|The mission of the University of Portland Honors Program is to enhance the intellectual life of the University community by mentoring high achieving and intrinsically motivated students to serve as public intellectuals at the University and beyond. The program fosters in these passionate and gifted students a love for the life of the mind and the desire to enrich their communities. Honors students may be enrolled in any major.
The curriculum fulfills a portion of the University core requirements for graduation. Freshmen take a one-week Colloquium before the fall semester. Honors students then take a first year course that fulfills one (and in some cases two) core requirement(s). In fall of the sophomore year students take an additional Core class. In the first two years honors students are also assigned a faculty mentor with whom they meet regularly and consult when working on reflective papers integrating their educational experiences with their personal development. The sophomore year culminates with a reflective retreat at which students develop personal statements. In the junior and senior years, the focus of the honors students is in their majors.
Each major has its own set of honors requirements, including an honors capstone project. Honors students also participate in two one-credit interdisciplinary reading and discussion courses. Additionally, honors students are supported and encouraged to take advantage of a number of special opportunities including, but not limited to, study abroad programs, internships, summer research opportunities, nationally competitive scholarships, service projects, various off-campus transformative experiences such as participation in conferences, and special projects.
View the most recent edition of the student newsletter here - Honors Program Newsletter, Spring 2014