College Honors Program

College Honors Program


The College Honors Program exemplifies Messiah College's commitment to academic excellence and fostering an intellectually rigorous Christian world view.

The College Honors Program is designed for students who demonstrate high scholarly ability early in their academic career.  The program provides a series of interdisciplinary honors courses which satisfy selected general education requirements.  Participation in the program culminates in an honors research project, typically during the senior year.  In addition, various campus activities are designed each semester for participants in the College Honors Program.

Admission to the program is highly competitive and students selected for the College Honors Program receive either full tuition (Trustees') or partial tuition (President's or Faculty) scholarships.


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On July 1, Dr. James LaGrand will become the new Director of the College Honors Program, replacing founding Director, Dr. Dean Curry, who will be retiring after 38 years at Messiah. Dr. LaGrand is currently Professor of American History as well as Director of the Core Course. Dr. LaGrand joined Messiah’s faculty in 1997. Dr. LaGrand brings to his new role a passion for Christian higher education as well as a life-long commitment to fostering academic excellence. “I am delighted by Dr. LaGrand’s appointment,” says Dr. Curry. “I can’t think of a better and more qualified person to lead the College Honors Program in the years ahead.”



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