The mission of the University Honors Program is to empower academically gifted students to achieve their fullest intellectual potential in love and in service to others.
Aspects of the Program
Rigorous and Dynamic Learning Communities
The University Honors Program engages motivated, intellectually curious students in rigorous and dynamic learning communities. When gifted students meet with outstanding faculty in small classes, exciting collaborations ensue. Honors students work closely with faculty across the Mount’s four schools to conduct disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, engage in creative productions of visual and performing arts, and consider the meanings and manifestations of faith among people of all religious backgrounds. University Honors Students are encouraged to be actively involved in their own education. Every honors student’s experience culminates with a senior research/thesis project. This project often leads to a powerful transition to graduate school or to a profession.
Honors students are encouraged to examine the spiritual, cultural, scientific, philosophical, and historical dimensions of the human experience energetically and proactively. They are called to discover modes of inquiry that foster a kinder, freer, more sustainable and just world. Honors students recognize that humor, joy, and play are integral to the development of the whole person because creative thinking is nurtured by encounters that take place not just inside the traditional classroom but outside of it as well. Complementing the wealth of opportunities that enhance students’ academic talents are those promoting engagement that foster leadership and community. Activities include those organized by the George Henry Miles Honors Society, faculty-led dinner discussions at the President’s house as well as practicing leadership skills in student government and campus ministry. Leadership and community building also take place on service-learning trips, the Mount’s ropes course and at Orioles games.
Service in a Global Era
The Honors Program includes students of various backgrounds, races, ethnicities and nationalities. The diverse student-body fosters transformative personal growth, leading to greater understanding and appreciation of others. Our Honors students graduate well prepared to thrive in the global era. Moreover, they often assume leadership roles in the broader campus community by developing student-led organizations and events, and they serve in communities beyond the Mount.