Honors Program

You want your study at Trinity to matter beyond your own life and concerns. But how can your college experience have an impact on the common good?

The Honors Program at Trinity can help you do that. Our Honors Program brings together students and professors that will help you take advantage of everything that is offered here on our campus and beyond. Honors students have early exposure to research and leadership while benefiting from following an intellectual path that adds depth and collaboration to their academic experience.

Think Wider, Reach Wider.

Why Trinity Honors?

Most Honors Programs emphasize undergraduate research. Trinity’s Honors Program teaches you a specific mode of investigation—community-based participatory research—so you can connect your own vocation and commitments to civic engagement for the common good.

Our Honors Program students have presented at national research conferences, participated in the Chicago Humanities Festival, and toured the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center as part of a seminar exploring Holocaust drama.

About the Honors Program

Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Honors Program is based on a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher and is open to incoming first-year students, transfer students, and current Trinity students.

Admission Process

Honors admissions for first-time freshman or transfer students is by invitation. Students who are accepted for admission to Trinity who meet the GPA requirement for Honors are invited to join the program by accepting the invitation through the admissions office portal.

Current Trinity students who are interested in joining the Honors Program should contact the program director, Dr. Lenore Knight Johnson.

Honors Program Requirements & Benefits


The honors program challenges and supports academically gifted students in a curriculum centered on leadership formation. Requirements for graduation with honors program designation include:

  • At least 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year
  • At least 3.5 cumulative GPA upon graduation.
  • Completion of the following courses (14 hours):
    • Honors Chicago Connect (3 credit hours)
    • Honors Thinking and Writing (3 credit hours)
    • Honors Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3 credit hours)
    • Honors Research (2-3 credits)
    • Honors Research Seminar (1 credit)

Program Benefits

The program cultivates leaders on Trinity’s campus, in communities beyond the College, and in students’ upcoming professional and graduate fields. Program benefits:

  • Full-time honors program students may take an overload up to 21 hours without charge during a semester when they are enrolled in an honors course.
  • Honors students may register for courses for the upcoming semester on the first day of registration in the Registrar’s Office.
  • First time nursing freshman Honors students who meet the ACT/SAT requirement for the Honor’s program are exempt from the requirement to take the TEAS, will receive clinical and lab placement to accommodate honors courses when possible, and prioritization to serve as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant (ULA) and Research Assistant.

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Dr. Lenore Knight-Johnson

co-director of The Honors Program,
associate professor of sociology