Loyola University Chicago

Interdisciplinary Honors Program


The Interdisciplinary Honors Program consists of a specific sequence of courses intended and designed for high achieving students seeking a challenging academic experience.  Students in the Program enroll in courses reserved for honors students.  The Program requires students to complete 9 courses, which is equivalent to 27 credit hours, out of 120 credit hours needed to graduate. 

The Honors Program is designed to model the Loyola’s commitment to a transformative education.  It's foundation is the freshman interdisciplinary seminar – team-taught courses focusing on the great texts of Western civilization (HONR 101 and 102).  These courses are double counted, comprising 6 credit hours in the Fall and 6 credit hours in the Spring semester of the freshman year.  The courses involve a lecture component and a discussion component.  Students meet three times per week to hear lectures from one of the faculty members co-teaching the course (3 credit hours), and then meet again three times per week in discussion sections of 20 students led by one of these faculty members (3 credit hours).

For sample syllabi for HONR 101 and 102, please click here.


During their second and third years students complete one course on The U.S. Experience, two courses on areas of the world (on Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East), and one course on Science and Society.  Seniors complete the Program with a capstone experience titled Moral Responsibility.  These courses differ in structure and content from non-honors courses.

For brief course descriptions, please click here.

For sequencing and outcomes, please click here.

Yes, honors students are assigned to dedicated honors advisors for their first and second years.  Honors advisors begin working with students during summer orientation.  Honors advisors also lead UNIV 101, a one credit freshman seminar designed to provide extended orientation that focuses on the special demands of the Honors Program.   During their Junior and Senior years, all Loyola students, including honors students, transition to their College or School advisors.  Students learn about Loyola’s advising model and its resources in UNIV 101. 

Yes.  The honors courses are included in – not in addition to – the 120 credit hours required to graduate.  All honors courses satisfy the University’s Core Curriculum, so students complete the Honors Program and satisfy Core requirements at the same time.  Lastly, many honors students arrive with AP credit, giving them a jump start toward graduation. 

  • For a more detailed presentation of graduating in four years, please click here.
  • For a more detailed presentation of the relationship between Honors and the University Core, please click here.

Loyola allows students to carry up to 36 transfer credit hours from approved AP and IB test scores, as well as college courses taken elsewhere. Please visit the website for detailed information regarding our university's policy.

Honors Academic Advisors work closely with students to determine how transfer credit hours best fit their academic goals.

Yes, please click here to see which honors courses satisfy university core requirements.

Students pursue a major and/or minor separately from their honors courses.  Because honors courses satisfy many core courses, honors students commonly have room in their academic calendars to add a double major or minor, and to study abroad.  An important part of what makes the Honors Program exciting is that we draw students from virtually every major in the College of Arts and Sciences – from Biology to Theatre – and from every College in the University – from Communication to Nursing – thus encouraging meaningful interactions among people with different ways of looking at the world. 

Yes.  We strongly encourage our honors students to study abroad, preferably for one semester or even a year, or for a summer.  Academic advisors work with honors students to incorporate study abroad into students four-year plans. 

The Honors Program is committed to fostering student success through living and learning environments. But due to the evolving university response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot guarantee a residence placement in any facility at this time.


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. 

Students who successfully complete the program will have an “Honors” designation written on both their graduation diploma and their final transcript.

Highly qualified students who have been admitted to Loyola with a high school GPA of at least 3.75 and an ACT Composite test score of at least 29 (or SAT score of 1330) are invited to apply to the program.

Students may also be admitted to the program beginning in the second semester of their Freshman year or the first semester of their Sophomore year.  Admission requirements include completion of 15 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 3.67 for second semester Freshmen or completion of 30 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 3.67 for first semester Sophomores.  


For students admitted to Loyola University Chicago who meet the criteria for admission to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program,  the application to the Honors Program can be found on your Admitted Student Status Page in early December.

Please contact us by e-mail at honors@luc.edu, or by telephone at 773-508-2780. 

You can schedule a visit by contacting visitloyola@luc.edu. They can schedule you not only for a tour and admission presentation to learn more about Loyola, but can also arrange for you to sit in a class.