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Honors Program

Honors: A Mark of Distinction

This distinction on your academic record is an ideal way to show graduate schools and potential employers that you are a person who takes the extra step to learn and to excel. You will be regarded as a motivated individual who sought and accomplished a long-term challenge, and who graduated with distinction.


Honors students generally take one Honors course each semester for their first three years and work on their Honors project during their senior year.

Because of strict requirements in their schedules, students in the Pre-pharmacy, Pre-Engineering, and Pre-physician Assistant Programs are not eligible for Honors Program consideration. Transfer students and second semester Arts and Sciences students should contact the Honors Program as early as possible to express their interest in joining. Their admission will be based on their transcript, an essay, and available space. 

An Invitation to Excel

Students who have met the GPA and SAT and/or ACT recommendation will automatically be invited to apply to the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Students who do not meet these criteria but still strongly wish to be considered for acceptance into the Program are also encouraged to apply. In some cases, the Honors Admissions Committee may wish to interview applicants. Admission decisions will be made by the Honors Admissions Committee before and during the Summer Orientation and Registration Program (SOAR).

Find Your People

Incoming freshmen, who have been invited to be members of the Colleges’ Honors Programs, have to opportunity to make the most of the program by living in special honors housing in the innovative (and popular) LaRiviere Living and Learning Center.

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Challenge Yourself

Honors students are required to take six Honors (HON) courses. HON 495 (see below) can count as one of the six courses if it is taken for at least 3 credits. Most Honors courses are discussion-based seminars, with a small class size. All Honors courses are designed to fulfill specific Western New England University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

Step Up

New Honors students automatically become members of the Honors Student Union, and as such play an active role in the governance of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, helping to plan future course offerings and Program spending. Students are encouraged to pursue leadership positions in the Program’s three administrative areas: curriculum, admissions, and activities.

In-depth Research

Each College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program senior works closely with a faculty advisor to develop a final project. Students have virtually complete freedom in their choice of topic, but most opt for a topic within their majors. Interdisciplinary topics are entirely acceptable. This project is worth at least 3 semester-hours of credit, and will normally take the form of an independent study (HON 495). Students who are already required to do a senior project for their major may, with approval, submit this as their Honors project instead. All Honors projects must be approved and evaluated by the Honors Curriculum Committee.