Doors to discovery

Wells Scholars may major in any field offered at IU. Each Scholar works with an Honors College advisor to design a course of study that takes into consideration the student's abilities, interests, and goals.

Freshman Scholars are required to enroll in a Wells freshman seminar in fall and in spring. During the year, Scholars read major works and discuss challenging ideas while developing intellectual and personal bonds with their classmates.

Wells Scholars also have the option of enrolling in other specially designed courses taught by distinguished campus visitors and IU faculty. Past examples include courses on:

  • Power, politics, and ethics with the Honorable Helen Suzman, noted South African political leader
  • The literary exchanges between Europe and the United States with British writer Sir Malcolm Bradbury
  • Mind games with New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz
  • The involvement of ordinary people in extraordinary evil with Holocaust scholar Christopher Browning
  • Contemporary art that challenges us with painter and printmaker Robert Colescott
  • International security issues in the 21st century with British international security expert Lord Timothy Garden
  • Popular music with noted musician and producer Todd Rundgren
  • Origins and extinctions with Walter Alvarez, the geologist best known for work establishing the theory that an asteroid collision caused the extinction of the dinosaurs
  • Theater of conscience with playwright, actor, and director Athol Fugard