Director of Honors Program: Dr. Bryn Upton
The McDaniel Honors Program challenges students with a rigorous curriculum promoting critical thinking, embracing interdisciplinary exchange, and engaging with the complexities of diversity in a global context. We encourage students to take intellectual risks, to be active leaders for change, and to join our community of life long learners.
The program opens doors to challenging courses in many disciplines, often taught in innovative ways. In addition to enriching electives, McDaniel honors students enjoy priority registration, extended library loans, a special study lounge, connections with accomplished alumni, support to present research at conferences for honors students, and a unique opportunity to study abroad at Glasgow University in Scotland.
Requirements to be named a “College Scholar” upon graduation:
- Overall GPA of 3.5 or better
- Ability to demonstrate intellectual and moral character befitting a member of the McDaniel Honors Program
- HON 1200 Honors A to Z (2 credits; fall of first year)
- HON 2201 Great Works (4 credits; spring of first year)
- HON 2265 Honors Applied (2 credits; sophomore year)
- HON 3200 Honor Journal Club (2 credits; junior year)
- HON 4491 Honors Senior Colloquium (2 credits: spring of senior year)
- Completion of a College Scholars Project (4 credits; senior year, met by pursuing departmental honors or proposing a distinct project)
- Four Honors Modules, selecting from among the following:
- Honors-enriched experiences (maximum of 1 allowed; may range from 0-4 cr)
- Honors electives (4-credit courses that also fulfill general education requirements; may sometimes fulfill a major or minor requirement as well; must meet one or more of the four student learning outcomes)
- Study abroad (each semester abroad counts as one honors module)