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​The Honors Program offers an alternative to the Liberal Studies Program for well-prepared, highly motivated students who apply and are accepted to the program. Like the Liberal Studies Program, the Honors Program seeks to widen students’ perspectives beyond their academic majors and encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and an examination of values. In addition, the Honors Program fosters active, participatory learning; promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies; requires students to develop facility in a second language and to pursue independent research; helps students see themselves as members of larger communities in which they can be leaders; and assists interested students to prepare for post-graduate education. In order to meet these goals, the program offers small classes designed for Honors students, organized in a seminar format and taught by faculty committed to the program’s goals; emphasizes cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives in all core courses; advances students’ skills in writing, research, reading and analysis; requires  intensive language training; encourages self-directed learning through a third-year research course and the fourth-year seminar or thesis; offers lecture and film series, field trips, and opportunities for public service; and provides information and advising to assist with academic planning.

Some students are invited to apply to the Honors Program upon their admission to DePaul. Invitations to apply are issued on the basis of a student’s academic and co-curricular profile. Students are also welcome to initiate their own Honors application. In some cases, continuing DePaul students and transfer students may be considered for the Honors Program through the first quarter of their sophomore year. Students who successfully complete the Honors curriculum will have the designation “Honors Program Graduate” on their official transcript.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge creatively to solve problems and explain issues, demonstrating complex intellectual and creative skills. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world.
  • Reason with formal representations and draw conclusions from those representations.
  • Analyze a variety of texts, whether spoken, written, or graphic.
  • Demonstrate an intellectual grasp of the diversity of the human experience and the importance of accepting personal responsibility for themselves and others, while identifying opportunities for social transformation.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to do independent research on complex problems and present their work to faculty and peers.
  • State and support a claim in a significant piece of formal writing.
  • Make connections between and among Honors courses and to explain the value and utility of liberal education.