Programs and Activities
Since its establishment in 1892, Winston-Salem State University has maintained its reputation for providing the best in academic programs, personal development, resources and technology. The Honors Program at WSSU continues on this path by offering academically talented students a well-rounded education that combines academic studies with cultural enrichment and service to the community. The Honors Program provides students additional advantages through some of the programmatic initiatives listed below.
JUMPSTART SUMMER PROGRAM
JUMPSTART, a one-week bridge program for incoming freshman Chancellor's Scholars, is designed to give students a "jumpstart" on their college career and ensure their success at WSSU. The program allows students to become familiar with the academic and social aspects of college life as part of a close-knit group of scholars. Students develop relationships with professors and fellow students that will last the entire year and beyond as they participate in a variety of activities including research projects, team-building activities, service projects, social enhancement opportunities and a cultural excursion.
- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERIES
The Leadership Development Series is a student development initiative designed to promulgate leadership principles, practices, and procedures that serve as essential elements of individual and organizational success. Successful organizations provide direction while simultaneously building individual and organization capabilities. They also require tangible individual success from those seeking to add value through their involvement. In this same vein, the Honors Program embraces the importance of preparing students for major contributions in various forms of human endeavor. And it is the goal of the Honors Program to develop disciplined, responsible leaders.
LIVE AND LEARN
GOLF "FORE" SCHOLARS
SCHOLARS TEACHING AND REACHING SCHOLARS (S.T.A.R.S.)
S.T.A.R.S. is the Honors Program’s student mentorship program. It provides an opportunity for students to take ownership of their future by helping one another to achieve academically, professionally and socially. S.T.A.R.S. pairs incoming freshmen with upper class scholars who embrace mentoring as a shared philosophy for student success. These students provide an excellent resource and they serve as role models for freshman scholars. The Honors Program is committed to mentoring students and closely monitoring their academic progress so that they become leaders on campus while simultaneously being successful in the classroom.
- SOCIAL ENHANCEMENT SERIES
The 5 Ps (POSITIVE PARTICIPATION PRODUCES PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE)
The 5 Ps, a program that meets on the 4th Friday of each month, provides a creative outlet for students to display and enhance their social development skills. The Honors Program feels that it is important for students to be well-rounded, balancing academic requirements with social activities. As such, some of these meetings are designed so that scholars can fellowship with one another while enjoying food and recreational activities.
SNACKS WITH SCHOLARS
Snacks with Scholars is held at the end of each semester on Reading Day, the day after classes end. At this event, scholars in the Honors Program enjoy good food and fellowship with fellow honors students as well as honors faculty/staff. This is a great opportunity for scholars to take a mental break before exams began.
- RESEARCH PROGRAMS
As stated in the university’s strategic plan, Winston-Salem State University will enhance undergraduate learning by integrating experiences across curricular and co-curricular activities. To the end, the Office of the Provost and the Honors Program have launched a new initiative that will increase opportunities for undergraduates to participate more deliberately in the research process and engage more readily in intellectual exploration. This initiative involves creating a community of faculty mentors and cultivating connective pathways for students through a variety of research opportunities. As scholars engage in this high impact practice, they further develop and strengthen their critical thinking, critical reading and effective communication skills.