The Honors Program is more than an academic program; it is a community of like-minded individuals. Through interaction in the Honors seminars and colloquia, Honors retreats and events, and hanging around Hopkins House, students have ample opportunity to from friendships with their fellow classmates. This creates a unique sense of community, an "Honors family" within the larger Gonzaga community.
The Honors Community
Arguably the best part of being an Honors student is having the Honors family. For the freshmen in their first months of college life, being a part of the program provides a catalyst for forming friendships with classmates, and the Hopkins house provides a homey atmosphere that can be a refreshing break from life in the dorms. In sophomore, junior, and senior year, the friendships within the Honors Program are often some of the closest friendships formed during college.
Hopkins House: the Honors House
One of the most popular features of the Honors Program is Hopkins House, where students can rest and relax, as well as do homework away from dorm distractions and gather together in small study groups. Hopkins has a warm living room, kitchen and the director's office on the first floor, an electronic seminar room and two study rooms with computers on the second floor, and a study room area with two more computers on the third floor. The third floor, colloquially known as Mt. Olympus, also has an entertainment center. Altogether, Hopkins has five computers available to students all equipped with high-speed internet access through the Gonzaga network as well as access to a network pritner, copier, scanner, and fax machine. Hopkins is also wireless for students with laptops to link up to the University network or the internet. Hopkins facilities are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Take a tour of Hopkins House.
Piraeus is a house available for Honors students. Freshmen and sophomores live in the dorms, while juniors and seniors are offered the option of living in Piraeus. There is a guest room in Piraeus that is available to incoming students who are interested in the Honors Program. Take a tour of Piraeus.
Faculty and Students
Honors students cut across all ideological, geographic, socioeconomic, and ethnic lines. The Program prides itself in its diversity of perspectives and personalities. It includes students from private and public high schools who major in a wide variety of disciplines. Program graduates are regularly placed in highly competitive graduate and professional programs throughout the country.
The Director of the Honors Program is Fr. Tim Clancy, S.J., Associate Professor of Philosophy. He specializes in Romantic philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of technology. Honors faculty members are a selectively rotated cross-section of Gonzaga's most experienced professors. These professors' profiles and personalities are as diverse as the students', providing a strong balance between classical and progressive teaching methodologies.
Honors Program in the Gonzaga Community
The Honors Program also cultivates a sense of civic responsibility and service to those less fortunate. Honors students have traditionally been very involved in wider student life, particularly in theater, choir, music ensembles, student government, and the student newspaper. Some Honors students have also played important roles in retreat programs through University Ministry and in freshman orientation through the Department of Student Life. All Honors students are expected to have some involvement in the wider University. While most Honors students go on to pursue advanced degrees, a substantial number of students end up deciding to enter the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (J.V.C.) and other service programs before heading off to graduate school. Honors students graduate with BA, Honors or BS, Honors.