Academics

Big ideas. Creative, interdisciplinary thinking. Small course sizes.

The University Honors Program offers a range of exciting courses, featuring learning that extends beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and classroom walls. Taught by world-class faculty, Honors courses are unique—they are not part of any one standard curriculum. Rather, they are crafted to take a unique approach to a topic or question, often blending diverse bodies of knowledge and perspectives, and delivered in an engaging, interactive style.

Honors courses are enriched experiences, integrating elements of experiential learning into their pedagogy. Students in Honors courses may create a project or product (e.g., a grant proposal to help a community-based health center achieve their goals, the invention of a novel language, or a manuscript to be submitted for publication), the performance of community service, and in some cases, a global experience led by the course’s professor.

In the spirit of interdisciplinarity, enrollment in Honors courses is open to students in all majors. Honors courses do not have prerequisites, making it easier to delve into an area you know little about. Honors courses are limited to fewer than 20 students, promoting dialogue and collaboration between faculty and students across the disciplines.

Our Honors First-Year Inquiry Series, Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars series , and summer Dialogues of Civilizations are all designed to facilitate in-depth study of contemporary issues or long-standing interest from an interdisciplinary perspective, addressing, for example, the promotion of brain health through neuroscience to the modern-day impact of ancient and medieval African kingdoms.