Andrew LaZella and Jill A. Warker Co-Directors
The University Honors Program supports The University of Scranton’s tradition of excellence and its dedication to freedom of inquiry and personal development. It challenges outstanding students with a rigorous education that stresses independent work and intense engagement with faculty and other University Honors Program students both in and out of the classroom. The individualized attention and freedom to explore provided by the program aim to increase students’ intellectual skills, self-reliance and personal accountability.
The University Honors Program curriculum conforms with and enriches existing University course requirements. It also supports students as they move into increasingly sophisticated work. Discussion-based Honors courses, which vary from year to year, satisfy general education requirements. Honors tutorials both in and out of a student’s major engage students with texts on an individually directed basis. The junior seminar provides opportunities for students to lead and participate in discussions of articles on a wide range of contemporary issues. A student’s work in the University Honors Program culminates in a year-long senior project. The student may propose either a research or a creative project for this significant piece of independent work. Students present the plans for this project to their peers in a senior seminar and defend the completed project before their mentor and two other faculty members. The final version of the project is catalogued in the Weinberg Library.
University Honors Program students must take one Honors Keystone course, three tutorials, and three one-credit seminars; they must also complete a year-long, 6-credit project. The Honors Keystone course counts toward general education requirements. Honors tutorials can count toward major, minor, or cognate requirements. One of the tutorials must be in the student’s major and one must be outside of the major or in a student’s second major. Those who participate in three or more programs of excellence (e.g., University Honors, SJLA, Magis, Business Honors, or Business Leadership Program) or who spend a full year abroad have the option of completing only two tutorials, one in the student’s major and one out of the major or in a second major.
University Honors Program students may take between 12 and 21 credits at the flat rate.
Admission to the University Honors Program
Applications are accepted every fall from those students who have at least 18 hours of college credit and who expect to graduate after three more years of work at the University. Applicants must have at least a 3.3 GPA; a minimum of a 3.5 GPA (cum laude) is required for graduation in the program. The number of spaces in the program is limited, and admission deliberations take into consideration the applicant’s college records, application, recommendations, and interviews. For further information contact Drs. Andrew LaZella and Jill Warker, Co-Directors of the University Honors Program.