Honors Program

The Honors Program offers accomplished students unique classes that encourage the exploration of ideas beyond traditional academic boundaries and strengthen skills that make students successful learners.

Honors general education classes allow students to assume high levels of responsibility for their learning. The classes are structured to encourage students to speak out on issues and be more involved in the learning process. Honors general education classes are offered during the fall, winter and spring terms.

Requirements for First Year Students

  • Minimum ACT composite score of 26.
  • Be in the first quartile of their graduating class.
  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.6.

First year students who do not meet the stated criteria but believe they could do well in the Honors Program may petition the Honors Advisory Council for a probationary admittance to the Honors Program.

Honors Seminars

Honors seminars are unique interdisciplinary seminars taught by faculty from a variety of disciplines. Honors seminars are offered during the fall, winter and spring terms, and are open to all students with at least sophomore standing and a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Transfer Students

Transfer students from Kirkwood Community College who have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 at the end of their first year at Kirkwood and have completed a one credit hour Honors Project with at least a grade of B or better are qualified to receive the Mount Mercy University Honors Scholarship as follows:

  • During their second academic year at Kirkwood they will be permitted to take one Honors section course or any three-credit-hours regular course offered at sophomore or junior levels at Mount Mercy free of charge.
  • Those who take an Honors section course and pass it with a grade of B or better will be accepted into the Honors Program.

Transfer student from other colleges and universities who have successfully completed honors courses at other colleges and universities may petition for the courses to apply towards Honors requirements at Mount Mercy.

Recognition

Students will be recognized as graduating with Distinction in the Honors Program and awarded honors cords to be worn at graduation if they meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in classes designated "Honors." At least six semester hours (two courses) must be in Honors seminars. The other semester hours can be chosen from Honors general education courses or Honors seminars.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.4.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all Honors seminars and Honors courses.

Contact Us

Joy OchsJoy Ochs, Ph.D.
Honors Program Director
jochs@mtmercy.edu

“Honors students are creative and ambitious. Most go on to have success in their careers. What they gain from the Honors Program is a sense of confidence in speaking and writing, skills in collaboration and leadership, and an ability to deal with ‘shades of gray’ in problems that are often presented as black or white. Those are skills that transfer to any career.”