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Honors Program

About the Program

ReseearchThe Honors Program offers a broad liberal education rooted in the arts and sciences. Just as important, it supports in-depth study in the major. Honors students are able to meet roughly half of the university's undergraduate requirements in small, discussion-based courses taught by top faculty from throughout the University.

The program acts as a clearinghouse for research, internship and service opportunities. It also provides funding for the thesis work or culminating projects necessary for graduation with distinction in the major.

The social side of the Honors Program includes a variety of events and cultural activities, a student-run book group and a club, the Voltaire Society, where students can release their inner nerd through a mix of high- and low-brow fun.

Many of our courses are held in our seminar room in the Mary Reed Building. Next door, our student lounge, known as “the Cave,” has a computer, coffee and comfy couches for visiting between or after classes. 

The Honors Program launches students’ undergraduate careers with a sequence of small, discussion-based courses that connect them to the tradition of liberal studies and to each other. In these lively courses, students get to know their instructors and their classmates. They enjoy individual attention and support while exploring issues that interest them. At the same time, they satisfy most of the university’s undergraduate requirements.


In their junior and senior years, Honors students reconnect in weekly seminars where they discuss a particular topic and share perspectives shaped by their work in their majors.

Integrating the strengths of DU’s traditional undergraduate divisions with our professional schools, the Honors Program gets high marks for the following:

Most of our students choose to study abroad through DU’s celebrated Cherrington Global Scholars program, which allows them to gain unique classroom, research and service experience at universities throughout the world. In addition, Honors students often take advantage of DUs many dual degree programs. Many go on to competitive graduate programs elsewhere, and our students are often recipients of prestigious grants, awards and scholarships.

Contact Us

Contact us at 303-871-2035 or visit our office in the beautiful Mary Reed Building (Room 2).   The Office of Admission can help you set up a meeting with the Honors Program during a campus visit.  Associate Director Shawn Alfrey is available by telephone at 303-871-2035 or by email at and Director George Potts can be reached at 303-871-3717 or