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Honors at Houghton

Stretch yourself as you have never been stretched before as a Houghton Honors student.

It is an experience as exciting as it is demanding. Houghton was one of the first colleges to introduce a serious, developmental curriculum for top incoming students, and our honors opportunities remain among the best anywhere. You won't believe what you can achieve.

Honors Programs

Honors at Houghton is more than the classes you take: it’s an EXPERIENCE designed to kick-start the rest of your college career.

Challenging. Interdisciplinary. Experiential.

Qualified first-year students are invited to interview for Houghton Honors upon acceptance to the college. Each track is co-taught, synthesizes multiple disciplines, and includes a significant experiential component. Honors in London features a semester in London, and Science Honors features a dedicated research project and a Mayterm in Arizona.

Transforming Together

Each program is a community as much as it is a course—a family of exceptionally bright, motivated students bound together by the intensity of a shared experience.

After Honors

Our honors alumni have pursued master’s and doctoral degrees at institutions including Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of Chicago, and Indiana University in fields as diverse as neuroscience, molecular biology, law, music, and theology.

Honors Seminars

Students who have successfully completed Science Honors or Honors in London are eligible to participate in Houghton’s honors seminars. Multiple seminars are offered each semester, covering a wide range of topics. At one credit hour each, honors seminars fit into the most demanding schedule, but give students ongoing opportunities to do honors-level work, surrounded by talented peers. Completion of three honors seminars earns a student an additional designation on his or her transcript.

“Doing unto Others: Evolution and Altruism”
Aaron Sullivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Biology

“Everywhere in Chains:  Freedom and Slavery in Literature”
Linda Mills Woolsey, Ph.D.
Dean of the College, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of English

“Francis of Assisi”
Cameron Airhart, Ph.D.
Professor of History

“Hidden in Plain Sight: Narrative Themes in Film”
Ted Murphy, MFA
Professor of Art

“Language, Culture, and Thought”
Michael Ahland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics/TESOL

“Literature and Mental Illness”
Stephen Woolsey, Ph.D.
Professor of English