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Guy D. Newman Honors Academy

The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy: The Program for Civic Leadership and Public Policy, Howard Payne University’s multidisciplinary honors program, is designed for academically gifted students who aspire to leadership roles in a variety of careers. Students develop critical-thinking skills by analyzing current issues through the multidisciplinary Honors Academy major, which includes courses from the School of Humanities and the School of Business.

The Honors Academy has a proven track record of preparing students for ethical leadership. Since its founding in 1962, more than 400 students have graduated from the honors program and have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions. Today, Honors Academy graduates serve in a variety of fields including law, politics, business, ministry, government, medicine, education, economics, psychology and social work.

Students of all academic interests are invited to apply to the Honors Academy. Admission to the program is competitive and capped at a maximum of 25 students in each incoming class.The priority deadline for application and scholarship consideration is February 15.


The Honors Academy major has been carefully designed to challenge the student intellectually and experientially. The Honors Academy Bachelor’s Thesis serves as the capstone for the academic program by providing a theoretical as well as a practical application and demonstration of the student’s mastery of the multidisciplinary aspects of the honors program as students research, prepare and defend a thesis on a public policy topic selected in consultation with the Honors Academy director.

For more information about the Honors Academy curriculum, consult the Howard Payne University Catalog.

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Applicants must complete all fields on the application before their files will be considered by the Honors Academy Admissions Committee.