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About the Program

The Honors Program is a reading and seminar discussion program that immerses students in the Great Books as a supplement to the University's cores and majors. This interdisciplinary program fosters critical thinking, models ethical decision-making, promotes awareness of the liberal arts tradition, and broadens awareness of culture. Completion of the program distinguishes students for further education and employment.

Students who complete honors seminars will have a reading knowledge of the texts assigned for the course. Students who complete honors seminars will develop critical reading and discussion skills.

The Honors Program is a Great Books reading program for students with high academic credentials. The program includes a 5-semester reading series, special topics classes, and the Honors Project. The reading courses meet once a week in a small seminar format to discuss one of the texts from the semester's list. The program's students are an eclectic group of traditional and non-traditional students from many majors and countries. The program affords students study abroad opportunities (as appropriate), early course registration, credit toward two (2) classes in the core (see below), exemption from IDS reading circles, club opportunities, better discussion and reading skills, and small seminar environment.

Entering freshmen with a high school GPA of 3.2 (on 4.0 scale) and an SAT of 1100 (or comparable ACT score) may apply to the program. In addition, all United World College students may apply. Further, faculty, administrators, staff, and Honors Program students may nominate already enrolled students for the program. Interested students may also seek admission by contacting one of the directors of the program.


  • Early registration
  • Small seminar classes
  • Directed reading and research
  • Community service
  • Cultural events
  • Foreign travel
  • Enhanced, enriched liberal arts education
  • Graduation recognition
  • Preparation for graduate study and/or career