The Honors Program


Rewa Burnham, Ph.D.


The Trinity Honors Program offers seminar-style classes that encourage women in the College of Arts and Sciences to think critically and to participate in intensive debate. Upon completing the program, students will be prepared to explore the intersection between theory and practice.

In addition to reinforcing the goals of the general education curriculum, the program emphasizes the following:

  1. Academic Excellence: To encourage students to achieve at their highest potential, both in their major fields and in the broader context of their liberal arts education. Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in all honors courses and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to remain in the program.
  2. Conscientious Leadership: To challenge students to develop greater insights into the values, attitudes, and assumptions they hold about themselves and others and to explore the connection between these values and the world around them. Scholars will learn to become effective leaders who promote social justice.
  3. Intellectual Ambition: To inspire students to investigate new areas of intellectual development, participate in new methods of learning, examine the connections between disciplines and approaches, and engage in original research.

First-year students are invited to participate in the Honors Program on the basis of their high school GPA, standardized test scores, and the college admissions essay. Sophomores and transfer students may be recommended by a professor or should apply to the Director of the Honors Program for consideration.

Students who are accepted in the Honors program will complete 6 honors-designated courses that include a research project with a focus on Social Justice within the candidate’s field of study. The Honors candidate must pass each class with a grade of B or higher in all Honors courses, maintain a 3.0 overall GPA, and provide 40 hours of community services by the end of their senior year. The student will have the notation “Honors Scholar” added to their transcripts at the time of graduation. This notation is separate and distinct from Latin honors.