Honors Program

Bloomsburg University's Honors Program provides unique educational opportunities and experiences for academically talented students. The program challenges students to aspire to high academic standards and to achieve more professionally and personally.

Students engage in various service activities that foster cooperation and altruism. Students conduct independent research in your major, become part of a community of ambitious scholars, have opportunities to explore the world, and more.

» Work in your field on individual research — Choose a research topic within your field of study and, with the help of a dedicated faculty mentor, complete a written thesis and presentation to the Honors community. This independent study project allows every Honors student the opportunity to present their research at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council, attended by students and faculty of Honors Programs across the country. Your hard work and presentation skills at this event show your dedication, commitment, and skill within your field, and your ability to work independently.

» Get involved in the local community — Become involved in BU and community service projects, and make a difference with groups like the Bloomsburg Fire Department, Relay for Life, TreeFest, Balanced Care, and Habitat for Humanity. These projects enrich the community, provide a great sense of satisfaction, and help you discover other talents and skills.

» Enjoy smaller classes — Smaller classes allow you to receive more attention from your professors and cover topics in greater depth and breadth. Build professional and personal relationships with your teachers so that you can create a strong network of academic references and contacts for the future.

Honors Program

  Julie Vandivere, Ph.D. | jvandive@bloomu.edu

Office Manager
  Ashley Bilinski | abilinsk@bloomu.edu

Honors Office
B11 Luzerne Hall


» Get settled early on campus — Move onto campus a day early and be welcomed by current Honors students. The Move-In Crew will help you ease into your dorm and get acclimated to campus, Bloomsburg, and the surrounding areas. Making immediate connections with experienced Honors students gives you an honest, inside perspective on classes, campus life, and prospective jobs after college.

» Travel! — The Honors Program offers several trips for students every year. Honors students visit exciting places from other states to other countries. Expand your worldview and learn about other cultures. The Bloomsburg Honors Program plans annual trips to New York City in the fall and Washington D.C. in the spring. We are also trying to establish an annual service trip to Jamaica.


Honors Independent Study

Honors project introduces anthropology to children

A new anthropology program with an archaeology twist brought to Camp Victory this summer as part of its Nature Center activities, courtesy of this Husky’s honors research. Summer intern Anne Snyder — a triple major in anthropology, French and psychology — created a curriculum in conjunction with Susan Dauria, professor of anthropology, to teach children about local Native American Culture, history and archaeology. The new curriculum was utilized as part of Camp Victory’s Nature Center activities.

The summer experience served as both Snyder’s honors project and a research practicum she needs as part of her anthropology major (research track). She is a double major with anthropology and psychology. The creation of this curriculum is part of a move of Dauria’s archaeology summer camp program (that began in 2010 with Quest), to Camp Victory.