Welcome to the Honors College

For more than thirty years, Honors students at Eastern have expanded their minds, engaged in intense learning experiences, and grown as scholars and citizens. As a community dedicated to excellence and achievement, the Honors College welcomes students from all majors. The University Honors curriculum boasts a wide range of small, discussion-driven seminars which contribute to student general education requirements. Honors is also a gateway to opportunities for research, Study Abroad, National Student Exchange, and service-learning. The Honors College also coordinates Eastern's many Departmental Honors programs, ideal for students who want to prepare themselves for the highest levels of accomplishment in their chosen discipline.

Beyond the classroom, the Honors College is a gathering place for students, honors staff and faculty mentors to meet, socialize, and talk. Informal gatherings on-campus or off-campus cultural excursions are great places to learn from each other, to build supportive networks for learning and exploration, and to have fun. The Association of Honors Students and the Honors College both offer a variety of extra-curricular events that forge a community of people who want to realize their full potential for learning and growth, together.

Great faculty members from across the university teach honors at every level, from introductory thinking and writing classes, to capstone classes that help seniors integrate their learning across disciplinary boundaries. The Honors College also draws on the wisdom and support of its alumni, who have gone on to success in many different careers. As the new Dean of the Honors College, 

Portrait of Dean England

I am looking forward to meeting with (and learning from) the many students, faculty, and alumni who have built and are continuing to contribute to the Honors legacy of excellence at Eastern.

I hope that our Honors pages not only answer any questions you might have, but also encourage you to get in touch with us to find out more. We have now moved to glamorous new quarters on the second floor of Pemberton Hall South. Do come and find us there; together we can continue to build on the strengths of Honors.

Dr. Richard England
Dean, Honors College
rengland@eiu.edu
217-581-2017