Honors Programs come in all shapes and sizes. Trinity has adopted a model for an Honors Program that is intended to enhance the depth of your liberal arts learning. This means you will do honors work in the areas of your disciplinary major, general education, and special interdisciplinary classes, while still fulfilling the regular Trinity requirements.
Honors students are able to register for classes with more rigorous academics, as well as specialized classes in their major. Incoming top students may also be invited to compete for the Kantzer/Ruud Scholarships at our Presidential Scholars Weekend, which are awarded for academic merit and include several $20,000 and $17,000 scholarships, provided they have first applied and been accepted into the Honors Program.
The Honors Program at Trinity College is designed to provide enriching and exciting education opportunities to interested and qualified students. Our honors classes specify limited enrollment to committed students and many of these classes are team-taught by professors from a variety of disciplines. Students in the program are guaranteed interactions with professors, resources for qualified research projects, and competitive study abroad opportunities, including the Oxford Scholars program.
As part of the program, students are involved in research projects that can pave the way for future graduate studies. Our students have presented at a number of off-campus venues, including the Student Symposium of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, and have had the opportunity to work on population genetics studies in the Molecular Ecology Lab of the Chicago Botanic Garden and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Graduates of the Honors Program have gone on to pursue future studies at the Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University, and Harvard Medical School, among other institutions.
An important goal of the honors program is to foster a stimulating and supportive community of scholars. We sponsor many social and intellectual events including the Fall Welcome Retreat, as well as trips into Chicago and Wisconsin to explore museums, plays, concerts, and even the Lyric Opera.
Additional benefits of enrollment in the Honors Program at Trinity include:
The Honors Program is open to students of any major. Students may be directly invited into the program by the director. Alternatively, students may submit an application to the program (beyond the standard application for admission to Trinity). To enter the program, eligibility requirements are:
To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.3 Trinity GPA. Honors scholarship students must maintain a 3.5 Trinity GPA.
Note: Students not intending to complete the Honors Program are welcome to take individual honors courses if they have a cumulative 3.30 Trinity GPA and the consent of the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Joshua Held ([email protected]).
To complete the Honors Program, students must earn an A or B in eight honors courses:
For transfer students entering Trinity with more than 60 credit hours, the Honors Program requirements are reduced to six honors courses. These must include one upper-level interdisciplinary honors seminar, two upper-level honors courses in your major, and the senior honors project.
Here at Trinity we have a general education program that engages students in many different fields of learning. Our desire is to introduce students to the breadth of liberal arts learning, and to provide the foundations (biblical, conceptual, and contextual) for all subsequent education, and for learning across the lifespan.
The full list of requirements, along with their stated goals, can be found in the Trinity College Academic Catalog.
Education majors should see alternate general education requirements located in the Division of Education section of the catalog.
We think so. Trinity students in the Honors Program have gone on to do amazing things at law schools like Duke and Northwestern; medical schools like the Mayo Clinic, Penn, and Nebraska; PhD programs at Notre Dame and USC; and seminaries like TEDS. Honors students have the unique opportunity of applying to the incredibly selective Scholar’s Semester at Oxford University.