Innovative programs for high-level thinkers


College is about gaining new perspectives.

  • Do you want to be challenged beyond a traditional major?
  • Do you value creative approaches to problem solving?
  • Do you enjoy actively engaging with ideas with like-minded peers and professors?

At Jewell, we offer two honors programs that will take you on a deeper journey beyond the traditional classroom experience.

Honors Institute in Critical Thinking

If you like to be challenged, explore new ideas, take risks and make a difference in the life of communities, you will thrive in the Honors Institute. Alongside the major of your choice, Fellows take a course each semester that delves into critical thinking and problem-based learning beyond the traditional core curriculum. Your self-designed practicum centered around a world issue showcases your innovation, divergent thinking and risk taking—and it serves as a portfolio for employers and graduate schools.

Honors Institute

Oxbridge Honors Program

If you have a high academic profile and are interested in a reading- and writing-intensive program with a full year of study in Oxford, England, explore our Oxbridge Honors Program. This Ivy-League status program with six majors is based on the British tutorial methods of instruction, with a tutor leading classes of one to four students. More demanding than a traditional college major, the rigor pays off, with alumni completing post-graduate studies at some of the world’s finest institutions and receiving prestigious honors and fellowships.

Oxbridge Honors

Recognition of Achievement

Jewell has a number of ways to recognize your excellence in the classroom and pursuit of additional challenges.

  • Graduating with Honors and Distinction

    If you complete a project within your declared major and have a 3.5 GPA, you will graduate with honors. Honors Institute Fellows may complete a honors project within their major if they choose. You will graduate with Distinction if you complete a project outside your major.

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  • Grade Point Average

    In recognition of achievement in any major, citations will be awarded at graduation:

    • Summa cum laude – 3.9-4.0 GPA
    • Magna cum laude – 3.8-3.899 GPA
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  • Dean’s List

    Announced each semester for students enrolled in at least 14 credit hours with a GPA of 3.7 or higher

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  • Phi Epsilon Honor Society

    Membership awarded to students whose GPAs place them in the top 10% of the graduating class

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  • Academic Honor Societies

    A number of majors recognize leadership, scholarship and research through induction into honor societies. At graduation, you will wear honor cords denoting your membership. Learn more about academic honoraries.

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