Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

Honors Program

Program Highlights

General Education Courses:

Honors students explore the liberal arts in greater depth and variety through courses that differ in quality and substance from the courses offered in the traditional curriculum.

Seminar Courses:

Want a different kind of course? Why not design your own? The Honors Program offers one credit seminars that are designed by honors students themselves.


Students complete an honors thesis in their senior year within their major field. Students work with a faculty mentor when writing the thesis, and the program culminates with public presentations of the honors theses.

Honors Council:

Four honors students are elected to the Honors Council, where they participate in the development of all aspects of the program, from the approval of all honors courses to the planning of social activities.


Honors students have the following benefits:

•  You can live with other honors students in a "living and learning community" in the residence halls

•  You attend cultural events like the St. Louis Speaker Series or shows at the Fox Theater

•  You work with a faculty mentor and engage in independent research

•  You present research at academic conferences specifically for honors students

•  You register for courses prior to other students in your class

•  You check out Holman Library materials for twice as long as other students

•  You have greater access to speakers and other VIPs that visit the campus

•  You have a competitive advantage when applying for graduate, medical, and law schools



Incoming first year students with a minimum high school GPA of 3.6 and an ACT score of 27 are eligible for the honors program. Other McKendree students and transfer students with at least four semesters remaining and a minimum 3.6 college GPA are also eligible. Students may apply to the program by submitting a faculty letter of recommendation and a written letter of application to the Honors Program director.

Honors students enroll in at least one honors course each semester.  Students generally take honors courses that fulfill general education requirements in their first six semesters. They may sometimes enroll in one credit seminars mutually designed by faculty and honors students. During the final two semesters students complete a research thesis or a creative product in the student’s major field. Students must take a minimum of 16 hours of honors courses to complete the program.

Honors Program Director

Brian FrederkingDr. Brian Frederking

Professor of Political Science
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 204
(618) 537-6913