Honors Program

The Eureka College Honors Program helps students to learn broadly and think deeply.

Learning broadly: As an Honors student, you’ll get to explore a wide array of topics, consider the relationships between different fields of knowledge, and become ever more curious and open to new areas of experience. Through Honors Seminars, you will study topics as diverse as the workings of the American prison system, bioethics, and superheroes.

Thinking deeply: The senior Honors thesis lets you delve deeply into a question that you really care about. By the time you’ve completed your project, you will be the campus expert on your topic—whether it’s the social commentaries embedded in zombie movies or how a public health program can help under-served communities in Peoria.

Writing a thesis and graduating with Honors is also a great way to make your resume stand out when you’re looking for a job or applying to graduate school. Our graduates go on to do great things, and Honors helps them get there.

Dr. Marygrace Kaiser
Director of the Honors Program

Honors Eligibility And Program Requirements – Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enroll in the Honors program?

For incoming freshmen, eligibility for the Honors program is determined based on several academic considerations. Students with a composite ACT of at least 27 (or equivalent SAT) and rank in the top 10% of their high school classes are automatically eligible; students who do not meet these criteria but have strong academic records may also meet eligibility requirements. At the end of each academic year, the top 15% of the freshman class is also invited to join Honors as sophomores. This is the last opportunity to enroll in the program.

What courses do Honors students take?

Honors students enroll in Honors sections of Academic Writing (first-year composition) and Western Civilization I & II. (If students transfer credit for composition, they do not need to retake it.) They also take three one-credit Honors seminars. Over the course of their last three semesters at Eureka, students earn a total of 5 credits for their Honors theses.

Are there other requirements for staying in Honors?

To stay enrolled in the Honors program, students must maintain a 3.50 GPA and complete a few additional course requirements within the General Education curriculum. See the Honors Program handbook or contact the Director for further details.

What if I start Honors but decide that I don’t want to write a thesis?
Students may elect to leave the Honors program at any time. If you have any inclination at all to participate, then we recommend that you enroll as a freshman and see how it goes—withdrawing from the program carries with it no penalty, and you’ll still benefit from the Honors sections of the required courses.