Honors program

Honors Program

Honors Program

The Vincennes University Honors Program is open to outstanding students of all majors who wish to develop their talents to the fullest. Through a combination of honors courses, leadership opportunities, cultural events, and creative activity, the Honors Program is designed to enhance the intellectual lives of the students who participate as well as the University's academic community.

Students in the Honors Program are distinguished by their participation in this special program. Academic honors may be an additional distinction for Honors students as well as other students at VU. The Honors Program definitely has its advantages, including scholarships, enrichment activities, and special academic benefits.

Benefits of Honors Program Participation

  1. A breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that employees prioritize
  2. A learning community for high-achieving students with networking possibilities
  3. Leadership opportunities and personalized study opportunities with faculty members
  4. Field trips and social events
  5. Unique, enhanced learning opportunities, experiences, and projects in major program courses
  6. Courses fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements as well as reading/writing and speaking intensive requirements 
  7. Program participation scholarship of about $250 each semester
  8. Housing grants of up to $500 per semester available for students who live in VU dorms and preferential placement in dorm rooms with other High-GPA and honors students
  9. Opportunities for additional scholarships and guidance in application
  10. Official transcript reflects Honors Program course completion

honors program courses information

What Do I Actually Do in the Honors Program?

Good question! The Honors Program requirements are designed to be flexible and responsive to your academic goals, interests, and course schedules. The requirements include interesting and rewarding course projects, guided independent research, and professional development opportunities all throughout your time at VU.  These activities and experiences occur within three major requirements, with one requirement completed each semester. The requirements are explained below.

Requirement I: Honors Seminar Course

Honors Seminar is a general education course that explores cultural phenomena around the world and throughout history.  Honors Seminar is a Writing/Reading and Speaking Intensive course and satisfies UCC elective requirements, depending on your degree plan. It’s the only “stand-alone” course required for the program.

In Honors Seminar, we’ll study major foundational elements of society; they may include government, technology, medicine, artistry and expression, inequality, religion, and so much more.  We study these issues in order to see how they continually reoccur, especially in society today.  As a part of this study, one goal is to study the leaders of the past (kings, philosophers, revolutionaries) and present (tech geniuses, business leaders, presidents) and figure out their roles shaping culture so that we can see how possible it is to shape ours for the future.

Requirement II: Honors Impact Project

Do you want to get the most you can out of your major? Do you want to best prepare yourself for your dream career? The Honors Impact connects the Honors experience to the major course. You’ll work individually with a faculty member from your major and develop an “Honors Impact” to complete so that you get an additional experience and insight into your career field – beyond what others in the class are doing. This course counts for your major program credit, and it is listed as an Honors Program course as well on your transcript.

Honors Impact components might include one or more of the following:

  • An additional research-based project that culminates in an essay or presentation.
  • A unique exploration or experience with the course’s topics, perhaps through an internship or service project.
  • An active leadership task in class meetings, through leading discussions or demonstrations as applicable.
  • An active leadership role outside of class meetings, providing support and guidance for other students in the class through peer tutoring/study sessions, or other mentorship and service.

Requirement III: Honors Capstone Research & Professional Development

The Honors Program wants to give all students a chance to explore a project they care about. It might be in your major, or it might be something you’re just interested in investigating. Almost anything can be a Capstone Research Project, including research essays, new works or creations, demonstrations, internships and service learning projects, and much more.  You work with a faculty member to complete the research and develop the appropriate project for you. After you’re done, you share your findings and celebrate your achievements with the Vincennes University community, your family, and yours friends.

Additionally, you’ll assist in hosting seminars with speakers from education, business, politics, and other community and thought leaders. These seminars serve as valuable networking opportunities in order to build relationships beyond Vincennes University.  

Finally, you put all of your work together to create an Honors Portfolio that includes major projects from Honors Program and other materials that would best prepare you for your future endeavors, tailored to your goals and discipline.

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Upon completing these requirements, you’ll have a broader knowledge of your topic (which you know employers will love) and just a better ability to think critically and solve problems (which employers constantly tell us are the two top qualities they want in employees, regardless of major or job). You’ll develop friendships and cultivate connections with faculty and others that will follow you well after your years in highschool. Last, but certainly not least, you will have saved a little money thanks to the stipends and scholarships provided for Honors Students. Sounds like a win-win for everyone, right?

Honors Program Testimonials

Honor Student Testamonials


  • "Getting the opportunity to explore a new city while simultaneously learning innovative and fascinating information, and all at the cost of just a couple breakfast meals, is certainly one that is rare to come by. On my trip to the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) in Kansas City, Missouri, however, that exceptional occasion is exactly what was presented to me. I traveled with my Honors Contemporary Civilization professor, Mrs. Laurel Smith, to Kansas City on October 20th through the 23rd to attend captivating and informative sessions, serve as a student moderator, and explore the city."

  • - Jordan Hertau, Honors Program member

  • "I was just named as a Distinquished Academic All-american in 2009-2010. I was also the only student, as well as the  only international student ever in the school to receive this honor and award.  Yet, I know i would not be able to get it without you, who always teach me patiently, have my back  and support me always. Therefore, may this honor not be mine, but to all the other people who have, and will always be loving me and  supporting me no matter what comes my way."

  • - Eva Lam, Phi Theta Kappa member

  • "I can't imagine a better group of leaders at VU.  I am most proud of VU as the foundation for everything that I have done regarding my education. Much of the motivation and encouragement to aim high came directly from you (VU honors professors)".

  • - Cheyenne Riker, Honors Program member

Interested in meeting other students in Honors Program? Check out the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at http://www.ptk.org/.

Contact Information


Heidi Tasa

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 812-316-2645

Email: htasa@vinu.edu

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