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 programis to realize Senator Claiborne Pell’s vision of a liberal arts education as the key to informed citizenship. Through the Pell Honors Program, students develop their analytical and communication skills by entering into respectful but critical debates on topics such as politics, international affairs, human nature, ethics, religion, and society and culture.
The highly selective Pell Honors Program is open to students from all academic majors. Students who demonstrate strong potential for academic excellence, exhibiting both intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning, are identified during the University admissions process. These students are invited to apply for acceptance into the program. Current students who wish to apply to the program may do so at the end of the fall semester of their freshman year. The process starts by scheduling a meeting with the program director in November. To be eligible for admission into the program, students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above during their first semester and must submit an application packet that includes the completion of the Pell Honors admissions essay, a writing sample (in the form of a course paper from their first semester), and two letters of recommendation from full-time Salve Regina faculty. The application materials must be submitted to the program director by the fall semester’s last day of classes.
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, history and social science core courses, and Special Topics seminars;
- An experiential learning requirement in the form of an academic internship, a studyabroad experience, sponsored research with a faculty mentor, or professional fieldwork (nursing, education, and social work majors only);
- Participation in a variety of academic and co-curricular opportunities that may include workshops, lectures, reading groups, discussions, and field trips.
Pell Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average to remain in the program.
Pell Honors Program students in good standing (cumulative GPA 3.3 or higher) may request to waive fees for up to 9 overload credits by completing the Overload Approval Form.
Program and Course Listings
CoursesPell Honors Courses