Honors Program

Immaculata Honors Program

Life Examined. Life Experienced.

If you are seeking a personal, intellectual, and social challenge and a distinguishing feature on your résumé, the IU Honors Program will enhance both your undergraduate experience and your post-graduation prospects.

Why Join the IU Honors Program?

  • Priority registration for classes every semester
  • Honors advising, including additional references/recommendations for internships and graduate school applications
  • Honors committee certificates of achievement awarded at spring honors convocation
  • Honors courses and Honors Program completion identified on student transcripts
  • Commencement program recognition for seniors who completed the Honors Program

Those are good reasons, but our students’ own words put it best.

Honors classes have helped me to become a more well-rounded individual, with a base of knowledge in multiple academic fields. It’s interesting to hear what other students have to say on certain topics as well as what the professor teaches!

Sarah Powell ’19

Nutrition and Dietetics

As a student who came into my undergraduate experience with plans to attend law school, I knew that I needed to find a school that would teach me how to think critically and research effectively. The Honors Program has provided me with opportunities to utilize research strategies that I am learning in the classroom to investigate topics that genuinely interest me. I feel prepared for law school.

Caitlin Paterson ’20

Business Management and Accounting

Course Preview

Regardless of what major you choose, you can complete the Honors Program by taking the following courses.

– FYE 110 Honors Keystone Seminar*
– ENG 117 Honors Composition and Rhetoric

– Two honors elective courses

(*Transfer students who qualify for the program may substitute an additional honors elective course for FYE 110.)

– HON 401 Honors Colloquium*

– Optional off-campus study programs
– Optional additional honors courses

(*Successful completion includes a spring semester presentation at the SEPCHE Honors Conference and Immaculata’s annual Posters Under the Dome event.)

– Two honors elective courses

– ENG 299 Advanced Composition*

(*Instead of ENG 299, you may substitute a third honors elective course or HON 400, guided research within the liberal arts core or within a course required for your major.)

– Optional off-campus study programs
– Optional additional honors courses

Your individual scheduling needs and the classes available each semester may vary the sequence of the above courses. Students typically complete the program in three years.

You may also earn honors credits through study abroad experiences, independent research, leadership demonstrated through extended service learning or service projects, or an online honors summer reading program.


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

  • SAT score of 1160 or better (new SAT)
  • 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, and extra- and co-curricular activities, along with priority registration for classes.

Recent Honors Courses

Sample courses include:

  • CCS 335 HON: Global Studies
  • COM 211 HON: Media and Love
  • COM 338 HON: Political Communication
  • ECO 313 HON: The Great Economic Debate
  • EDU 291 HON: Schools and Society
  • ENG 216 HON: World Literature
  • ENG 330 HON: Twisted Sisters: Brontës
  • FNU 213 HON: Current Issues in Nutrition
  • HIST 214 HON: Refugees
  • HIST 300/PSY 300 HON: The Holocaust
  • MATH 223 HON: God, Universe, & Math
  • MUS 300 HON: Women in the Performing Arts
  • PHI 314 HON: Asian Thought
  • PHI 341 HON: Mythos and Logos
  • POL 206 HON: Crisis and Opportunity in Global Politics
  • PSY 327 HON: Positive Psychology
  • SOC 360 HON: Culture and Gender
  • THE 332 HON: Christian Faith and Economic Life
  • THE 336 HON: Faith and Culture

Cultural and Social Activities

Honors students meet with faculty each semester during honors socials. The Honors Program also hosts speakers and intercollegiate symposia on campus, sponsors trips to museums, and involves students in the National Collegiate Honors Council meetings and regional honors conferences.

Honors Program Vision

The Immaculata University Honors Program embodies and promotes the highest ideals of an Immaculata education. Grounded in the tradition of the liberal arts, the Honors Program cultivates examination of the experience of personhood and community; develops creative, independent, critical, and responsive thinking; nurtures leadership and service for the common good; fosters cross-cultural dialogue and awareness; and facilitates a community dedicated to multi-disciplinary scholarship. The Honors Program pursues these goals within the context of a learning community marked by peer support and vibrant social interaction.

Honors Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key texts and ideas within the liberal arts tradition that illuminate personhood and community in the following disciplines: History, Literature, Philosophy, Social Sciences, and Theology.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify, clarify, and resolve intellectual, ethical, and social problems
  • Design and conduct high-quality research using multi-disciplinary methods
  • Communicate effectively through oral, visual, digital, and written modes/formats
  • Collaborate productively with others in the achievement of a shared goal
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interdependence between local and global communities

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