Course Catalog 2019-2020

Honors Program


The Honors Program at Rochester University provides intellectually curious students with unique preparation for a lifetime of Christian leadership and achievement in professional, academic, and social arenas. The Honors Program encourages students to cultivate all of their God-given talents and is compatible with all of Rochester University’s degree programs and extracurricular opportunities. In addition, the Honors Council, composed of students and advised by the director of the Honors Program, provides student leadership of the Honors Program, plans extracurricular activities, and supplies input regarding the academic curriculum.

Academic Opportunities

Honors courses bring Rochester University’s most academically gifted students together in one classroom, offering a dynamic learning environment that is characterized by interdisciplinary learning, low student-teacher ratios, and stimulating class discussions.

Many honors courses satisfy general education requirements; additionally, honors students pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies can pursue a concentration in Leadership.

Honors credit can be earned in two ways: courses that are offered through the Honors Program (course titles begin with “HON”), and honors contracts work. These courses can be taken as part of any degree program at Rochester University, or they can be taken in pursuit of the honors Interdisciplinary Studies concentration.

Courses that begin with HON can be taken to fulfill a range of general education requirements. Courses developed exclusively for the honors program include HON 2013 Communication and Critical Thinking, HON 2113 The American Experience, HON 2213 Global Citizenship, HON 2314 Science as a Human Enterprise, HON 3113 The American Experience: Advanced Studies, and HON 3213 Global Citizenship: Advanced Studies. While most general education courses offer an overview of a specific discipline, these courses complement the breadth of knowledge by offering an in-depth, interdisciplinary, and thematic approach. HON courses meet and exceed the general education learning objectives through interdisciplinary approaches.

Rochester University also offers honors versions of courses offered by other departments. Honors students are encouraged to register for the honors version of the following: HON 1102/REL 1002 Introduction to the Christian Faith, HON 1113/REL 1013 Survey of Biblical Literature, HON 2023/SEN 2013 Corporate Responsibility and Social Responsibility, HON 2033/THL 2013 Spiritual Formation, and HON 3653/LDR 3653 Strategic Leadership Theory and Practice.

Honors contracts allow students to earn honors credit in regular upper-division courses and can be pursued by students who have completed 12 hours of honors coursework and have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. Honors students are responsible for initiating honors contracts with their professors and are encouraged to pursue honors contracts within their majors. Benefits of honors contracts include the opportunity for students to form a closer association with a faculty member, investigate topics of interest at a deeper level, and receive guided, practical preparation for graduate school and professional work. Students wishing to pursue an honors contract must fill out an application, available at

Honors students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 or higher to enroll in any honors course.