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Honors Programs

Grand View offers two honors programs.  The LOGOS interdisciplinary program is invitation-only for students in a variety of majors.  And the ALT Honors Magazine is for invited students with talent in communication, writing, art and design.

Both provide an academic challenge and will expose you to opportunities in the community to practice what you're learning. 

Read … reflect … discuss big ideas. Gain perspectives … enthusiasm … connections.

LOGOS will change the way you think and the way you look at the world. A challenging set of interdisciplinary seminars, LOGOS uses the great books of the Western tradition as a primary reading resource to hone your critical thinking, examine your beliefs and test your values.

Beginning in the freshman year, LOGOS consists of four courses, one per term for four semesters, each meeting five hours per week. In sequence, the courses are:

  • The Self: Our Own and Others
  • Nature and Human Nature
  • Society: Order and Freedom
  • God, Death and Transcendence

In the process of exploring challenging subjects based on the major questions of human life, you'll build understanding, learn to express yourself, form connections with other LOGOS students and experience learning as an activity that happens on a commmunal level.  Projects and workshops take students off campus for expanded study opportunities.

LOGOS is by invitation only.

ALT Magazine
In the Magazine Honors Program, you'll produce an innovative publication that’s distributed throughout the Des Moines area, in print and online. In the process, you'll  learn magazine design, layout and copywriting, as well as production and distribution. You'll find that ALT is cutting-edge magazine design, fresh and captivating writing, and great experience in the "business" of magazine production and distribution.

The 2009 issue of Grand View’s ALT Magazine was awarded a prestigious Pacemaker Award for Magazine Excellence by the Associated College Press at the National Media Convention in Austin.

ALT, produced by seniors in the Honors Magazine course, was given the award for general excellence. Four other magazines also were recognized, including Drake Magazine and student magazines from Webster University in St. Louis, Syracuse University and the University of Oregon. Winners were announced at the 88th Associated College Press/College Media Advisers National Media Convention on October 31.

ALT also won two design awards – a second place in the Feature Spread category for a design on a story about Vintage Vitae (designer Sammy Leung) and fifth place for the cover design (staff).

The first issue of ALT was published in 2007. The editor of the award-winning 2009 edition was Danielle Ameling, a 2009 graduate in graphic design. “Winning the American Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award is a great honor,” Ameling said. “To be recognized for our long hours, frenetic mouse clicking, and all around effort really validates what we've done and the goals we were trying to achieve.”

The Pacemaker Award, which includes a both a literary and general interest division, included entries from across the country. Editors from Wired Magazine in San Francisco judged the general interest category.

“The design and communications departments at Grand View always had a way of allowing personal freedom and exploration within the context of the courses,” Ameling said. “We were guided along the way, but in a way to further our own skills and strengths. Working on the magazine really demonstrated how each of our personal strengths could be utilized to create an amazing final product.”