Honors Program

Heidelberg believes that only through challenges can you become stronger. Our Life of the Mind Honors Program is a comprehensive approach to empowering you to explore your abilities and interests within a supportive community of your peers.

Through seminars, extra-curricular activities, and collaboration with faculty members on coursework and research, the program allows you to develop your knowledge and skills and explore multiple disciplines.

Program Highlights

Honors Program Introduction Course

Taught by the Honors Program Director, this seminar brings together all new students to learn about the program and prepare you for upcoming components of the program.

Four Honors Seminars

These are small, discussion based seminars that represent the four areas of the program: the Scholar, the Artist, the Scientist, and the Citizen. These seminars, along with the rest of the honors program, replace the general education requirements for honors students. 

Service Learning Project

Complete 40 hours of service learning at the site and activity of your choice.

Senior Honors Project

Work with a faculty member to develop a research project that gives you an opportunity to dig deeper into a subject of your interest.

Completion of your portfolio

Throughout your four years in the program, you will work with the director to compile and polish a portfolio of your work.

Student Benefits

Honors students:

  • have 24-hour access to the Bryenton Honors Center, which contains study spaces, a computer lab, and a kitchenette. 
  • receive priority class registration
  • can choose honors academic housing
  • are able to study abroad at Oxford University in England or the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
  • have increased flexibility to complete a second major

FAQs

Do I qualify for the program?

To qualify for the Heidelberg Honors Program, you must have been accepted into Heidelberg University, have a minimum 27 ACT (or 1260 SAT), a 3.5 GPA OR be ranked in the top 10% of your class.

Students who do not meet these criteria when entering Heidelberg may apply again to the Honors Program if they earn a 3.5 GPA during their first semester on campus.

Can I double major and still participate in the Honors Program?

Yes. The Honors Program is designed to fit with Heidelberg’s curriculum so you are not penalized by joining the program. On the contrary, our honors students tend to be the most involved on campus and frequently double-major, study abroad, and get involved in athletics, service, and clubs.

What are the seminars?

Honors seminars fall under one of four categories (the Scientist, the Artist, the Citizen, and the Scholar). They are interdisciplinary, student-driven courses that reflect both student and faculty interests. Examples seminars include Plagues in History, The Art of Stand-Up Comedy, Strategies in Negotiation, Harry Potter and the Scholarly Pursuit, Chemistry in Sports, and Women in Music.  

What recognition do Honors Program graduates receive?

All students who complete the Honors Program requirements receive an Honors Diploma and a transcript notation as proof of this accomplishment. Also, students will receive distinctive academic regalia to wear at commencement ceremonies.

Is there special housing for honors students?

Yes. Any student in the program has the option to sign up for a room in the honors community pod in Talmage Hall.

Can I study abroad and be an honors student?

Of course! We encourage all students to take advantage of Heidelberg’s study abroad programs and even offer a unique study abroad opportunity exclusively for honors students at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

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