"The honors program allows students to have more intimate classes that focus on more lively and interactive discussions. I like that the students in honors classes are more interested in the coursework which makes for more intelligent conversations and allows me to challenge myself."

-Lynne Errante
Art Education
Class of 2010


Scholarship Spotlight

The Rhodes Scholarship


The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University.

The focal point of Marywood University's Honors Curriculum is the honors degree. Students who complete the honors degree will receive the Citation in Honors and recognition on their official transcripts. To graduate with the Citation in Honors, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 21 honors credits.
    • 4 honors seminar courses that meet core curriculum or liberal arts requirements
    • 2 honors courses in the student’s major
    • 1 honors course elective OR a third course in the student’s major
  2. Complete a 3-credit honors thesis in their major.
  3. Achieve a 3.5 QPA by the semester preceding graduation


Honors Curriculum

We’ve designed honors coursework to enhance the core curriculum experience of academically motivated students. These small, seminar-style classes emphasize active learning, including participation, discussion, and research skills and methods. Some honors courses include:

  • R ST H112 Modern Belief
  • PHIL H113 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PSY H211 General Psychology
  • ENGL H160 Writing Skills
  • ENGL H180 Introduction to World Literature
  • PSY H251 Developmental Psychology

In addition to these courses, new honors courses and opportunities are created and added on a regular basis. Most honors courses fulfill core requirements; other courses are offered as electives that can be used exclusively to fulfill honors requirements.

If you have already taken the courses that are offered or if you need a course in your major, you may opt to take Honors Enrichment Courses in order to complete your honors requirements. For Honors Enrichment, you would work with the professor of a course to define a more rigorous course of study that reflects Honors requirements, and then submit an Honors Enrichment Contract to the department chair and Director of Honors and Fellowships for approval.

Honors Thesis

The Honors Thesis is the capstone of the Honors Program at Marywood University. The thesis is a scholarly paper in your discipline that is treated as independent study worth 3 credits. You work with a committee made up of a faculty director, a reader, and the honors program director over the course of 2 semesters to complete the research and writing requirements. 

The thesis provides the opportunity for you to tailor your interests and develop your expertise in a specific subject area. Such skills also give you a competitive advantage on scholarship or graduate school applications. Theses are published every year in Scientia.