University Honors Program

The Loyola University Honors Program offers the opportunity for academically talented, highly motivated students to take challenging, dicussion and writing intensive courses, to participate in special cultural and intellectual enrichment activities, and to engage in an Honors Living-Learning Community. The UHP is open to qualified students of all undergraduate colleges and majors.

Students with superior high school records or students with superior college records (GPA 3.5 or higher) are invited to apply to the University Honors Program. Prospective and current Loyola students should complete and submit the relevant application for review by the Director of the University Honors Program, Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, and the University Honors Advisory Board. In addition to Honors coursework, students must also maintain the minimum grade point average of 3.3 and make normal progress toward graduation.

University Honors Program Faculty & Staff

Honors Admissions Requirements

Honors Curriculum

Honors Core Requirements - 7 Credit Hours

Honors Core Section Course Number & Name Credit Hours
Honors First Year Interdisciplinary Humanites Seminar H121 Name varies by course 3 crs.
Ignatian Colloquium HONS-H193 1 cr.
Social Justice Seminar H396 Name varies by course 3 crs.
Honors Ethics H215 Name varies by course Checkoff*

Honors Seminar Requirements - minimum 12 Credit Hours

Students will select from a variety of courses that satisfy a specific Honors Seminar requirement. All Honors Seminar eligible courses are usually indicated by the number H295, though there are slight variations. It is imperative that a student meet with the UHP during advising period to determine what course will go toward what requirement.

Honors Seminar Section Credit Hours
Philosophy 3 crs.
Religious Studies 3 crs.
History 3 crs.
Literature 3 crs.
Creative Arts and Cultures 3 crs. **
Mathematics 0-3 crs. ***
Natural Science 0-3 crs. ***

* The Honors Ethics requirement may be satisfied with an ethics course in the major. If not, an H215 course must be used to fulfill at least one Honors Disciplinary Requirement.

** The Creative Arts and Cultures requirement may be satisified with either an H295 seminar or with credits in performance or practice-based arts courses (three credits in ballet or painting, for example). The latter option must be approved by the UHP prior to the student taking the course. 

*** Requirements for Mathematics and Natural Science may be fulfilled by an A-level course in the major or with approved AP credit. Students who are required to take A-level Mathematics and/or Natural Science courses in their major are not required to take an additonal Honors Seminar. 

Honors Requirements in the Major - 3 Credit Hours

Honors Requirements in the Major Course Number & Name Credit Hours
Thesis HONS H491 or Department equivalent 3 crs.

Depending on a student's major, the total number of credit hours for thesis work may vary. Please refer to the Honors Thesis/Senior Project page for detailed information on thesis requirement(s) by major.

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