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Academic Opportunities

Freshman Year Experience 

The mission of the Freshman Year Experience is to empower freshmen to become academically successful and socially responsible students at Lindsey Wilson College. 

The Freshman Year Experience (FYE) promotes successful student transition from high school to Lindsey Wilson College.  The Lindsey Wilson Faculty, four Freshman Advisors (FAs), and the Director of FYE, establish a working relationship with students through intensive advising that guides them through course selection and registration, as well as provides information, referrals, and coordination with campus services.  In addition, FYE hosts social events throughout the academic year to encourage students to become actively involved in campus life.  Lindsey Wilson requires all first-time, full-time students to complete the Freshman Seminar course. This seminar provides an in-depth exploration into behaviors and activities that promote success in college including student skill-development, service learning and healthy social living. 

The FYE incorporates curricular and co-curricular elements.  The two courses that are part of the FYE are Freshman Seminar and Peer Mentor Leadership.  Academic advising for freshmen is coordinated through the FYE.  The co-curricular elements of the program include ACES (Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success), Commuter Student Association, The Peak coffee house, and other social events planned by the FYE staff. 

The FYE program, formerly Freshman Advising program, was established with Title III funding in 2004.  The program has evolved over the years in which it has been in operation.  The peer mentoring program was added in the 2008-2009 academic year.  

FYE program goals are:

  • To promote for first-year students a positive adjustment and assimilation into Lindsey Wilson College;
  • To help students learn to balance their freedom with a sense of responsibility;
  • To improve student attitudes toward the teaching-learning process and towards faculty who are responsible for providing this process;
  • To improve relations between faculty and students;
  • To involve students in the total life of Lindsey Wilson College;
  • To teach students about LWC: its history, purpose, organization, rules and regulations, people, services, resources, and opportunities for student development;
  • To have students use such helping resources at LWC as the Library, Career Services, Academic Success Center tutoring program, the Writing Center, and the Math Center;
  • To provide students with information about health and wellness issues;
  • To provide students with additional training, practice, experience, and knowledge in the following areas: decision making, goal setting, planning, study skills, and time management;
  • To enhance or establish a respect for diversity and tolerance as a member of the Lindsey Wilson College family;
  • To help students discover the excellent opportunities that LWC offers, how students fit in here and how we can help students fully develop their potential.  

ACES Club, a service-oriented club within the Freshman Year Experience, provides opportunities for freshmen to connect with fellow students; participate in on- and off-campus recreational activities; develop leadership skills and abilities; give back to others through local, regional, and national service projects; and receive encouragement to excel in the classroom. 

Project Success                                                   

Project Success is a program designed to help low-come, first generation college students achieve success in college. The program  provides participating students with 1) financial aid services 2) career counseling services 3) personal counseling 4) course work focusing on college success skills, including  time management,  financial literacy and  reading/writing skills 5) tutoring services and 6) enrichment and engagement opportunities. The program is funded by the federal TRIO Student Support Services program.   

R.V. Bennett Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed to enrich the education of participating students by providing challenging and engaging curricular and co-curricular experiences. Program Director: Greg A. Phelps, PhD, Turner 207, (270) 384-8234,

Students who are invited to participate and who choose to do so are expected to participate in three aspects of the Honors Program, specifically by:

  1. Enrolling in the Honors Seminar in at least 6 of their 8 semesters of attendance (for students enrolled for periods other than the traditional 8 semesters, enrollment would be expected for at least 75% of semesters they are at the College and with a minimum of 3 projects).  Seminars will focus on current topics of interest to Honors students in an atmosphere of intellectual exchange and active student involvement in the learning process. The seminar may involve speakers, projects and service-learning opportunities, meeting twice a month in two-hour blocks. (The HONR course description is located with the course descriptions near the back of this catalog.)
  2. Enrolling in an Honors Course during at least 6 of their 8 semesters of attendance. (For students enrolled for periods other than the traditional 8 semesters, enrollment would be expected for at least 75% of the semesters they are at the College and with a minimum of 3 projects). Each Honors Course involves the completion of an Honors Project. The requirements for receiving an Honors designation ( H on transcript) in a course are not fulfilled unless the completed project is approved by the supervising professor and the student makes an acceptable presentation of his or her Honors Project at the designated venue (Honors Seminar or Honors Day.) If the student makes an approved, acceptable Honors presentation, the course will be tagged with an H on the student's transcript to denote completion of the Honors requirement for the course.
  3. Participating in the Honors Association: Students enrolled in the Honors Seminars will also be members of the Honor Association. The Honor Society will sponsor social, experiential, and service opportunities for Honors students.  

Arranged Courses and Directed Study

In exceptional cases, an Arranged Course (listed in the catalog but taught to less than a full class) or Directed Study (specially designed, individualized course) may be developed by a faculty member in order to meet a student's particular need.  Courses require the approval of the student's advisor, applicable Academic Unit Chair/Director, the VP for Academic Affairs or Associate Dean, and the Registrar, respectively. Approval is contingent upon a variety of factors. Applicants applying for a Directed Study must have a minimum 2.50 GPA and demonstrated capability for independent work. Students seeking an Associate of Arts degree may have no more than six such credits; those seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree are limited to 12 hours. Applications are available in the Registrar's Office. Students must register for Arranged Courses/Directed Study during the normal registration period. 


Required in some majors and elective in others, internships give students the opportunity to apply the skills and understandings learned in their majors in a professional setting. Working closely with a faculty member and an on-site professional supervisor, the intern receives valuable work experience and may receive an advantage in competition for full-time, ongoing employment after graduation. Pre-approved internship opportunities - paid and unpaid - are available in certain majors and may be taken during the fall or spring semester or during the summer. 

