About the Program
The Saint Joseph's University Honors Program seeks to produce well-educated, articulate citizens who exemplify the highest standards of academic, professional and personal achievement. The program offers an enriched General Education curriculum that broadens cultural interests, integrates knowledge, sharpens writing skills and encourages student involvement in the learning process.
The curriculum is composed of intellectually rigorous courses that satisfy both General Education and major requirements. Many Honors courses are interdisciplinary team-taught courses in the arts, sciences, social sciences, and business.
Graduates of the Honors Program have gone on to study in world-class graduate and doctoral programs at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and New York University, as well as secured leadership positions in corporations around the world.
The Saint Joseph's University Honors Program offers a unique mixture of individual and team-taught courses, taught by outstanding faculty who are engaged in original and influential research. Join this community of scholars and work closely with faculty who will help you find projects that suit your goals and interests.
Students who are admitted into the Honors Program receive many special benefits, including:
- A student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1
- Advanced registration for classes
- Dedicated Honors suites in residence halls, which allow like-minded students to live together, even as freshmen
- Opportunities to present research and creative work at national conferences and seminars
- The most up-to-date information regarding scholarship and funding opportunities for graduate and professional work
- On-campus receptions, concerts and lectures specifically for Honors students
- Team-taught courses, which allow distinguished faculty members to share their knowledge and expertise with students in a challenging academic environment
- 24-hour access to Claver House, a quiet retreat where Honors students can work
Graduates of the honors program have pursued advanced degrees at some of the most prestigious law schools, med schools and graduate programs and have earned positions at top companies around the globe.
- American University
- Boston College Law School
- Columbia University
- Duke University
- Georgetown University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- Johns Hopkins University
- London School of Economics
- Marquette University
- New York University
- Northwestern University
- Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Syracuse University
- Thomas Jefferson University
- Tufts University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Vanderbilt University
- Yale University
- AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Campbell Soup Company
- Center for Autism
- Center for Clean Air Policy
- Cherry Hill Public Schools
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Deloitte & Touche LLP
- Department of Homeland Security
- General Mills, Inc.
- Goldman Sachs
- Johnson & Johnson
- Lincoln Financial Group
- Lockheed Martin
- MTV Networks
- The New York Public Library
- New York Stock Exchange
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Philadelphia Insurance Companies
- Philadelphia Magazine
- Teach for America
- Walt Disney Company
Research and Projects
By the middle of spring semester junior year, Honors Students should finalize plans for capstone projects. Each requires the completion of an original project or thesis in the student’s senior year—the Honors Program will contact all eligible students during the early part of spring semester junior year to seek applications for capstones and to provide information about specific options. Work on these projects can be counted toward the completion of Honors course requirements.
Many Honors students have taken part in the Summer Scholars Program, in which students spend the summer months engaging in faculty-mentored research, creative writing, fine and performing arts pursuits, and other scholarly endeavors. Some of these opportunities have developed into Departmental Honors and University Scholars projects.