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Departmental Honors Program


The Departmental Honors Program in Human Services will allow students (including transfer students) who have already declared a major to begin upper division major courses and to participate in an academic honors experience. This program offers an advanced specialization within the Department of Human Services. The program includes courses with honors level expectations, research, independent study and thesis options, all of which allow students to customize their experience by following areas of personal interest through more intense and comprehensive exploration with the guidance of a professor/mentor.




Program Admission Requirements:

Admission to the departmental honors program in Human Services requires:

Overall GPA Pathway
  • 12 credit hours completed at EIU with cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • HSL Major GPA or Minor GPA of 3.5 or higher (based on 6 credit hours of HSL courses
  • Permission of HSL Departmental Honors Program Coordinator and Dean of Pine Honors College


Major GPA Pathway
  • 12 credit hours completed at EIU including 9 credit hours of HSL courses
  • Major GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • Permission of HSL Departmental Honors Program Coordinator and Dean of Pine Honors College 

All enrolled students must meet with the Departmental Honors Coordinator in addition to their undergraduate academic advisor to select classes. There are a total of four classes for the program.

Two Required Courses (6 credit hours):

  • HSL 4555 / HPR 4555 - Honors Research (3 credit hours)
  • HSL 4644 - Honors Thesis/Capstone (3 credit hours)

Two Elective Courses (select 6 credit hours):

  • Graduate level Human Services course (3 credit hours)
  • Study Abroad (3+ credit hours) *Pending COVID-19 travel guidelines
  • HSL 4444 Honors Independent Study (3 credit hours)
  • University Honors course (3 credit hours)
  • Internship (3 credit) [Supplemental to internship required for the Human Services program]


Departmental Honors Coordinator: Dr. Mikki Sherwood

Contact Information: Email


Departmental Honors Flyer

Departmental Honors Program Application

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Dr. M. Sherwood, Chairperson
Department of Human Services

Klehm Hall 2014

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