Welcome to the Honors Program website at the University of La Verne. As the director of the Honors Program, I have the privilege of working closely with exceptional faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing an enriching academic environment for our students. With a general thematic focus that stresses the importance of global ideas, the honors program maintains a proud tradition of excellence that pushes students to think critically about their place in the world.
This tradition of excellence starts with our reputable faculty and staff. Representing a range of disciplines from art, writing, history, biology, physics, mathematics, political science, sociology, etc, the honors faculty are among the best our university has to offer. In addition to our excellent faculty, the honors curriculum is designed to offer a seminar-style classroom which focuses on fostering critical thinking skills, and also provides plenty of opportunities for field trips and other forms of external engagement that helps to emphasize the real-world application of course content. Furthermore, students also have access to peer mentors who provide personal and individualized support. Whether honors students have questions about the location of a classroom, need advice on which courses to take, or just want general advice about university life, peer mentors are a valuable resource available to any honors student.
If the great faculty and peer mentors are not enough to convince you of the benefits of the honors program, there are a number of other advantages to joining honors. Although there are far too many benefits to fully list here (click here for more benefits), I will mention just a few of my personal favorites. First, honors students have access to the Honors Center, which is located on the second floor of the Wilson Library. At the Honors Center, students can use the computer lab and its free printing privileges, there is an informal living room where students can just hangout and play board games or watch a movie, and there are even free snacks and coffee all semester long which can be particularly useful during midterms and finals. Second, given the program’s commitment to academic excellence and the theme of global ideas, there are plenty of opportunities to go on field trips or partake in a travel course to the Galapagos Islands (with other potential travel courses to come). Honors students are also eligible to apply for internal scholarships and will receive regular notifications about external scholarship opportunities. And finally, honors students get priority registration (that’s right, you enroll first!) and the opportunity to live in the honors wing of Vista, which is our new student housing building located in the heart of campus.
I hope you consider the Honors Program at the University of La Verne. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions (click here for contact info).
Roy Kwon, Ph.D.