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Honors Program

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Assistant Professor Michael Horwitz


The Hillyer Honors program is specifically designed for our students with high academic achievements.

You will attend seminars, participate in faculty research, go on educational trips, pursue independent projects, and showcase your work to the public.

"I never would have imagined being an honors student if it wasn’t for the resources and tools that Hillyer provided me. It was easy to make connections with professors and I was inspired to go to class, do my homework, and be involved in the discussion.”

Jacob Lamoureux, A’19, ’21, Communication

Life as a Hillyer Honors Student

Who Qualifies?

  • First-year students who have completed at least 15 credits in the fall semester and maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher can qualify for our spring humanities honors seminar.
  • Second-year students who have completed at least 30 credits and maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher by the beginning of the second year can qualify for our fall science honors seminar. (These second-year students also may take one honors course in the College of Arts and Sciences or one course in Hillyer for Contract Honors.)
  • Second-year students who maintain an overall GPA of 3.15 or higher by the beginning of sophomore year are eligible to travel to Hawaii for our Winterterm experience.

What are Hillyer Honors Seminars?

The topics of our three core Hillyer Honors seminars are always changing, to keep our honors students engaged and our approach contemporary. Students who meet the GPA criteria and who have maintained academic integrity in all of their classes will be invited to take the following courses:

  • Humanities Honors Seminar
  • Science Honors Seminar
  • Honors Experience: Polynesian Art and Culture

What are the Graduation Requirements?

  • Finish 9 or more credits of graded honors courses with a grade of B or better
  • Earn 6 of the 9 credits in honors courses: HONB110, HONB200, HONB210, or one honors course offered by another college on campus
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • You may earn up to three credits by completing an honors contract in a non-honors course

Hillyer Honors in Hawaii

Spend Winterterm in Hawaii! Second-year Hillyer Honors students travel to the islands to study Polynesian art, culture, and history. Lectures and field trips cover the history of Hawaii, as well as the expressive culture, and dynamics of religion, ethnicity, and race in contemporary Hawaiian society.