The Honors program will engage your curiosity in innovative learning across multiple disciplines, both in and out of the classroom.
Honors intellectual experiences emphasize your critical engagement with complex subjects. Whether you are in a small seminar led by a dedicated faculty member or designing your own unique project, you will acquire new knowledge, analyze real world situations, and apply what you are learning in the areas that matter most to you.
The Honors program is designed to enhance and fit within your Roosevelt curriculum. You are coached to enroll in Honors courses that will fill degree requirements, so that approximately 20% of your course work will be in Honors. Your individual requirements are calculated when you are admitted to the program and range from 18-30 credits.
The Honors curriculum includes CORE courses, electives, and courses in your major and minor. Specialized Honors tracks are offered in Musical Arts and Finance. We also offer curricular pathways for Honors students majoring in Psychology and the Sciences. See the catalog for details.
Honors Contracts allow you to design an Honors program that best suits your goals. Your experiences in areas such as research, service, internships, and study abroad can fulfill Honors program requirements.
(UROP) matches students as paid research assistants on faculty members’ research projects in any discipline at the University. Recent UROP projects have been based in Biology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Education, English, Chemistry, Sociology, and the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice. This research experience prepares you to excel in professions and graduate programs.
Take advantage of this semester-long humanities seminar, working with students and faculty from Roosevelt University, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, & the University of Illinois at Chicago. The seminar is worth 6 credits and involves reading assignments, research in the Newberry collections, and a major research paper. Course topics vary by year, and enrollment is limited to 5 Roosevelt students.
Honors students are offered information and support for applications for fellowships and scholarships outside of Roosevelt. Supplemental course advising and individualized coaching supports all individual students as you work toward academic goals, career readiness, and dreams for your future.
Incoming and current students are welcome to apply at the application link below. Applications open February 01 and close July 01. All admitted students begin in the Fall term. Honors-ready students are curious and motivated, have strong academic records, and submit excellent Honors application materials. Applicants must have at least three more semesters to complete at RU at the time they join the Honors Program. Honors courses are offered at the Chicago campus only.
"Many programs in many schools can teach you how to learn, but the honors program at RU teaches you how to think. It allows you to have an exploratory role in your own education where you get to work with professionals in the field of your choice. It is really one of the most gratifying experiences I have ever had. You will be challenged, you will be tested, and you will be rewarded for the work beyond measure. The honors program at RU does not mean that the classes are harder, just different. What it boils down to is the classes are more engaging, you spend more time discussing information ensuring a global understanding of concepts, and the courses are super cool. The faculty are proud to teach these courses and it shows."
Taylor Smith - Psychology, Forensic Psychology concentration '17
"The Honors Program will give you a great education that forces you to think critically about topics you may not otherwise know about. This helped me both in my major and within my other professional ventures outside of class. The program provides students with tremendous opportunities and knowledge that they can use after they graduate. I never thought I would be able to do many of the things that I’ve done in college and I have the honors program to thank for many of them."
Lauren Grimaldi - Political Science major, Journalism minor '18