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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 18 hours 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 (34 credits total; 18 credits in IHP courses)

Honors students follow the same University Core Curriculum as all students at Duquesne, with one distinction: 18 of the 34 credits in the University Core Curriculum must be taken as honors courses.  University Honors College courses are designated with the subject code “IHP.”

Four courses are required of every honors student:

  • IHP 104  Honors Inquiry I

  • IHP 105  Honors Inquiry II

  • IHP 132  Honors Philosophy

  • IHP 145  Honors Theology

Students must also complete at least two of the following:

  • IHP 201  Honors Seminar in Faith and Reason

  • IHP 202  Honors Seminar in Global Diversity*

  • IHP 203  Honors Seminar in Social Justice

  • IHP 204  Honors Seminar in Creative Arts

*Students wishing to study abroad may meet the Global Diversity requirement through enrollment in IHP 205, Honors International Study Abroad.

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.

Recently we sent Andrew Gaiser to Japan, a senior in Pharmacy. And Andrew Witchger built a pendulum as part of his Honors Fellows project.

Meet our Honors Fellows