Honors Education

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Honors Education Opportunities

Honors education signals your commitment to rigor and excellence in your academic study and in your life beyond. Graduating as an honors student can set you apart from your peers whether you are applying for jobs or for graduate school. At Penn State, honors education is housed in the Schreyer Honors College. In the College of the Liberal Arts, the Paterno Fellows Program extends on the Schreyer Honors College Experience by challenging students to take on additional out-of-class requirements including internship or study abroad, ethical leadership, and community service.

The Paterno Fellows program can also serve as a gateway to the Schreyer Honor College. Every liberal arts student is eligible to aspire as a Paterno Fellow in their first year. Those who meet the program's rigorous requirements will earn admission to Schreyer in their second or third year.

Other honors programs are available to current students in select departments See the links below for additional information.

The Paterno Fellows Program

The College's signature honors experience, available to both current and aspiring Schreyer Honors Scholars. Learn more...

Economics Department Honors Program

The Department of Economics has a long tradition of providing specialized and individual instruction to its academically advanced students and those in related curricula to allow them the opportunity to develop their talents more fully through its Honors Program in Economics. Learn more...

English Department Honors Program

The Honors Program in English provides the opportunity for accomplished and ambitious students to broaden and deepen their literary understanding, rhetorical skills, and creative potential through seminars and individual study.  Students take three Honors Seminars and write a Senior Honors Thesis under faculty supervision. Learn more...

Honors Advising

Honors students in the College of the Liberal Arts work with professional advisors in their home department. In addition, they are assigned a faculty adviser who will work with the student as a mentor and on the completion of their undergraduate thesis.

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