Honors Program

Why Honors?

The Honors Program is designed to help you develop your talents and explore your interests with a community of likeminded students and faculty. In honors courses, you will discuss ideas with a group of exceptional students, solve problems, serve the community, engage in intensive exploration of primary sources, or perform original research that may lead to a conference presentation or even a publication. We believe such study is a reward in itself. But the intensive nature of the Honors program is also excellent preparation for graduate school, professional careers, and for success in a world that is sure to become more complex as time passes.

As an honors student, you will work closely with honors faculty from across campus and receive an extraordinary amount of guidance and mentoring. Honors instructors are selected on the basis of their success as teachers and their distinction as scholars. Experts in their respective fields, they are passionate about their subject matter and deeply committed to their students. The honors faculty performs the roles of mentors, collaborators, and intellectual “coaches.” 

More than just a set of classes or an academic program the Honors Program at Drury University will be your community. You will be a part of the the Honors Student Association, which hosts regular dinners, plans a fall day trip, organizes outings to cultural events, and sponsors a Spring banquet. You can join the honors living, learning community in which honors students live and learn together in Sunderland Hall. As a juniors and senior, you will be encouraged and supported in their efforts to present your research or creative projects at academic conferences and other off-campus events.

Employers and graduate schools will value the skills you develop and experiences you gain. Success in the Honors Program will demonstrate that you can work independently, tackle difficult projects, solve problems, and be leaders. As an honor student, you will gain admission to top graduate schools and build a resumes that will impress future employers.


“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.