Do you love to learn? Do you think creatively and outside of the box?
Our Mission: The Honors Program cultivates a community whose members embrace gaudium de veritate - joy from truth - and lead lives devoted to learning. Rooted in the Ignatian Tradition, Honors Program graduates lead and serve in the world by sharing their intellectual gifts and love for learning with others.
Honors Program courses differ from non-honors courses - they are designed to provide more engaging and challenging work, are more discussion-based, and tend to be smaller in size.
Typically, incoming Honors students have earned an A or A- average in a strong college preparatory curriculum, have scores of 650 on subcomponents of the old SAT or 29 on subcomponents of the ACT, and have demonstrated strong writing skills and engagement in cultural and service activities.
- Students complete 25 credits of honors-designated coursework.
- 22 of those credits fulfill University core requirements.
- 3 credits include honors-specific courses: Explorations in Research (1-credit) and Directed Readings (2-credits).
The Honors Pathway
- Students pursue (self-selected) learning experiences outside of the classroom that demonstrate excellence in both engaged learning and depth of scholarship.
Each year, up to 65 first-year students are selected to be in the Honors Program.
Leadership Scholars Program
Are you interested in building your leadership capacity and helping to build the leadership capacity of those around you?
Are you interested in developing as a leader that seeks to become an agent for meaningful change with or without a formal title?
While some students might have held formal leadership positions in high school, this program is designed for students who are interested in further developing their leadership knowledge and skills by applying what they have learned from past experiences to solving problems both on the JCU campus and beyond.
- You will complete the Leadership Development Minor.
- You will complete a Leadership Formation Program, meet with a Leadership Coach, serve as a Streak Week Assistance Team leader for incoming students, and assist with planning a leadership conference for high school students.
Each year, up to 30 first-year students are selected to be Leadership Scholars.
Social Innovation Fellows Program
Are you dedicated to becoming a social innovator and entrepreneur?
The Social Innovation Fellows Program will help you develop the skills to identify opportunities for innovation in the marketplace and design and execute solutions for sustainable social change.
- You will complete the Entrepreneurship Minor .
- Social Innovation Fellows courses include: Introduction to the Social Innovation Fellows Program, Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking, Launching the Social Innovation Venture, and Promoting the Social Innovation Venture.
- You’ll engage in a variety of events and experiences including challenges, skills workshops, retreats, and more.
Each year, five first-year students are selected to be Social Innovation Fellows.