The Honors Program offers talented and motivated students an educational experience that integrates curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular learning in both interdisciplinary and major areas of study. Honors courses are stimulating and challenging, and feature close faculty-student interaction within small classes. The honors sequence culminates in an intensive research project in the major during senior year. Students present this project to the campus community in the weeks before graduation during the SPARC festival.
Inclusion into the Honors Program at Mount St. Mary's University is offered to academically gifted incoming students and to talented students who apply to the program after their first or second year of study.
The George Henry Miles Society
The George Henry Miles Honors Society is the student led co-curricular portion of the Honors Program. It promotes an atmosphere of collegiality among its members through a series of socials, dinners, lectures and field trips. The GHM Society also sponsors university and local community service programs.
The GHM Society leadership and other interested honors students, in collaboration with the Director of the Honors Program, are developing interdisciplinary honors communities. These communities, or virtual houses, will connect students across disciplines around a shared focus. Students are envisioning four virtual houses: Technology, Ecology, Culture, and Religion. Honors students will be invited to participate in the virtual house of their choice. Within each house, honors students from different disciplines and concentrations across the four schools of the University become a cohort engaged in exploring the many dimensions of their shared interest. They do so by organizing panels, conferences and seminars; by coordinating relevant visits to museums, theaters, churches and temples, embassies, corporations, courts of law, and other institutions in the New York-Washington corridor; by conducting excursions through natural settings from the Catoctin Mountain range to the Atlantic Ocean; by engaging with the diverse cultural offerings of the Baltimore-Washington area, and more.
The GHM Society students and the Director of the Honors Program expect the establishment of the four houses by end of fall semester 2012.
Campus Residence for Honors Students
Honors students are given different options for housing. Among these options is the Honors Living-Learning community. Located in Sheridan Hall for freshmen students and in Bicentennial Hall for upperclassmen students, this residential setting provides members of the Honors program with opportunities to continue their collaborative learning experiences.
The Honors Commons is a lounge dedicated to the activities of our Honors students. Honors students use the Honors Commons to study as well as to play. In it they also hold student-led meetings, host seminars and organize dinners.
Three full-tuition annual scholarships are awarded to students who perform superbly during an on-campus, written examination in January and excel at a personal interview. The requirement for participation is a 3.5 GPA combined with either an SAT score of 1150 or higher (reading and math only), or an ACT score of 25 or higher. Contact the admissions office for dates and eligibility.