On a trip to New York City, Bloomsburg University Honors students laugh with their peers from John Jay College of Criminal Justice as they discuss an assigned reading.

Rigorous, Interdisciplinary, Student-Driven,
Honors Academics

At the heart of the Honors College is an interdisciplinary, experiential, academic curriculum that offers you:

  • small, discussion-based, honors classes
  • independent, student-driven, capstone projects with dedicated faculty mentors
  • intense, one-on-one engagement with faculty and peers
  • ongoing, individualized attention
  • and the freedom to explore ideas and opportunities across disciplines and around the globe.

Honors College Academic Requirements

Five Honors courses that will prepare you for active, interdisciplinary learning

As an Honors student, you'll be required to complete five Honors courses for 15 credits. Offered across a variety of core disciplines, these seminar-style, discussion-based classes will jumpstart your undergraduate experience as you learn to explore ideas in and outside of your chosen field and personal experience.

You'll be asked to think critically and creatively, collaborate across difference, and participate in co-curricular activities that will take you out of the classroom and into the lab, museum, archeological site, you name it! These courses will count toward your General Education requirements, and, if you're like many Honors students, you'll complete them by the end of your sophomore year.

A capstone project that you can show potential employers and graduate school admissions

At the beginning of your junior year (or even sometimes in the second semester of your sophomore year), you'll begin your required Honors capstone project. Under the guidance of an Honors faculty member, you'll craft a proposal for a substantive project of your choosing that you will complete over the course of three semesters.

You may decide to do a traditional, academic research project, finding scholarly articles, drawing conclusions, and writing a paper you may then present at a professional conference and/or submit to an academic journal. Or, you may choose a creative project, such as writing and illustrating a graphic novel, producing an independent film, or developing an online app.

No matter what your choice, you'll be paired with a faculty mentor who will guide and challenge you until you have a well-developed, final project you can use to impress potential employers or graduate school admissions representatives.

A commitment to civic engagement that will help you hone your skills and keep you connected

Finally, we'll ask you to get involved in civic engagement every semester. You may mix and match what you choose to do, but, preferably, you'll commit to a long-term project. Maybe you'll tutor high school students or work as an EMT or volunteer with a therapeutic horse riding service. As time goes on and your commitment grows deeper, you'll gain skill-building experience, make valuable connections, and see how your work can have impact not only on those you help but on who you are and who you want to be.


Top photo: On a trip to New York City, Bloomsburg University Honors students laugh with their peers from John Jay College of Criminal Justice as they discuss an assigned reading.


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A Bloomsburg Honors student poses at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference where she presented her research.

Every year, Bloomsburg University Honors students travel to the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference to present their research.