Torrey Honors Institute
The Torrey Honors Institute is a general education program in the liberal arts for undergraduates at Biola University. It is dedicated to forming leaders through the study of the master works of Western civilization, with a special emphasis on the Bible and Christian authors. Students in the program, who come from a variety of majors, are outstanding examples of academic ability, Christian character, and potential for leadership. They learn in a rigorous discussion group format to think and express themselves clearly in both verbal and written forms.
The work of the Torrey Honors Institute fulfills the majority of the liberal arts Core Curriculum requirements for a four-year degree at Biola.
B.A. students need 57-58 credits to satisfy their Torrey Honors program requirements. B.F.A, B.M., and B.S. students are exempted from HNRS 460 and need 55-56 credits to satisfy their Torrey Honors program requirements. To gain a four-year degree, students must meet all other academic, social, and spiritual requirements of Biola University. For further details, see the Torrey Course Sequence.
Torrey Honors Certificate
A student who completes the full Torrey program will be awarded the Torrey Honors Institute Certificate. A student need not graduate from Biola University to receive the Certificate. Certificates are presented at a commencement ceremony each spring.
Advanced Placement Credit
Although most Torrey students will have earned Advanced Placement credit in high school, they will not be exempted from any Torrey required classes. Advanced Placement courses are helpful in preparing the student for Torrey, but not equivalent to Torrey classes in style, content or rigor.
Applications for admission from transfer students with outstanding academic merit will be considered for the Torrey Honors Institute. Transferred credits may satisfy some standard Biola general education requirements, and major prerequisites not covered by Torrey coursework; however, no transfer courses will satisfy any Torrey Honors Institute course requirements.
Torrey Off-Campus (HNRS 465) offers opportunities to live and study away from the Biola campus for credit. Students read books, attend lectures, participate in discussion groups, and visit cultural points of interest in the area they are visiting. Torrey Off-Campus provides the opportunity for intellectual growth in a more intensive format than is possible during the school year. Students are supervised and led by a tutor in the Torrey Honors Institute. Torrey Off-Campus may be applied to either HNRS 338, HNRS 440, HNRS 450, HNRS 460, or as the Integration Seminar (BBST 465).
|HNRS 465||Torrey Off-Campus||4|
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Torrey Honors Institute, students will be able to:
- Analyze and interpret diverse and challenging works in collaboration with others (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate a willingness to consider diverse perspectives and to change their beliefs and behaviors due to the insights of others (ULO 2).
- Contribute in intellectual discussion confidently, critically, and charitably (ULO 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
The Torrey Honors Institute is highly selective. The average applicant to Torrey is among the top ten percent of students planning to attend Biola University in terms of academic, social, and spiritual leadership. High school students wishing to apply to Torrey should take four years of each of the core disciplines. Torrey applicants should have completed successfully some honors or Advanced Placement work, if such is available at their high schools. Students wishing to enroll in any courses in the Torrey Honors Institute must have outstanding skills in both written and spoken English. The prospective student will demonstrate the former in the Torrey application and the latter by a personal interview.
& HNRS 102
|Argumentation & Critical Thinking I|
and Ancient Civilizations: Greek & Hebrew 1
& HNRS 106
|New Testament Literature & Early Christian Theology|
and Argumentation & Critical Thinking II 1
& HNRS 215
|Medieval & Reformation Theology|
and Studies in Pauline Epistles 1
& HNRS 231
|Western Philosophy Survey|
and Dramatic Arts 1
& HNRS 327
|American Political Theory and Its Origins|
and Old Testament Literature 1
|HNRS 338||Apocalyptic Literature||4|
|HNRS 450||Lyric and Epic Poetry 3||4|
|HNRS 460||Oral Communication 2||2|
|BBST 465||Integration Seminar 4||3-4|
|or HNRS 465||Torrey Off-Campus|
The paired courses HNRS 101 & 102, 105 & 106, 210 & 215, 230 & 231, and 324 & 327 are corequisite and consubstantial courses. Each pairing functions as one coherent, 8-credit course, rather than two distinct 4-credit courses, and therefore cannot be separated under any circumstances without written approval from the director.
B.F.A, B.M., and B.S. students are exempted from HNRS 460.
Engineering Physics majors are additionally exempted from HNRS 440.
HNRS 465, 490 and 491
Students may receive credit for HNRS 338, HNRS 440, HNRS 450, HNRS 460 via registration for HNRS 465, HNRS 490, or HNRS 491 with permission of a faculty mentor and the program director. Students may also receive credit for HNRS 465 via registration for HNRS 490 or HNRS 491 with permission of a faculty mentor and the program director.
Students may combine HNRS 465, HNRS 490, or HNRS 491 to replace a maximum of 14 upper-division credits throughout their undergraduate career, while taking no more than 12 credits of the same course number. Any requested substitution beyond this is subject to written approval from the director. HNRS 465 can also be used to satisfy Biola's Integration Seminar requirement (BBST 465).
If a student does not complete all Torrey Honors program requirements but continues at Biola, the following Biola Core Curriculum requirements are satisfied by passing grades in the following Torrey courses.
|Torrey Course and Biola Core Course Granted Upon Torrey Program Departure|
|HNRS 101||Argumentation & Critical Thinking I (Satisfies ENGL 100/ENGL 112)||4|
|HNRS 102||Ancient Civilizations: Greek & Hebrew (Satisfies BBST 103)||4|
|HNRS 105||New Testament Literature & Early Christian Theology (Satisfies BBST 210, BBST 306/BBST 316/BBST 326)||4|
|HNRS 106||Argumentation & Critical Thinking II (Satisfies COMM 281)||4|
|HNRS 210||Medieval & Reformation Theology (Satisfies BBST 165, BBST 251)||4|
|HNRS 215||Studies in Pauline Epistles (Satisfies BBST 354)||4|
|HNRS 230||Western Philosophy Survey (Satisfies PHIL 214)||4|
|HNRS 231||Dramatic Arts (Satisfies ARTS 100)||4|
|HNRS 324||American Political Theory and Its Origins (Satisfies POSC 225)||4|
|HNRS 327||Old Testament Literature (Satisfies BBST 209, BBST 300/400 elective)||4|
Students who depart the Torrey Honors program after completing their fifth paired semester (HNRS 324 & HNRS 327) will not be granted any further substitutions in Biola's Core Curriculum than those listed above. There are no transfer substitutions for HNRS 338, HNRS 440, HNRS 450, HNRS 460, HNRS 465, HNRS 490, and HNRS 491.
NOTE: This is a suggested sequence only. Because of the differences in Torrey students' degree options, students should consult with both their major department and Torrey Honors Institute for customized course sequencing and degree planning.
|HNRS 101||4||HNRS 105||4|
|HNRS 102||4||HNRS 106||4|
|Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)||4||Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)||4|
|GNST 102||1||KNES 107|
|Total Credits 25|
|HNRS 210||4||HNRS 230||4|
|HNRS 215||4||HNRS 231||4|
|Science (see Core Curriculum)||3||MATH 122||1|
|Total Credits 21|
|HNRS 324||4||HNRS 338||4|
|HNRS 327||4||MATH 123||1|
|KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)||ENGL 313||3|
|Writing Competency Requirement|
|Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office|
|Total Credits 16|
|HNRS 4402||4||HNRS 450||4|
|BBST 4653||3||HNRS 4601||2|
|Total Credits 13|
BFA, BM and BS students are exempt from HNRS 460.
Engineering Physics majors are also exempt from HNRS 440.
May be substituted by HNRS 465 (4 credits).