For fifty years Gonzaga University has offered intellectually gifted and highly motivated students a stimulating broad-based curriculum that engages the whole person. In addition to a number of small seminars across the liberal arts, the program seeks to mature students psychologically, socially and spiritually through the informal setting of Hopkins house, where students can study together, watch movies, cook meals or simply hang out between classes.
Furthermore, the program offers weekend getaways, service learning opportunities and annual colloquia that focus on personal appropriation through critical reflection on various dimensions of contemporary life. Study abroad opportunities in the junior year serve to further broaden students' horizons by exposing them to diverse foreign cultures and to the wider emergent global society. In short, the Honors Program offers gifted students the opportunity to discover their world and learn their individual calling within it.
In addition to the rich and challenging discussions found in the Honors Program classes, several benefits are awarded to Honors students:
- $1000/year scholarship (in addition to a generous merit scholarship)
- Waiver of cost for excess credits (19-24 credits). This benefit often allows students to double major, complete additional concentrations, and/or take a wide range of classes from various subject areas.
- Honors students may apply their Gonzaga Financial Aid while studying abroad (even if the program is non-Gonzaga sponsored). Additionally, they may apply to programs specifically for Honors students at Oxford, England and Glasgow, Scotland.
- The Honors Program Director serves as an additional advisor to each Honors student.
- Honors students participate in a lively community and have access to Hopkins Honors House twenty-four hours a day.