General internships are approved by academic programs. Faculty members who supervise internships offered by their programs assume responsibility for developing internship syllabi, insuring compliance with established procedures, monitoring student performance throughout the internship, assessing the intern's progress and grading the internship experience commensurate with the student's final evaluation by the work site supervisor and the degree to which the intern meets academic expectations. Internships are normally graded credit/no credit.  Internships consisting of 4 or more credit hours must be submitted to Academic Affairs Council as a student petition. 

Note: An international student who wishes to participate in a paid internship, or any off-campus employment, must have authorization from the Coordinator of International Student Services prior to internship approval, registration, or start of the internship. 

Learning Communities

Learning Communities are groups of students with shared interests who learn together.  A Learning Community provides a supportive start to student's college careers at Lindsey Wilson College.  Students who join a Learning Community have an instant support group which fosters academic and social success.  Students will be enrolled in two or more of the same courses and will have opportunities to engage in special social and service activities.  The groups include: 

  • Business Leadership Learning Community
  • Civic Engagement Learning Community 
  • Health Learning Community for Pre-Nursing Students
  • Health Learning Community for Other Health Professions
  • Human Services Learning Community
  • Christian Service Learning Community
  • Science Exploration Learning Community
  • Global Learning Community 

Semester in Frankfort

Through an arrangement with the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, a student may apply to spend the spring semester studying and interning in Frankfort, the state capitol of Kentucky. Students take two courses that deal with Kentucky government, legislative process, and the media, and intern 30 hours a week in either the legislative or executive branch. Students are placed in an office that complements their academic strengths and professional ambitions. The program is excellent preparation for students interested in careers in law, the media or public service. Up to 15 Lindsey Wilson credits may be earned through the program. For additional information, contact the Academic Affairs Office. 

United Methodist College Washington Consortium

Lindsey Wilson College is a member of the United Methodist College Washington Consortium. The Consortium offers students the experience of living, interning and studying in the heart of Washington, D.C. Students participating in the Capitol Hill Internship Program offered by the Consortium live in attractive apartments on Capitol Hill, intern in both government and non-governmental offices as part of select programs available only in Washington, D.C., and learn in challenging seminars and courses that are tailored to enrich their internship experience. Up to 15 Lindsey Wilson credits may be earned through the program. Applications for the program are available in the Academic Affairs Office. 

International Study Opportunities

Lindsey in London is offered in cooperation with eight other Appalachian colleges. It is a semester-long study program taught in the heart of London, England. The program is taught largely by American faculty from participating colleges on the campus of Imperial College. Extensive use is made of guest speakers and local experts, particularly in the "British Life and Culture" course. This unique course covers a different dimension of British life each week. Topics are addressed first in a lecture followed each Wednesday by a daylong field trip such as to a medieval castle, Shakespeare's birthplace, and the buildings of Parliament. Internships are also available. A listing of available courses for each semester is on file in the Academic Affairs Office. 

Up to 15 Lindsey Wilson credits may be earned through the Lindsey in London semester and, depending upon individual circumstances, federal, state and college financial aid may apply. Lodging is arranged through the program. 

In addition to the Lindsey in London Program, the College participates in other programs which provide international travel opportunities to a variety of destinations.  For additional information, contact the Academic Affairs Office. 

Student Exchange Programs and Sister Schools Overseas

  Lindsey Wilson College has sister school relationships (both two way tuition exchange and one way study abroad programs) with five universities in Japan and two universities in South Korea.  Every year, students from these universities attend Lindsey Wilson College for either a semester or a year as part of their degree program at their home university.  In turn, Lindsey Wilson college students can also study for a semester or year at sister schools with which the College has a two way tuition exchange program.  For these programs, Lindsey Wilson College students need to register first at Lindsey Wilson College as "Study Abroad" and pay their tuition fees at LWC.  They need pay no additional tuition with our sister school, and are responsible only for room and board and textbooks.  A GPA of 3.0 is recommended for these students.  Typically, these students will take a combination of foreign language courses and content courses taught in English during their semesters overseas.  For further information about our sister school relationships, please see Academic Affairs Office or Suzy McAlpine (Director of International Student Programs).

Sister Schools in Japan:
Kansai Gaidai University, in Osaka (Two way tuition exchange program)
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Nagoya (Two way tuition exchange program)
Toyo University in Tokyo (Two way tuition exchange program)
Baika Women's University (One way study abroad at LWC)
Kinjo Gakuin University (One way study abroad at LWC)

Sister Schools in South Korea:
Kyonggi University in Suwon-si (Two way tuition exchange program)
University of Incheon in Incheon (Two way tuition exchange program)

Northern Ireland (Irish American Scholarship):
Study USA formerly known as Business Education Initiative (BEI) through British Council in Northern Ireland (Two way tuition exchange program)

Our past BEI students were students from Queen's University of Belfast, University of Ulster, and other Irish universities.  Reciprocally, these universities offer a limited number of places on the Irish American Scholarship Programs each year.  An LWC student who is in junior standing with a GPA of 3.2 above is eligible to apply for a semester or two semesters of study abroad in Northern Ireland.  The student may choose courses in any subject area available for which tuition fees will be waived while living cost and other costs are the responsibility of the student. 

  Travel Opportunities for Academic Groups

In addition, Lindsey Wilson performing groups, classes, and organizations periodically plan for and engage in travel to metropolitan areas in the United States and the world. Study, service, and performances have been the goals of recent trips by a number of student groups. The Lindsey Wilson College Singers have performed on trips to England, Canada, and several regions of our country. Each year, various classes from humanities, fine arts, science, business, and social science engage students in the study of their disciplines by traveling within and beyond our region. Students also have learned more about the United States by doing service work locally and in a variety of distant locations such as California, Florida, and Washington DC.

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