University Honors Program

A challenge worthy of your achievements.

You’ve already earned academic distinction. Now you want to explore bigger ideas, wrestle with bigger questions, and tackle bigger problems. Now you’re ready to join the University Honors Program.

About the Program
Be ready to achieve your goals

The University Honors Program will give you the skills and confidence you need to succeed after college. Whether you begin your career immediately or continue your education in graduate school, you’ll be ready to boldly pursue your passions.

A unique method of instruction

Your honors courses will go beyond simply learning the material. They will demand a lot of effort and a high level of engagement. You’ll dig deep into topics, participate in lively dialogues with your professors and fellow students, and get hands-on experience.

The foundations of success

In your first year, you’ll take a two-semester foundational track. This will be taught by a team of professors, each from a different discipline. By studying the intersections between multiple subjects, you’ll discover the connections that others miss — connections that may spark new interests, shift how you see and think about the world, or even become the focus of your future career.

First-year tracks:
Humanities Tutorial

Focuses on the origins of Western thought in Greek literature and philosophy, as well as special topics. The courses for 2016-2017 are:

  • Ancient Greece: From Mythos to Logos
  • Intimacy, Justice, and Power
Sciences Seminar

Focuses on special topics in the social and natural sciences. The courses for 2016-2017 are:

  • Power and Privilege
  • Field Studies: Local and Global Ecology
Classes that stimulate the mind

After your first year, you’ll take on three upper-division honors seminars. These special courses focus on unique topics that change every year. Examples of recent and upcoming seminars include:

  • Global Development
  • Music and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Experimental Modernism: Art, Ideas, Identities
  • Religious Conflict and Cooperation in Southeast Asia
  • Food, Ethics, and the Environment
How to Join
An exclusive invitation

The University Honors Program is invitation-only based on your application for admission to Cal Lutheran, and all students that qualify for the program will be contacted with registration information after May 1.

 If you were not invited, you can still apply for special entry.


If you have any questions about the University Honors Program, you can email:

Dr. Allison Wee at (the Director of the University Honors Program)

Wes Sullivan at (for questions about enrolling in the program)

What Our Students Say

Annika Stenfjord

The Honors Program encouraged me to broaden my typical class experiences. I have done independent research and taken courses ranging from music, to biology, to political science. It has also given me a network of talented friends from many different backgrounds and majors.

Annika Stenfjord '16
Marketing Communication major, Multimedia minor


Christopher Jelloian

The Honors Program really impacted my writing confidence and ability. It allowed me to challenge myself in classes that I would not have normally taken. They were all excellent courses that shaped my understanding of others and the world.

Christopher Jelloian '16
Physics major, Mathematics minor


Christina Geldert

What I really enjoyed about the Honors Program was that I was able to feel a different kind of challenge than the classes in my major. All of the honors courses broadened my scope and reminded me how everything fit back into the larger picture. Ultimately, it rounded out my college experience!

Christina Geldert '16
Biology major, Political Science minor


Brittany Smolarksi

The Honors Program is outstanding! I was able to explore exciting areas of study that were outside of the typical classes I took for my major. I cultivated strong, lasting relationships with professors from several departments.

Brittany Smolarski '16
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major