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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 to 2018 graduate Jessica Garland, winner of the National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholar Thesis Contest for her Political Science Thesis, "Corporate Bodies Politic: How Corporations are Leveraged in a 'Third Space' of Struggle Between the American Settler State and Native American Communities." Jessica will talk about her project at the annual NCHC Conference in Boston in November.

Honors graduates! Awards and recognition for members of the Honors Program, 2018 -Kudos link to come!

The Voltaire Society 
Voltaire is going strong!  Contact the Voltaire Society with questions or comments. 

The Book Group
The Book Group will commence soon.  Contact Lauren Yehle or Ellie Lochhead for more information.

Extreme Academics
The schedule for Fall quarter is on the Extreme Academics webpage and the Extreme Academics group on Facebook.  First up:  9/20 from 5-7 in AAC 284:  Fellowships and your Future.  Plan to attend to learn how to get ready for your next big adventure!

Upcoming Events

Honors Orientation - Monday 9/3 from 12-1 in Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall

Annual Honors BBQ - Thursday 9/13 from 5-6 in the Mary Reed Circle

Honors Retreat - Friday 9/21 at 4:00 through Sunday 9/23 at noon.  Priority to first year students

Pizza and Advising - Monday 10/8 from 4-5 on the Honors floor in Halls

Contemporary Art Museum:  Tara Donovan, Fieldwork Exhibit, Thursday 10/26 beginning at 3:00, dinner to follow