Honors College students in a seminar class having a lively discussion.

Honors College - Academic Experience

At the heart of Bloomsburg University's Honors College is an interdisciplinary, experiential, academic curriculum.

Highlighted by small, discussion-based honors classes and experiential activities in and outside the classroom, you'll also have unparalleled student-driven research opportunities with dedicated faculty mentors, unique study abroad experiences, and the chance to hone your leadership skills while rolling up your sleeves to make a difference.

Honors Courses 

An Honors student at BU presenting her research at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference.
Every year, Bloomsburg University Honors students travel to the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference to present their research.

As an Honors student, you'll be required to complete five Honors courses (15 credits) that will prepare you for active, interdisciplinary learning. Offered across a variety of core disciplines, these seminar-style, discussion-based classes will jumpstart your undergraduate experience as you learn to explore ideas in and outside of your chosen field and personal experience.

You'll be asked to think critically and creatively, collaborate across difference, and participate in co-curricular activities that will take you out of the classroom and into the lab, museum, archeological site, you name it! These courses will count toward your General Education requirements, and, if you're like many Honors students, you'll complete them by the end of your sophomore year.

Capstone Project

At the beginning of your junior year (or even sometimes in the second semester of your sophomore year), you'll begin your required Honors capstone project. Under the guidance of an Honors faculty member, you'll craft a proposal for a substantive project of your choosing that you will complete over the course of three semesters.

You may decide to do a traditional, academic research project, finding scholarly articles, drawing conclusions, and writing a paper you may then present at a professional conference and/or submit to an academic journal. Or, you may choose a creative project, such as writing and illustrating a graphic novel, producing an independent film, or developing an online app. No matter what your choice, you'll be paired with a faculty mentor who will guide and challenge you until you have a well-developed, final project you can use to impress potential employers or graduate school admissions representatives.

Honors College students with their passports before departing on a study abroad trip.

A World of Possibilities

It’s no secret that to gain an informed perspective of the world – and your place in it – requires reaching beyond your personal boundaries. That’s why BU's Honors College ensures you have enviable opportunities to travel and explore the world, highlighted by our four-week, faculty-led trip to Central Europe.

You’ll earn credit studying at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, make an unforgettable visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oświęcim, Poland, and travel to at least five additional major cities throughout Central Europe. The Honors College also travels annually as a group to New York City, and we help you take full advantage of University-wide, faculty-led trips and exchange programs all over the world.

BU Honors College students completed a build with Habitat for Humanity.
Honors College students volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Civic Engagement

Finally, we'll ask you to get involved in civic engagement every semester. You may mix and match what you choose to do, but, preferably, you'll commit to a long-term project. Maybe you'll tutor high school students or work as an EMT or volunteer with a therapeutic horse riding service. As time goes on and your commitment grows deeper, you'll gain skill-building experience, make valuable connections, and see how your work can have impact not only on those you help but on who you are and who you want to be.

 

Honors Scholarships

Honors works with admissions to identify candidates who are eligible for Academic Excellence, Academic Success, Board of Governors, and Presidential Leadership scholarships. These scholarships are offered to academically talented students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in a variety of scholarly, extracurricular, and leadership activities.

In addition, you will receive monies for conferences, international travel, and research. And in the spring, we’ll help you apply for one of Bloomsburg University’s Undergraduate Research Scholarships and Creativity Activity (URSCA) Awards. These awards provide financial support of up to $6,000 to students participating in summer research, scholarship, or creative activities.

Leadership Development

You’ll get both academic and social opportunities to meet leaders in a wide range of fields, practice critical leadership techniques, and experiment in different leadership capacities and situations. You’ll be encouraged to assume active leadership responsibilities on campus, in the community, and within the Honors College itself.

John Bodenman, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences

Melissa Cheese, Academic Enrichment Chairperson, Learning Communities Director

Elisabeth Culver, Nursing

Shiloh Erdley, Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Heather Feldhaus, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies

Christina Force, Information Technology, Analytics and Business Education

Luke Haile, Exercise Science

Ashwini Kanade, Communication, Sciences and Disorders

Darrin Kass, Management

Brooke Lylo, Exceptionality Programs

Lynda Michaels, Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Professional Engagement

Mykola Poyuha, Chair, Languages and Cultures

Julie Vandivere, Director, English

Members of the Honors College elect representatives to serve on the Honors Executive Board every year. If elected, you’ll work to coordinate a variety of social and community service activities, mentor new students, and provide feedback to the director and the Honors Advisory Committee.

illustration of Carver Hall

Teaching Faculty

John Hintz

John Hintz, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences