The Honors Program brings together students in an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates a well-designed liberal education with the cultural resources of a great city. Working in small seminars under the direction of a dedicated faculty, Honors students join a lively and challenging scholarly community.
The Honors Program replaces the required Liberal Studies Program for a small group of highly motivated students. Providing a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, it is compatible with a wide variety of majors. The core courses in the Honors Program emphasize global, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. Third-year and fourth-year courses encourage self-directed learning through individual research projects. Throughout, expectations are high: students gain experience in analysis, critical and creative thinking, discussion, and writing. The program also offers a range of co-curricular activities, including a mentor program, peer advising, a quarterly newsletter, student-faculty dinners, film and lecture series, a student government, cultural outings, and opportunities for community service.
- Small classes, generally capped at 20 students
- Classes that foster active, participatory learning
- Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies
- Curricular emphasis on second language study and study abroad
- Faculty guidance in independent research
- Opportunities to present research or creative work through an Honors Thesis project and the Honors Student Conference
- Preparation for post-graduate education and professional careers
- Leadership opportunities in the Honors Program
- Service projects in the Chicago community
- Membership in a supportive community of scholars
- Individualized academic advising
- Priority registration
- Student mentor program