The Honors Program is devoted to intellectual excellence, exemplified by the creative interplay of teaching, learning, and scholarship. If you are curious and love to explore ideas, the Honors Program is for you! You’ll ask questions and seek answers relentlessly. Your classmates and professors will offer support and encouragement, and they’ll challenge you as well. You’ll be with like-minded students who pursue ideas and knowledge with passion and persistence.

Susquehanna’s Honors Program supports your commitment to discovery and achievement. Your faculty are dedicated to their teaching and to your success.

We select Honors students from the top 10% of the enrolling class academically from all majors. We expect that you will embrace the total Susquehanna experience by contributing as leaders, performers, athletes and community servants in addition to your intense academic commitments.

You'll follow a sequence of special courses and projects—complemented by discussion groups, lectures, off-campus visits and residential programs—throughout your four years at Susquehanna. You'll join faculty at special events and conferences sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council.

And first-year Honors students will live together in a living-learning community designed specifically for them within a first-year residence hall.

In recognition of the special academic challenge you embrace as an Honors student, beginning with the Class of 2023, you receive a $250 book stipend per semester to support your success.

Curriculum. Students typically enroll in one Honors course during each of their eight semesters at Susquehanna.

During the first year, students enroll in HONS-100 Thought, which focuses on ideas and their expression, and HONS-200 Thought and Civilization, an interdisciplinary look at literature and cultures. In their sophomore year, students select either HONS-240 Thought and Social Diversity or HONS-250 Thought and the Natural Sciences, which offer cross-disciplinary approaches. Each of these courses satisfies requirements in the Central Curriculum.

Sophomore Honors students also enroll in HONS-290 Sophomore Essay/Project, in which they write and present a position paper/science project/visual project on a self-designed topic. This experience offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty early in their undergraduate careers.
As juniors and seniors, students select eight semester hours from a series of 300-level Honors seminars that serve as especially interesting and challenging electives. As seniors, they enroll in HONS-400, the Honors Program capstone course.

The Faculty. Honors Program faculty, selected from many disciplines and departments, are committed to fostering a diverse and challenging intellectual community for the university.

Continued Participation. Students participating in the Honors Program must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.40 during each semester at Susquehanna. If a student earns a grade below a C- in any Honors-designated course, the student, at the discretion of the director, may be removed automatically from the Honors Program.

These courses are often designed primarily for students in a departmental major, but have been opened to Honors students from any major.

Several 300-level Honors classes are normally offered each semester, and they rotate by semester. Students in the Honors program follow a curricular grid that is different from the Central Curriculum because they take specialized courses in critical thinking.

In the past two years, these courses were offered:

  1. History of American Medicine
  2. History of the Book
  3. Pan-Africanism
  4. Just War Theory
  5. Issues in Democracy
  6. Pennsylvania's Pasts & Publics
  7. Shakespeare 
  8. Civil Liberties 
  9. Human Physiology
  10. 20th Century Music and History 
  11. International Organizations 
  12. Diversity in American Politics 
  13. Philosophy After the Holocaust 
  14. Psycholinguistics 
  15. Religious Fundamentalisms 
  16. Medieval Myths and Narratives 
  17. International Political Econ 
  18. Luther: Life and Thought 
  19. Awesome At Life 
  20. Constitutional Law 
  21. American Foreign Policy 
  22. Violence, Terror and Race 
  23. History of American Women's Health 
  24. The Long Civil Rights Movement 
  25. Family and Kinship
Anna Andes, Ph.D.

Department: Theatre
Associate Professor of Theatre

Email Address andes@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4664

Matthew L. Duperon, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

duperon@susqu.edu
570-372-4741

Jack Russell Holt, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address holt@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4205

Drew Hubbell, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English

hubbell@susqu.edu
570-372-4203

Martina Kolb, Ph.D.

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Associate Professor of German

Email Address kolb@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4712

Marcos Krieger

Department: Music

kriegerm@susqu.edu
570-372-4292

Heather Lang, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English

Email Address langh@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4658

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music

longp@susqu.edu
570-372-4289

Jeffrey K. Mann, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Email Address jmann@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4165

Karen E. Mura, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English

mura@susqu.edu
570-372-4201

María L.O. Muñoz, Ph.D.

Department: History
Associate Professor of History

Email Address munozm@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4734

Rolfe D. Peterson

Department: Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science

peterson@susqu.edu
570-372-4170

Randy Robertson, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address robertson@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4630

Karol K. Weaver, Ph.D.

Department: History
Professor of History

weaverk@susqu.edu
570-372-4193

We offer preferential housing in a traditional residence hall to students who are admitted into and choose to join the Honors program.

In that space, you'll participate in a series of events—including films, speakers and panels—aimed at fostering intellectual curiosity, discussions and chances to learn outside the classroom.

With input from Honors instructors and the Honors council (made up of Honors students who represent the community), we'll select the topics and events throughout the academic year.

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Honors Program

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Phone & Email

Marcos Krieger
570-372-4292
kriegerm@susqu.edu

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