Pursue advanced study and research options for credit
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all honors program. Rather, your best learning is achieved when you chase your academic curiosity to engage multiple points of thoughtful experiences that truly complement your unique goals. To that end, our suite of honors programs—including the prestigious four-year Gordon Global Honors as well as Departmental Honors, the Kenneth L. Pike Honors Program, and the Jerusalem and Athens Forum—offer advanced study and research opportunities for ambitious students. Each program values analysis and imagination, compelling communication and ethical discernment, all within the context of a community that shares your quest for knowledge and understanding.
Dive deeper into your major through Departmental Honors, an option in 20 areas of study. Pursuing honors in your major may include significant concentrated research or field experience during your junior year, culminating in a presentation for a panel of faculty and peers in your department during your senior year. Learn more by viewing your academic department’s catalog description or contacting the Department Chair.
Students typically pursue this option in their junior and senior year.
Design your own creative, rigorous program to meet your unique academic and career goals. Draw from courses in different departments to create an interdisciplinary contract major, or add your own unique concentration or contract minor to an existing major. You can also integrate off-campus coursework from your study abroad program or another college. You’ll work closely with your academic advisor to develop your program and stay on track. Learn more.
Students typically begin this program in their sophomore year.
Within a small cohort, you’ll explore classic texts from antiquity to the present, focusing on their implications for present-day living, learning and leadership. This one-year great books honors program will challenge you to ask questions about vocation, engage in local cultural activities, publicly debate an issue of pressing moral concern, and regularly interact with Gordon's faculty and guest speakers. Learn more.
Students typically complete this program in their sophomore, junior or senior year.