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Honors Program

Honors Program

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About the Honors Program

The University Honors Programs provides Santa Clara's most able students with intellectual opportunities based in small, seminar-style classes. With no more than 17 students each, seminars emphasize analytical rigor, effective expression, and interaction among professors and students. In the classroom and elsewhere on campus, students enjoy a level of collaboration exceptional even at Santa Clara.

The course of study combines broadly based, liberal learning with depth of specialization in a major field. Honors Program classes are designed to fit within the curricula of the humanities, natural and social sciences, business, and engineering. Possible majors include every undergraduate field in the university.

Honors Program students participate fully in campus life. They enroll in many regular-session classes, live in the residence halls, and join in co-curricular and service activities.

Faithful to the university's history and identity, the University Honors Program welcomes students from diverse geographic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. All are young men and women blessed with rare potential for responsible leadership in their communities and professions.

Two SCU Students Awarded Goldwater "Honorable Mention" in 2017 Competition!

"The Goldwater is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering in America"

Delaney Gray (University Honors Program)
Field of Study: BioEngineering
Career Goal: genetic diseases or personalized medicine
Mentor: Dr. Leilani Miller

Jennifer Yin
Field of Study: Biochemistry and Biology
Career Goal: design of pain medications, focusing on improving targeted drug delivery while working in a national laboratory.
Mentors: Dr. Grace Stokes, Dr. Janice Edgerly-Rooks

2017 Goldwater Press Release



How to Apply

Winter 2017 Events

Feb. 6, 8, 13, 17: Beyond Guilt: Solidarity Through Action

  • Beyond Guilt: Solidarity Through Action is a two week educational campaign hosted by Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP) and the Multicultural Center of SCU. Our first event is this coming Monday February 6th, 5:30-7:00pm in the California Mission Room. Join us for and Access to Health Care Simulation. 

Feb. 13: Hunger Banquet, 6-7:30 pm, Sobrato Commons

Feb. 14: UHP Presents -- "The Physics of Star Trek". Speaker: Dr. Phil Kesten, 7:30-8:30 pm, Daly Science 206

Feb. 16: UHP Academic Advising Panel, 6-8 pm

Feb. 22: Reyna Grande Reading, 5:30-7 pm, St. Clare Room (third floor of library)

Feb. 22: 2017 Regan Lecturer: Mildred Cho, "Moral Frameworks for Synthetic Biology in the Age of Biohacking". 5 pm, Williman Room.

Feb. 28 : Admiral Eric Olson, former Commander Navy SEALs and USSOCOM; Conscientious Leadership Speaker Series

  • “Operating with Purpose, Values & Accountability in an Uncertain World”
  • Locatelli, 5:30 pm

Mar. 7: David Krane, Managing Director of Google Ventures; Conscientious Leadership Speaker Series

March (date TBD): Senior Thesis Workshop

Feb-March (dates TBD): Senior Graduation Advising Appointments