Dr. Regan Lance Reitsma, Director and Associate Professor of Philosophy
The Honors Program at King’s College provides the serious undergraduate scholar with unique opportunities to develop his or her intellectual and creative powers to their fullest extent. Students admitted to the Honors Program enjoy challenging coursework and individual attention from dedicated professors. The Academic Component of the Honors Program is designed to both guarantee each student a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of a liberal education and provide the flexibility each student needs to best pursue his or her own scholarly interests.
Honors students are kept abreast of opportunities for the publication of their work, the availability of stipends, internships, and study abroad programs. Students in the Honors Program are also especially encouraged to apply for prestigious fellowships and scholarships, including Fulbright and Rhodes Scholarships.
The center of student life in the Honors Program is the Honors Lounge (Hafey-Marian 504). In the casual, laid-back atmosphere of the lounge, students congregate for study groups and informal discussions. Equipped with computers, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a coffee maker, the Honors Lounge is a great place to work and spend time between classes. Once a month students host an informal discussion with a faculty member who engages students in conversation over pizza and soda in the lounge. Recent topics of faculty discussions include: “Harry Potter and Philosophy”; “How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life?”; “Your Mind, Your Brain, What’s the Difference?”; and “The History of Christmas”. The Honors Program also sponsors service projects, movie nights, and weekend excursions to New York City, Washington D.C., and Boston.
One of the highlights of the academic year is the annual Rev. Donald J. Grimes, C.S.C. Lecture, for which the Honors Program students invite a major speaker. One of our recent speakers was Jim Sciutto, Senior Foreign Correspondent for ABC News. Mr. Sciutto’s lecture “The New Face of America’s Enemies in the Muslim World” stimulated much discussion and debate.
Students who complete the Honors Program are awarded an Honors Certificate and Medal at graduation. The intellectual initiative and personal maturity demonstrated by Honors Program graduates gives them a substantial edge in finding employment and in applying to law school, medical school, and graduate school.