Honors Program


The Honors Program at Philadelphia University provides fertile spaces for students to develop in the local and global intellectual marketplace. In alignment with the University value of integrative learning, the program facilitates partnerships with other academic and student development units to promote active inquiry, compelling discussion and transformative thinking.

Honors Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the honors program, students will be able to:

  • Conduct research worthy of graduate study or professional conference presentation.
  • Demonstrate competence in identifying the core and layers of an issue.
  • Articulate complex ideas across disciplines.
  • Interact with industry professionals.
  • Create opportunities for innovative strategies.
  • Use existing knowledge as a basis for deeper or broader inquiry.
  • Analyze personal and professional challenges and employ appropriate responses.
  • Evaluate issues from multiple sensitivities.
  • Recognize and assess the interdependence of economic, cultural and political issues.
  • Initiate thought leadership in courses and the campus community.
  • Participate in collaborations among diverse perspectives.

Honors Program Description

The Honors Program is a curriculum of seven courses / 22 credits targeting highly motivated undergraduate degree program students. Participants can expect to take honors sections of required courses in the College Studies core and can arrange special projects in the major for honors credit. More opportunities for honors credit include community service, conference presentation, independent study, study abroad and enrollment in a graduate course. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C+” in honors courses. Good standing requires maintenance of a 3.0 in honors coursework and an overall grade point average that denotes satisfactory progress toward earning the Honors Certificate.

In addition to completing the coursework, the program requires an overall grade point average of 3.40 to graduate Distinguished Honors Scholar. Distinguished Honors Scholars receive the Honors Certificate with University Seal, the Honors Medallion and Stole to be worn at commencement, along with earned Latin Honors cords. All work completed at the honors level as well as the Distinguished Honors Scholar and Latin Honors designation appear on the transcript.

A half-time director staffs the program. The director serves as an academic administrator and on the faculty in the College of Science, Health and Liberal Arts at the rank of Assistant Professor, a non-tenure track contract position. The director has earned degrees in American Studies, Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism. The program holds institutional membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council and Northeast Regional Honors Council.