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Honors Program

Honors Program
    Honors Student Rachel Holder proudly stands in front of the Capitol Building after a full day on-the-job at The Family Place.

If you are a motivated student interested in maximizing your academic experience and working at an advanced level, we encourage you to apply to our honors program. You can participate regardless of your major. As a gifted student, you will be challenged in your honors courses to improve your critical thinking skills, research methods and ability to argue a claim persuasively. You will have the chance to deepen, broaden and enhance your college experience so that you emerge as a servant leader on our campus and beyond. This enriching experience will also prepare you well for graduate school.

Honors Program Outcomes:
As a graduate with honors, you will have developed the following competencies and traits:

  • Deep intellectual curiosity about important issues
  • Distinguished writing, speaking, and visual communication skills
  • Complex, creative problem-solving
  • Lasting commitment to serve the common good

Upon completion of the Honors Program requirements, the words "With Honors" are added to your diploma.

Honors Program Curriculum Overview:
Year 1: Honors Seminar that is exploratory, interdisciplinary and writing-intensive
Year 2-3: At least two Honors Learning Community courses, designed to explore a topic from multiple angles
Ongoing: MyChoice Contract, offering honors credit for courses in your major
Year 4: Honors-only Learning Community capstone course, including a presentation of your honors project
Get more details on our curriculum.

Admission to the Honors Program:

If you have been admitted to Queens, you may apply for the honors program, no matter your major of interest. To apply you must login to your application portal. Selection is competitive and based on both demonstrated academic ability and evidence of intellectual curiosity. All applications are due by June 1st. 

If you are a current Queens student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 after any semester, including the first, you may apply for acceptance into the honors program. You will need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for courses taken at Queens. If you have an "incomplete," you are unfortunately ineligible to participate in the honors program unless your advisor and the honors director grant you special permission.  

If you'd like more information on the honors program, please email Dr. Greg Pillar, associate professor of environmental science. 

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