Academic Curiosity Encouraged

The Honors Program is available to self-motivated, conscientious Regis College students who wish to complete an alternate pathway through the core curriculum and be distinguished as an honors graduate.

Who are Honors Students?

Honors students form a vibrant community of young scholars who are committed to making the most out of their time at college. They’re natural leaders across the campus community. They tend to thrive on challenges and they enjoy working together to realize their full intellectual potential. What’s more, honors students are eager to integrate their intellectual lives into their personal, community and world experiences.

How is the Honors program different from other academic programs?

Honors Program students enjoy an integrated sequence of seminars designed especially for them by faculty from across the college. This team-taught curriculum stresses interdisciplinary study, small group interaction, and individual student initiative. We also offer a variety of "honors-only" sections of standard core courses which invite students to explore material in greater breadth or depth, probing connections within and among disciplines. By taking an alternative pathway through the standard core, the Honors Program provides an exciting way to integrate the broader education of a liberal arts college.

How can I become an honors graduate?

The Honors Program is competitive and normally limited to 40 students per year. To be distinguished as an honors graduate, a student must maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, complete at least 27 hours of dedicated honors courses and produce a senior thesis or portfolio project.

Learn more about Honors Program alumni and the positive ways they are impacting their communities.

Questions?

For questions or more information about the Honors Program, please contact Dr. Tom Howe or Connie Gates.

 Download Honors Application

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Honors Seminars

In the honors curriculum, there is a five-course sequence that replaces the first-year writing course and the Integrative Core requirements. Each seminar is organized under a broad theme that invites interdisciplinary conversation from at least three perspectives, and thus is taught by faculty members from different disciplines. Each seminar takes its charter from the University Mission Statement and the Core Philosophy Statement, drawing course objectives and a potential reading list from the synergy between these grounding documents. Each of these courses is thematically oriented and historically recursive.

Below is a list and description of the available honor specific courses. Courses may change on a semester basis and we encourage you to contact the Office of Academic Records and Registration to the most updated list.

RCC 200H, Honors Writing Seminar: The Idea of a University: Balancing Heart and Mind

Examines the balance between heart and mind, the timeless struggle between reason and emotion, situating the conversation within an ongoing dialog on the nature of education and a university's role in fostering it.

RCC 300H, Honors Seminar: Tradition and Innovation: The Human Story

Taken during the spring of your freshman year, this course draws upon the intellectual tradition commonly called the humanities -- an interdisciplinary blend of literature, art/music history, philosophy, history, film, and so on -- as it investigates the play between tradition and innovation in the human story.

RCC 410H, Honors Seminar: Chaos and Order: The Sciences of Understanding

Taken during the spring of your sophomore year, this course invites students to consider the human person in relation to both society and the natural world. Uses a historically recursive approach to investigate the scientific method and induction as modes of understanding our world.

RCC 420H, Honors Seminar: Justice for All: Reflections on the Common Good

Taken during the spring of your junior year, this course examines the implications of "justice for all" in a global context. The course examines historical and contemporary notions of peace and justice as it addresses these vital issues.

RCC 430H, Honors Seminar: Magis and the Search for Meaning

Taken during the fall of your senior year, this course returns to the central question of the Regis mission "How ought we to live?" Building upon the interdisciplinary efforts of all previous honors seminars, this capstone seminar promotes communal and critical reflection on the ways in which a Jesuit, liberal arts and honors education informs individual responses to this vital question.

HO 493A and HO 493B, Honors Thesis Research Seminars

These courses focus on the application of research methodology appropriate to the student’s thesis topic.

HO 499, Honors Thesis

Students prepare the honors thesis produced in HO 493A and B for presentation in a defense or symposium.

Core Replacements

All departments have an opportunity to teach an honors section of their core courses. In a typical semester, students have a handful of potential courses to choose between, thereby allowing honors students to enroll in courses of particular interest them that are compatible with their schedule. Each of these honors offerings meets certain protocols — such as expectations for greater depth or student involvement — and is approved by the Honors Advisory Committee. These sections are open primarily to honors students, however instructors have the option to grant permission to students from their major to join the seminar. Honors students must enroll in at least four dedicated honors courses in addition to the five Core seminars, although many students opt for more.

Applying to the Program

Only 40 students are admitted into the Honors Program each year. Senior high school students who are accepted by Regis University and apply by April 1 preceding their first semester at Regis will be given primary consideration for the program.

Students wishing to apply should download an Honors Program application and email it by April 1 to Connie Gates, Dr. Thomas Bowie or Dr. Tom Howe. Beginning in mid-April, the Honors Program will invite the most qualified applicants into the program until the freshman positions are filled.

Download the Honors Program application

Most applicants who are invited into the program qualify for a Board of Trustees scholarship, which is awarded through the Admissions Office at acceptance by Regis University. Students who also wish to be considered for honors scholarships ($5,000 per year) should submit their application to the Honors Program by April 1.

Honors Scholarship

Basis
Entering first-year student with an exceptional high school record (GPA, ACT or SAT composite scores, leadership, extracurricular, service activities and compelling honors application). Full-time enrollment.

Annual Amount
$5000 annually; award may be stacked with other university merit awards up to, but not exceeding, tuition. Automatic renewal for up to four years, providing recipient maintains good standing in Regis College Honors Program.

Honorable News

Read our latest newsletter to learn more about what's happening in the Regis College Honors Program.

Senior Thesis

The Senior Thesis is an in-depth, comprehensive study completed by honor students on a subject of their choice. You can learn more about the various steps of the thesis process and the many topics covered during the research seminars by reading the Senior Thesis Handbook.

What Honors Students Are Up To

Read a Regis University Signature Story about the Honors Program community and the events that typically take place within it.

Read "With-Honors"

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Each year, Regis University faculty give brief, 60-second lectures to the student body on a topic chosen in advance. In the fall of 2011, five Regis University faculty members addressed the question, "What is the greatest challenge of our time?"

60-Second Lecture Series