Honors Program

Honors Program

The Program

The DuBois Campus Honors Program provides opportunities for students who excel academically to take courses which challenge them beyond the routine standard. In addition to 10-15 officially designated "honors courses" offered at the campus per year, Honors Program members may also arrange "honors options" for courses already required (e.g., by major and general education requirements). Independent study courses and some special topics courses qualify as well.


Incoming freshmen with high school GPA 3.35 or above and with combined SAT scores (verbal/math) of 1150 or above are invited to join the program. Any returning student with cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above may also join. To remain a member of the program, a student must maintain cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above, take at least one honors course (or honors option) per year, and earn grades of B- or above in honors courses.


Honors Program members receive priority registration status and are able to enroll in the following semester's courses as early as possible. The program sponsors attendance or participation in conferences, or professional development opportunities, and can provide financial support. Program members may participate in field trips at little or no charge. (Past trips have included the Johnstown Flood Memorial and museum, and other local museums/attractions; a week-long trip to Massachusetts to visit several sites of historical, literary, and general interest; a week-long trip to the Grand Canyon and nearby sites; and European trips.)

By participating in the Honors Program, members also position themselves well to apply to the Schreyer Honors College at the University Park campus through the "sophomore gateway" or "junior gateway", if desired. (This is an important consideration for students whose majors will require completion at the University Park campus.)


For more information on the program, please contact Emily Thomas, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Instructor in Wildlife Technology at eht5002@psu.edu, 814-375-4746 or Evelyn Wamboye, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics at efw10@psu.edu, 814-375-4856.

(Note: The Delta Mu Sigma Honor Society is another, separate, organization of Penn State DuBois. For information on Delta Mu Sigma, please contact Prof. Anthony Vallone, ajv2@psu.edu)