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Prospective Students

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, the Honors Program 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.

Program Benefits

  • 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