The Catholic University of America

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Welcome to the University Honors Program!

The University Honors Program at The Catholic University of America offers a challenging and inspiring liberal arts program to motivated students with outstanding academic promise. The faculty are drawn from among the most knowledgeable scholars and finest undergraduate teachers at the university. The curriculum, developed under the leadership of Honors Program founder Ingrid Merkel with support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to some of the major intellectual and cultural currents in the West while encouraging them to reflect on some of the great questions that demand answers, more or less insistently, in every age. Through the give and take of intimate, seminar-style classes, UHP students find themselves pushed to be more broad-minded and rigorous, more thoughtful, quicker on their feet, more keenly critical, and more humane in their pursuit of the truth.

In addition to an outstanding academic program, the UHP offers a variety of excellent social and cultural opportunities, ranging from the annual Christmas dinner, to trips to the theater, to scenic hikes in Maryland and Virginia, to spring break trips to Vienna, Madrid, and other major European cities. Those who choose to live in the Centennial Village Honors Community enjoy even more opportunities for enrichment, including dinner and discussion with invited professors, movie nights, and group excursions into Washington.

For qualified students, the University Honors Program at The Catholic University of America offers the opportunity to take a great education and make it even better. I invite you to read more about the program and contact us if you would like to learn more.


Jennifer Paxton
Director, University Honors Program

Upcoming Events

Hitchhiker's Guide to Culture: The Strange Election of 2016 with Dr. John White
October 28th, 4:00pm, McDonald Lounge

Spring 2017 Course Registration for Honors Students
November 7th, 7:00 am, Cardinal Station

Hitchhiker's Guide to Culture: Reflections from Inside the Synod on the Family with Dr. John Grabowski 
November 11th, 4:00pm, McDonald Lounge

Hitchhiker's Guide to Culture: This is Your Brain...on Brains! with Dr. Nancy Adelman
November 18th, 4:00pm, McDonald Lounge

Annual Christmas Dinner
December 6th, Great Rooms, 6:00pm