Applied Learning

We hope that you'll develop your talents and pursue your interests in Honors, but we also hope you'll use those talents toward a larger purpose. Applied learning is a great way to test out your knowledge and leadership skills, to get field experience in your major or an area of interest, to take risks and to reap rewards from stepping outside your comfort zone. In other words, applied learning is a way to be transformational, to benefit yourself and serve others. 

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Honors students working toward a leadership, law & public policy or interdisciplinary track are required to complete applied learning such as service-learning, study abroad or an internship experience. Any Honors student may earn academic credit for applied learning. Check the course schedule or talk with the honors academic advisor for more information.

Fund Your Adventure

Apply for a Cohen Enhancement Scholarship of up to $4000 to study abroad, participate in National Student Exchange, take an unpaid internship in the public sector, attend a national conference or engage in undergraduate research and creative activity.

Discover Your Passion Through Research & Creative Activity

Programs across campus offer students support to engage in faculty-mentored lab & library research or creative activity. Honors hosts the First-Year Research Engagement program and requires all Lindquist Scholars to take an Honors Collaborative Research workshop course.

Visit the Student Research webpage for more information

Engage with the Community through Service-Learning & Leadership

Several honors-specific service-learning & leadership opportunities such as the Lead for Tomorrow Leadership Academy and BILL'S Trip are offered each year. This experiential learning method integrates community service with instruction and reflection to improve student civic-mindedness and build community capacity.

Broaden Your Horizon with Study Abroad & Student Exchange

Twenty years from now, you may not remember the atomic weight of beryllium, how to divide square roots or the countries that signed the Versailles Treaty. But if you Study Abroad with Wichita State, we guarantee there will be at least one part of college you’ll never forget.

Study Abroad programs give you the chance to study anywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe (and virtually everywhere in between) for up to one year while earning credit toward your WSU degree.

WSU also participates in a program that allows students to study a semester or a year at another participating university. Students can live in a different area and experience an entirely new campus environment while continuing to pay WSU tuition and working towards a WSU degree.

Learn More About Study Abroad   Learn More About National Student Exchange

Gain Work Experience with an Internship

Apply knowledge in your field of study or an area of interest with on campus or off campus work experience. Most internships are paid, but you may be interested in a non-profit or public sector internship that isn't paid. Remember the Cohen Enhancement Scholarship can support this work. 

Visit the Shocker Career Accelerator to learn more. 
How to Enroll for Honors Internship or Co-Op Credit
  1. Visit or email Honors Academic Advisor to discuss how your internships will meet Honors requirements. An Honors Internship may meet major requirements.
  2. Activate Handshake account and upload the job description of your internship. 
  3. Ask a faculty member to serve as your internship mentor and instructor of record. 
  4. Email the academic advisor in the Cohen Honors College to confirm that you have a faculty mentor. 
  5. The Honors Academic Advisor will email you the CRN and enroll. 
  6. Complete the requirements assigned to you by your faculty mentor and internship placement. 
  7. Email the Honors Academic Advisor a copy of your Final Reflection paper.