Loyola University Chicago

Interdisciplinary Honors Program


Interdisciplinary in design and international in scope, Loyola’s Honors Program offers a dynamic general education that enables our students to bring many perspectives to real world problem-solving, in the Jesuit tradition. Faculty craft intensive courses that refine analytical and communication skills. The formal curriculum is supplemented with many cultural excursions and service opportunities.


  • The program requires 27 credit hours (9 classes) of honors courses.
  • All honors courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.33 or better to graduate with honors.

Course Descriptions

Honors courses differ in structure and content from non-honors courses, and these courses are offered in a sequence. Honors students must complete the following courses:

  1. Western Intellectual Traditions: Antiquity to the Middle Ages(First year, fall semester)
  2. Western Intellectual Traditions: Renaissance to Modernism(First year, spring semester)
  3. The United States Experience(Anytime after first year)
  4. Area Studies (Two of the following courses anytime after first year):
       Encountering Africa
       Encountering Asia
    Encountering Contemporary Europe
       Encountering Latin America and the Caribbean
       Encountering the Middle East
  5. Science and Society(Anytime after first year)
  6. Honors Capstone: Moral Responsibility (75 credit hours earned or Senior year)