Director: William P. Leeman, Ph.D.
The Pell Honors program promotes the University’s Mission of preparing students to serve the community, to seek peace and justice in the world, and to be responsible citizens at the local, national, and international levels.
The aim of the Pell Honors program, therefore, is to realize Senator Claiborne Pell’s vision of education as the key to informed citizenship. One of the best ways to attain a liberal education - an education fit for a free individual and self-government - is through a serious study of the great ideas that have shaped human thought and history. Students pursue a challenging course of study comprised of courses mostly centered around significant texts and original sources.
The Pell Honors program is highly selective, but is open to students in any academic discipline. Students who demonstrate the strong potential for academic excellence, exhibiting both intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning, are identified during the admissions process. These students are invited to apply for acceptance into the program.
The honors program extends through the traditional four years of baccalaureate study but can be completed in three years. The program consists of the following main components:
- Specially-designed honors sections of the University seminars, core courses and Special Topics seminars;
- A study-abroad experience or a junior or senior-level internship ;
- Participation in a variety of academic opportunities that may include workshops, lectures, field trips, reading groups and discussions.
Pell Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average to remain in the program.
Program and Course Listings
CoursesPell Honors Courses