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The Honors Program at DU

The University of Denver offers a challenging Honors Program for talented students who seek an advanced liberal education, lively dialogue with their peers and faculty on important issues, study abroad in first-rate universities, and inspiring in-depth work in their majors. The aim of the program is to challenge students to cultivate strong habits of critical thinking, creativity, and scholarship and to offer close support for advanced work. Students in the Honors Program have the best of both worlds: the small classes and close community of a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources of a research university.

Our community is composed of around 350 talented and motivated students who reflect all majors and diverse interests. They are involved in all aspects of university life, often participating in the Pioneer Leadership Program, and other LLCs and organizations on campus. Many join us as already accomplished Boettcher Scholars. Most students also choose to live on the Honors floor. Upon successfully completing the program, our students graduate with University Honors. Along the way, they benefit from a stimulating academic and social community that allows them to make the most of their undergraduate experience.


Congratulations Honors graduates! Awards and recognition for members of the Honors Program, 2014 - Kudos!

The Voltaire Society 
Our first event - Chihuly at the Botanic Gardens with ice cream at Liks, was a big success!  Thanks to Ethan Draper and Nick Rossiter!  We need something now in the way of Winter fun!  If you've got ideas please contact Shawn or student organizers Ethan Draper. For more information on The Voltaire Society.

Extreme Academics
The schedule for Winter and Spring quarters is on the Extreme Academics webpage and the Extreme Academics group on Facebook.

Upcoming Events

Annual Honors Banquet - Wednesday January 7 from 6:00-7:30 in Craig Hall Community Room
This year, in recognition of the Centennial of World War I, WWI expert Associate Professor of History Carol Helstosky will share her knowledge on the topic.  

Ice Skating on Keystone Lake - Saturday January 24
Go up in the charter bus and skate around Keystone's huge, beautiful lake!  (rental skates and lunch provided)  

Study Abroad Cafe - Monday January 12 in Driscoll North 127
Come share your experiences and show off some souvenirs!  

Buntport Theatre's Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera - Thursday January 29 at 8:00, with dinner beforehand at a location TBA
Get a sense of this funny production by checking out the Prognosticator!

Pioneer Book Group
This year Ryan Carson and Carlie Derouin, with Gabe Goodman's help, will guide the book group. Our second book is Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson.  See the NY Times review.  There books are available in the Cave.  Meeting times TBA!