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Engaging Coursework

Courses Our Students Take

Our academic goals are:

  • Creative and critical thinking

  • Leadership and service

  • Education in the humanities

  • Global perspectives

Students participate in small classes: 18 students or less.

University Honors College Program of Study

Students must complete the University Honors College core curriculum, with a minimum of 6 classes in honors-designated courses, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 in order to secure the “University Honors College” designation at graduation.

University Honors College Core Curriculum (6 classes total; 6 must be honors courses)

Honors students follow the same University Core Curriculum as all students at Duquesne, with one distinction: 6 of the 12 classes in the University Core Curriculum must be taken as honors courses.  University Honors College courses are designated with the subject code “HONR.”

Four courses are required of every honors student:

  • HONR 104  Honors Inquiry I (Replaces UCOR 101)

  • HONR 105  Honors Inquiry II (Replaces UCOR 102)

  • HONR 132  Honors Philosophy (Replaces UCOR 132)

  • HONR 145  Honors Theology (Replaces UCOR 142)

Students must also complete at least two of the following: *

  • HONR 201  Honors Seminar in Faith and Reason (Replaces UCOR Faith and Reason)

  • HONR 202  Honors Seminar in Global Diversity (Replaces UCOR Global Diversity)

  • HONR 203  Honors Seminar in Social Justice (Replaces UCOR Social Justice)

  • HONR 204  Honors Seminar in Creative Arts (Replaces Creative Arts)

*Students wishing to study abroad may meet the course requirements through enrollment in HONR 205 & 206, Honors International Study Abroad I & II.

University Honors College Fellows Find Excitement through Study

In addition to completing the basic curriculum above, honors students may pursue the designation of “Fellow” by completing 4 additional honors classes.

Our Honors Fellows find exciting ways to merge their professional goals with other unique aspects of learning, or other talents they enjoy.  And the Honors College can help fund your experiences and projects.

This summer Music student Mariangela Gominho studied music in Iceland. And this fall Rachel Willis will conduct research on women and leadership in Latin America.

Meet our Honors Fellows