Honors

Community of Learning, Academic Challenge & Creative Opportunities

The Loras College Honors Program is designed to offer an integrated sequence of academically challenging courses unique to Honors students who wish to pursue a broadly-based, comprehensive liberal arts education. The program offers a chance to enjoy academic challenge emphasizing an analytical, synoptic, and creative approach to the various disciplines that comprise the liberal arts. Students in the Honors Program reflect on the use of imagination for problem solving, the relevance of ideas to society, and ways to engage in the world.

What is the Honors Program about?

  • Creativity – Innovation, Invention, Entrepreneurship – thinking outside the box
  • Great Ideas that impacted the world
  • Global Engagement – how you can connect and contribute to the world

You will have several opportunities including:

  • Interaction with peers and professors in lively educational environments
  • Service opportunities on campus, in the community and internationally
  • Research and conference presentation opportunities

There is no deadline for applying to the Honors Program!

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A great opportunity to think outside the box and get to know your peers!

Honors students graduate from Loras with a depth of experience in collaborative research and problem-solving that brings the insights of academia into conversation with the problems faced by a variety of communities.  Many people can talk about what is wrong with the world; our graduates know how to analyze a problem from multiple perspectives, address root causes through community resources, and apply their research in the service of others.

When students enter the Honors program they become part of an active learning community that values intellectual curiosity and community engagement.  Foundational classes deepen students’ connections with each other and teach the values of the Honors program while developing the critical discernment, creativity, and interpersonal skills that are essential for collaborative, interdisciplinary research.  In the first year, these connections are forged and strengthened through students’ taking a few Honors general education courses together.

Sophomore through senior year focuses on the collaborative, interdisciplinary research project.  Mentored by a faculty partner and supported by the Honors Director, students advance in discovering and applying solutions to problems through community engagement and research.  Collaborative research projects have been completed in areas ranging from health education to handicap accessibility to environmental sustainability.  In their final semester, research teams will present their research and propose actions to the campus and wider communities.

These interdisciplinary research projects, pursued over a three year span, address a question or problem in a community to learn about the issue, connect with other interested groups, and develop a possible solution.  The students work as a collaborative team, but distribute tasks amongst themselves to best use their talents and inclinations to the fullest potential possible.

Goals and Outcomes of the Honors Program

  • To provide opportunities for research for students and faculty
  • To provide  meaningful and reflective service for students and faculty
  • To encourage growth in personal compassion, empathy, and cross-cultural competence through exposure to diverse ideas and experiences
  • To provide students with opportunities for professional and/or vocational development
  • To develop in students an understanding of needs in society and the world, using their talents, abilities, and expertise to contribute in creative and positive ways

For additional information contact Dr. Erin VanLaningham, Honors Director at Erin.VanLaningham@loras.edu.

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