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EIU Pine Honors College

Departmental Honors

The Departmental Honors Program is designed for students who have begun upper division work or courses within a declared major.

Most departments on campus offer this advanced specialization within their discipline. The program permits eligible students to participate in the Honors College by taking 12 hours of advanced, individualized work within their major and/or area of interest.

Departmental Honors classes are primarily individualized course sections, research, independent study, and thesis supervised by professors who are distinguished in their field. Departmental Honors allows students to pursue areas of personal interest by delving deeply and independently into a topic.

Admission Criteria

Generally students admitted to departmental honors will have a strong EIU GPA (particularly in the major) and will have demonstrated an ability to do independent work in the discipline by having performed well in several classes. Each department has its own departmental honors coordinator who is responsible for admitting students. 

Transfer students who have not completed 12 hours at EIU may be admitted with the recommendation of the Departmental Honors Coordinator.

Honors Requirements

Program requirements vary slightly within the departments, but generally require 12 hours of coursework in independent study, research, graduate work, and thesis. Courses typically substitute for major requirements.

The Departmental Honors Coordinator is the primary supervisor for the program. Departmental Honors provides students with an exceptional opportunity for interaction and mentoring by faculty who are paramount in their field.

The Application for Departmental Honors must be completed by the Departmental Honors Coordinator in consultation with the student.

Programs and Coordinators

For more details on specific program requirements, please contact the Departmental Honors Coordinators in the specific department.


Faculty Name Department Phone 
(217 area code)
Barbara Carlsward Biological Sciences 581-3223
Tina Wang Business 581-3526
Rebecca Peebles Chemistry 581-6228
Angela Anthony Communication Disorders & Sciences 581-2712
Rich Jones Communication Studies 581-3324
Linda Ghent Economics 581-2719 
Tim Engles English 581-6297
Christiane Eydt-Beebe Foreign Languages 581-5562
David Viertel Geology/Geography 581-6244
Lauri DeRuiter-Willems Health Promotion 581-5761
Ed Wehrle History  
Jeanne Lord Human Services & Community Leadership 581-6019
Eunseong Kim Journalism 581-5003
Andrew Parrish Mathematics & Computer Science 581-7530
Rebecca Johnson Music 581-7042
Jonelle DePetro Philosophy 581-3502
Donald Pakey Physics 581-3420
Kevin Anderson Political Science 581-2619
Steve Scher Psychology 581-7269
James Barkley Recreation Administration 581-6344
William Lovekamp Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology 581-6217
Kathryn Havercroft Special Education  581-5315
Isaac Slaven Technology 581-7259
Anne Thibault Theatre Arts 581-3121


Graduation Certification

Students who have completed the Departmental Honors requirements and have a 3.5 GPA at graduation will be certified as graduates of the Honors College.

Here is the template for the title page to be used as the cover of Honors theses and final projects: Thesis Title Page Template  (will download as a word document)

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Contact Information

Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College

Pemberton Hall South
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2017
(888) 440-4664
Fax: (217) 581-7222

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