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

Academic Advising
March 13-24
Appointments will be made through

HRC Social
March 24th, 5:00 pm, McDonald Lounge

Fall 2017 Course Registration for Honors Students
March 27th, 7:00 am, Cardinal Station

HRC trip to Goddard Space Flight Center
March 31st, Trip is full

Honors Program Internal Application Deadline
April 3, 2017

Honors Evening and Odyssey Day for Prospective Students
April 6-7th

Annual Spring Dinner
April 10th, Caldwell Auditorium, 6:00pm

Research Day
April 20th

HRC Social
April 21st, 5:00 pm, McDonald Lounge

Honors Convocation
May 12, 1:00 pm, Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Honors Program Cake Reception
May 12th, 2:30 pm