The Honors Program at Christian Brothers University is designed to serve the capacities and needs of students with proven academic abilities who seek a more intensive and challenging educational experience! Each semester students accepted into the Honors Program take at least one special-topics course offered only to a limited number of Honors students by an instructor carefully chosen for his or her teaching expertise.
Honors courses explore important topics in depth, often through a multi-disciplinary approach, and while the pace and the workload will demand self-motivated students, the small size of each Honors class insures ample group discussion and individual interaction with the instructor. Besides taking honors classes, members of the Honors Program participate in various extra-curricular activities, including outings to cultural events and regional honors conferences.
- Smaller class size (most Honors classes have fewer than 15 students)
- Classes which emphasize student participation and discussion
- Participation in regional conferences
- Opportunity to meet and talk with scholars and professionals in a variety of disciplines
- Use of Honors classroom and lounge
- Field trips and cultural activities
- "Honors" designation on the diploma
Honors Diploma Requirements
In order to graduate with an "Honors" designation on the diploma, you must take at least seven Honors courses, including Honors Capstone, have atleast a 3.2 cumulative GPA at graduation, and be an active member of the Honors Program (as demonstrated by meeting a required number of “opportunities”). If you take at least two Honors courses and pass with a grade of "C" or better while maintain active status in the Honors Program, you will be listed as Honors Program student in the commencement bulletin.
Who is eligible to join?
If you are able to demonstrate a high level of academic ability and motivation, we encourage you to apply. The selection process weighs several factors, including ACT/SAT scores (ACT or equivalent of 26 or above), high school GPA (3.0 or above), extracurricular involvement, and demonstration of writing ability. If you are currently enrolled at CBU but are not a member of the Honors Program, we encourage you to apply if you meet the above requirements or feel that you have other academic qualifications that make you eligible.
How can I apply?
Simply complete the application form. If you have any additional questions, contact the Honors Program Director, Dr.Tracie Burke, by phone (901) 321-3357 or email. There is no hard deadline, but we encourage you to apply by April 1 for fall admission.
Honors Program Living Learning Community
Now there is a new residential Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) at CBU. Want to live with other Honors freshman and upperclassmen in a community designed just for you? Learn more!