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Honors Academy

Catalog description

The Honors Academy is a distinguished living and learning community of undergraduate scholars devoted to inquiry, discovery, innovation, and the life of an engaged mind. The academy advances scholarly leadership and achievement through a unique cohort of cornerstone-to-capstone experiences from deep-learning and international immersion to civic service and creative research.

Honors Academy promotes Marian University's mission of providing an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world. Honors students live the mission by excelling in all honors courses and initiatives, maintaining a 3.3 cumulative GPA. They graduate with honor as distinguished Marian University Honors Academy scholars pledged to a life of leadership in learning.

The faculty Honors Committee awards entrance to outstanding candidates each year. High school seniors with a 3.75 GPA and 1270 SAT are invited to apply. Language placement tests determine foreign language proficiency for Honors Academy language requirements. Honors freshmen are provided preferred housing in the academy's living-learning residence hall. The student president of the academy assigns them peer mentors and the faculty director serves as co-advisor with their major academic advisors through their four-year collegiate careers.

The Marian University Honors Academy is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Honors Programs & Colleges branch of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Required courses


Honors First-Year Seminar (FYS) plus four honors general education courses (15 credit hours):

  • FYS H10 Honors First-Year Seminar (fall)
  • COM H01 Honors Public Speaking (fall)
  • THL H05 Honors Introduction to Theology (fall)
  • HIS H02 Honors History of the Modern World (spring)
  • PHL H30 Honors Human Nature and Person (spring)


Honors humanities course (three credit hours):

  • Honors HUM 210


Honors-themed year with two seminars and one study-abroad course (nine credit hours):

  • HON 380 Special Topic Seminar I (fall)
  • HON 380 Special Topic Seminar II (spring)
  • HON 380 Study Abroad, fulfills general education cross-cultural requirement (summer; three weeks)


Honors capstone research project (three credit hours):

  • HON 399 Honors Research (fall or spring)
    Seniors present research at the university's Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium

Language requirements

Honors students take foreign language courses through the 201 level. Language placement testing determines proficiency level and required course enrollment. Students in the Honors Academy will be offered preferred registration, housing opportunities with other honors students, peer mentoring, on- and off-campus events, and a study-abroad experience.

For more information, contact the Honors Academy Director James Norton, Ph.D., at 317.955.6396 or or Vickie Carson at 317.955.6132 or

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