University Honors Program

The Loyola University Honors Program offers the opportunity for academically superior, highly motivated students to take challenging honors courses, to participate in special cultural and intellectual enrichment activities, and to engage in a Living-Learning Community for honors students. The University Honors Program is open to qualified students of all undergraduate colleges and majors. The honors curriculum consists of eight courses representing eight areas: philosophy, English, history, religious studies, fine arts, social science, mathematics, and natural science.  These courses replace regular Common Curriculum requirements, and therefore do not add to the number of requirements for graduation.

The honors seminars, which are smaller than the regular classes and are taught by some of our most outstanding faculty, challenge and stimulate students to achieve their full intellectual potential. Primary sources rather than textbooks commonly provide the core of honors reading assignments, and writing projects demand a level of analysis and expression beyond what could be expected in a regular classroom. In keeping with our Jesuit tradition of liberal education, honors courses are value-centered and aim at establishing interdisciplinary connections.

Students who participate in the University Honors Program complete an Honors Independent Project over the course of their junior and senior years.  This original undergraduate research or creative project is undertaken with the guidance of a faculty sponsor.  The written portion of the project is kept in an electronic archive in the University Library.

Seniors give a public presentation of their work in the spring (An Academic Festival).

Students with superior high school records are selected to enter the University Honors Program upon application to the University Honors Advisory Board. Applications should be sent to the director of the University Honors Program. In addition to the 27 credit hours of honors coursework, students must also maintain the minimum grade point average of 3.3 and make normal progress toward graduation.

Honors Curriculum + Course Descriptions

Want to learn more about our honors programs? Explore the links to our curriculum below: