Honors Program

Excel as a leader while exploring your interests, talents, and creativity

A student presents an Honors Thesis
A student presents an Honors Thesis
If you excel as a student, the O’Neill Honors Program can help you advance even further. Join a group of motivated, gifted students for the opportunity to deepen your areas of study with advanced coursework and in-depth research and mentoring with O’Neill faculty.

Want more information?

You have a network of support. First, contact your academic advisor. If you still have questions, contact the O’Neill Honors Program or the program director.

Honors Opportunities and Benefits

  • Working one-on-one on independent research with O’Neill faculty members
  • Networking with a community of high-achieving O’Neill student peers and friends
  • Opportunities for funding for academic travel, research, or internships
  • Competitive advantage for student engagement opportunities, including the Washington Leadership Program and the Indiana Leadership Program
  • Reduced requirements for applications to O’Neill’s #1 ranked masters programs
  • Graduating with a O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs honors notation on your undergraduate transcript and diploma

Students are also eligible for opportunities from Hutton Honors College, no-cost graduate study carrels in Wells Library, and other university-wide resources.

To be eligible for the O’Neill Honors Program, you must have completed 30 credit hours, have earned both a O’Neill and cumulative GPA of 3.700 or above, and have at least three semesters remaining on campus. Once you have met these requirements, you will receive an invitation to participate.

Honors Thesis and Presentation

As an O’Neill Honors student, you will complete and present an undergraduate honors thesis—it’s a crucial component of the Honors Program. Your 25-35 page thesis represents the culmination of an in-depth research project focused on a specific topic or theme.

Honors Forms

Once you’ve completed your forms, turn them in to the Undergraduate Programs Office.