Honors Program

Holy Family University's Honors Program, inaugurated in the 2015-2016 academic year, is designed to offer outstanding students personalized and engaging coursework in a close-knit community of peers. As a student in the Honors Program, you will not be asked to take more courses than the rest of the student body; instead, you will be offered Honors versions of select core courses that all Holy Family University students take.

Each year, you will be afforded the opportunity to participate in on-campus activities, cultural outings, and service activities designed to immerse you in the life of the city of Philadelphia and provide you with useful resume-building experiences. Toward the end of your four years at Holy Family, you will participate in a research symposium, during which you'll present work you've created with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Finally, as a senior you'll participate in an Honors Capstone course, which will incorporate all of the skills and knowledge you've accumulated during your time in the Honors Program at Holy Family University.

In all, the Honors Program is designed to offer you the opportunity to:

  • Be a part of a small community of motivated students who all want to deeply learn, explore, and question.
  • Enroll in innovative Honors courses. These seminar-style classes are designed to foster independent thinking, and with a cap of twenty students, each offers ample opportunity for participation and discussion. Honors students are required to take eight Honors courses, all of which also fulfill General Education Core requirements.
  • Become intellectually engaged through collaboration with faculty and students.
  • Pursue independent research and scholarship and present your work at local and national Honors Conferences.
  • Participate in service-learning activities with your fellow Honors Program students.
  • Attend cultural events in Philadelphia.
  • Get involved in campus academic and social events.
  • Enjoy a priority registration period.
  • Be recognized as an Honors Program graduate at commencement and on your transcript.
  • Distinguish yourself as an Honors Program graduate, which sets you apart from other applicants for jobs, professional training, and graduate schools.

Questions? Please email honorsprogram@holyfamily.edu.