University Honors College
Kathleen Glenister Roberts, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors College
Duquesne University established the University Honors College in fall 1997 under the leadership of Dr. Connie Ramirez, who was at that time Dean of McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. It was a successor to the Integrated Honors Program that began in 1984. For more than 25 years, Duquesne honors students have accepted Duquesne University’s challenge to demand more of themselves intellectually, academically, and morally.
The University Honors College is like all programs at Duquesne in that its foundation is based on the five pillars of Spiritan Catholic identity: academic excellence, moral and spiritual growth, ecumenism, service to others, and attentiveness to global concerns. We expect honors students to embody these pillars by asking deeper, more profound questions in their academic work through the assistance of faculty in honors seminars. The University Honors College aims to do more at Duquesne with respect to the five pillars by encouraging honors students to become leaders in their fields – not just through academic achievement and professional development, but through lifelong attentiveness to the needs and gifts of others. The University Honors College also provides unique, tangible opportunities for students in all undergraduate programs at Duquesne to merge their professional goals with the creativity of work in the humanities and liberal arts.
Academically gifted students are invited to participate in the University Honors College. In addition to fulfilling the aims of the University core curriculum, offered to all undergraduate students, this distinctive academic experience seeks to deepen students’ learning outcomes in four significant areas: creative and critical thinking, leadership and service, education in the humanities, and global perspectives. Students participate in small classes (18 students or less) taught by members of Duquesne’s outstanding faculty. 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 graduate with the “Honors College” designation at graduation. A minimum GPA of 3.30 is required in order to maintain “good standing” while enrolled as an undergraduate student.
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.” The University Honors College core requires completion of the following courses:
- 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.The total number of IHP credits required for graduation from the University Honors College is 18.
University Honors College Fellows
12 additional credits
In addition to completing the University Honors College core curriculum, honors students may pursue the designation of “Fellow” by completing 12 additional credits in honors courses. Honors Fellows are expected to engage in advanced independent study and research with a faculty mentor. Students will present or defend their honors projects to a faculty/student committee and file a copy of their final work with the Honors College office. Honors Fellows may petition the University Honors College for small monetary grants to fund special academic projects or unique experiential learning opportunities.