Honors Program


The University of Tulsa Honors Program engages students in the critical examination of great books and ideas. Beginning with the ancient Greeks, the honors curriculum traces the development of Western moral and political commitments, religious practices, scientific achievements, and artistic sensibilities that shape the modern world.

Students participate in one honors course each semester for three years. Each of the six honors courses fulfill block course requirements. The course sequence proceeds chronologically, engages multiple disciplinary approaches, and integrates studies across semesters. Honors students and faculty sustain a conversation with the great minds of the past about the perennial issues of human life.

Classes are small. They cultivate the habits of mind and attention of a well-rounded, well-educated individual. Experienced professors encourage students to think hard about difficult ideas, to ask unsettling questions, to defend what they say with good reasons, and to write well. Honors students take an active role in learning intellectual independence. At the same time, such exchanges foster close working relationships among professors and students.

Honors Program students may major in any academic discipline. What honors students share is a love of ideas and the conviction that the present cannot be understood without knowledge of the great ideas of the past. The program allows students in engineering, the sciences, and business to bring breadth and depth to their education. It enables those in the fine and performing arts to locate their own artistic efforts in historical context. Students in the humanities and the social sciences discover how ideas and institutions emerge and influence each other.

An Honors Program scholarship of $1,000 is given annually to each participant. Students in the Honors Program may also choose to live in the reserved Honors Suites located in LaFortune House. LaFortune House, with its state-of-the-art facilities, seminar room, and movie viewing area, is home to a range of social gatherings and scholarly programs. Students interested in this residential option should communicate their interest to the Honors Program director, and indicate Honors Suites as their preference when they submit their university housing contract.

Admission to the Honors Program is by application only. The application is available online at www.utulsa.edu/honors. Alternatively, students may call (918) 631-2122 to request that one be mailed to them. Applications are accepted at any time, but early applicants are given priority. They will accept, wait-list, or deny applications as they are received until the class is filled.

All highly motivated students who are interested in the program are encouraged to apply. Applicants are helped by showing that they have academically distinguished themselves: by testing in the 95th percentile on ACT or SAT; or by maintaining a high school grade
point average of at least 3.5; or by graduating in the top 10 percent of their class. In addition to these numerical measures, the Honors Selection Committee values applicants who demonstrate: a desire to study great works both in and beyond their major field of study; a willingness to read rigorously and to discuss and debate difficult ideas; the ability to engage and contribute to the intellectual life on campus. To remain in good standing, honors students must take the prescribed Honors course each semester and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the first year, and a 3.25 cumulative grade point average thereafter.