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Honors Program

A Cohort of Elite Academics

Talented and motivated students have a unique educational experience in the Honors Program that integrates curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning in both interdisciplinary study and the student's major. Honors courses are stimulating and challenging, and feature close faculty-student interaction within small classes.

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Acceptance Requirements

Inclusion into the Honors Program at Mount St. Mary's University is offered to academically gifted incoming students and to talented students who apply to the program after their first year of study. Eligible students who have been accepted to the university will receive an invitation to apply to the University Honors Program in their acceptance package.

3.5 Minimum GPA
25 Minimum ACT
1150 minimum SAT score (reading & math)

Honors Program Curriculum

Students take a series of courses featuring close faculty-student interaction in small class settings. The honors sequence culminates in an intensive research project in the major during senior year. Students present the results of their work shortly before graduation at the annual SPARC (Scholarship, Performance, Art, Research and Creativity) Festival.

First Year Fall First Year Spring Second Year Fall Second Year Spring Third Year Fall Third Year Spring Fourth Year Fall Fourth Year Spring
Honors First Year Symposium Honors Foundations of Philosophy Honors Philosophy in the Modern Age Honors Belief in Today's World Honors Encountering Christ Senior Honors Project (first semester) Senior Honors Project (second semester)
Honors Skills Course Honors Origins of the West Honors Western Imagination Honors America in the World

Exclusive Opportunities

As an Honors student you'll have access to distinct opportunities designed to enhance the cohort learning model, and to help you become the best version of yourself.

  • Founder's Scholarship

    Founder's Scholarship — This competitive full-ride scholarship is awarded to two incoming freshman who perform superbly during an on-campus written exam in late January or early February, and a personal interview for finalists in early March.

  • The Honors ILLC

    The Honors Integrated Living Learning Community (ILLC) is a cohort of Honors Program students living and learning in the same residence hall together. Late night study sessions and travel excursion planning with your honors classmates is much more fun when you share a hall.

  • George Henry Miles Honors Society

    George Henry Miles Honors Society (GHM) — This student led co-curricular society promotes an atmosphere of collegiality among its members through a series of socials, dinners, lectures and field trips. The GHM Society also sponsors university and local community service programs.

  • Undergraduate Research

    Every Honors student's experience culminates with a senior research/thesis project that takes roughly 18 to 20 months to formulate and thoroughly develop. Working closely with faculty this interdisciplinary research project has the opportunity to be presented at conferences and serves as a powerful transition to graduate school or to a profession.

  • Honors Awards

    Presented at the Mount's annual Academic Awards Convocation, these exclusive prizes celebrate outstanding scholarly research and contributions in academics, service and leadership by honor students. They also come with a $500-$1,000 prize.

Internships

One of the best ways to flesh out your résumé is to complete an internship. The Honors Office wants to help and has crated a list of internship opportunities just for you.

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