College of Undergraduate Studies

Honors Program

Immaculata Honors Program

The Honors Program provides talented students with courses that encourage flexibility and integration of knowledge in an atmosphere of collaborative learning. The Honors Program is designed to nurture student involvement in the learning process while fostering inquiry and independent scholarship.

Membership in the Immaculata Honors Program

First-time freshmen: If you meet at least two of the following criteria, you will be invited to join the Honors Program:

  • SAT composite score (Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics, and Writing) of 1600 or better
  • High School GPA of 3.5 or equivalent
  • Top 20% of high school class

If your cumulative GPA falls slightly under 3.5, you may self-nominate and apply to the Honors Program Committee for acceptance.

The committee may also invite second-semester freshmen and first-semester sophomores who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, as well as transfer students who have completed 24 credits with a GPA of 3.5. Honors courses completed at other institutions with at least a B average will be accepted into the Immaculata Honors Program.

If you transfer to Immaculata with an advanced number of credits, you may be unable to complete the formal Honors Program, but you may apply for membership in the Honors Congress, an affiliate honors program. The Honors Congress requires a 3.5 cumulative GPA and gives students access to all honors courses, programs, extra- and co-curricular activities, and priority registration for classes.

Cultural and Social Activities

Honors students meet socially with faculty each semester during Honors Socials. The Honors Program also sponsors speakers and intercollegiate symposia on campus; encourages students to attend lectures and films; sponsors trips to museums; and involves students in the National Collegiate Honors Council meetings and regional honors conferences.

Honors Program Requirements

The Honors Program requires you to complete 21 credits, which you can earn in three years or extend into a fourth year. You may also earn honors credits through study abroad experiences, leadership demonstrated through extended service learning or service projects, or an online Honors Summer Reading Program.

Your individual scheduling needs and the classes available each semester may vary the sequence of the following courses:

First year

  • FYE 110: Honors Keystone Seminar
  • English 117: Honors Composition and Rhetoric
  • One honors course, which fulfills a requirement for the liberal arts core

Second year

  • Another liberal arts honors course
  • HON 400: Independent Honors Research or guided research within the liberal arts core or within a course required for your major

Third year

  • An extended research project (three to six credits). Having experience conducting extended research is often helpful in preparing to apply to graduate or professional programs.
  • HON 401: Honors Colloquium 

Fourth year

  • Optional off-campus study programs
  • If you have completed the requirements for the Honors Program, you may continue to take additional honors courses.


  • The Honors Committee awards certificates of achievement.
  • All honors courses are identified on student transcripts.
  • The Commencement program indicates seniors who participated in the Honors Program.
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