service-learning or an equivalency as approved by the honors director.
  • Activities will be accompanied by a discussion-based or writing-based assignment to be turned in within one week of the activity. Equivalencies for this assignment can be determined by the honors director. Details about co-curricular activities are provided in the “How to Graduate in MBU Honors” handbook. 

Honors Community and Housing

The MBU Honors Program stresses rigorous study and active service but also seek to create a community of students with similar goals and interests. It is important for the students to have time together for the community to be developed outside of the classroom. 

All members of the Honors community will have two regular meetings and events each semester, to be determined by the Honors Council.

Honors in the World

All Honors students will take part in at least one of the following travel options during their time at MBU:

—Best Semester
—Study Abroad
—Travel Studies
—Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO)
—NCHC Conference
—Great Plains Honors Conference

Honors Financial Aid

• Honors applicants are eligible for all academic scholarships currently in place, as well as other performance based scholarships including athletic scholarships.
• Those selected for Honors will be eligible for an Honors scholarship for as long as they remain in MBU Honors, subject to institutional policies and limits.
• Those who choose on-campus room & board may request Honors Housing in Spartan Row if they choose.


The MBU Honors medallion will be presented to all who complete MBU Honors at the annual Outstanding Students of Achievement Awards Ceremony. Awards may be presented to students who go “beyond” the minimum requirements of MBU Honors or have exceptional work that merits additional recognition within the University and community. A notation will also be made on the student’s transcripts.