Honors Program Opportunities

Honors Program Opportunities

Honors Courses

Each semester the campus offers courses specifically designated for Honors students. These courses cover a range of subject areas and are appropriate for students in all fields of study. 

Honors Options

The Honors Option allows Honors students and Schreyer Scholars to investigate selected topics in greater depth, in many cases conducting original research under the direction of a faculty member. Honors Options have been offered in biology, business, chemistry, communications, comparative literature, criminal justice, engineering, English literature, finance, history, information sciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, speech communications, theater arts, and women's studies. 

Honors Independent Study

Many faculty members offer Independent Study courses (of varying numbers of credits) to Honors students and Schreyer scholars. Typically, these courses are designed collaboratively by the student and professor and are much more research-intensive. Independent Study courses have been conducted in areas including biology, chemistry, English literature, mathematics, and psychology. 


Competitive scholarships are offered by Penn State Beaver to returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A record of participation in the Beaver Honors Program or the Schreyer Honors College during the first college year may prove influential in earning such scholarships. Honors students and Schreyer Scholars have won the majority of these awards in recent years.

Registration Priority

Beginning with the second semester pre-registration, Honors students and Schreyer Scholars have first choice of courses and sections. Do not underestimate this perk!

Library Privileges

Honors students and Schreyer scholars enjoy the same borrowing privileges as faculty and may check out books for the entire semester unless a special recall is placed on the materials.