Millersville University offers a number of programs to help exceptionally talented students develop their potential. Students who complete the programs earn special recognition.


The University Honors Program challenges superior students while encouraging them to develop their intellectual potential. The program introduces students to the main currents of Western thought and culture and develops writing, research, and analytical skills. Enrollments in honors classes are limited to facilitate student-faculty interaction. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the University Honors baccalaureate at graduation.

Invitations to the program are extended to entering freshmen who have combined SAT scores of 1200 or above and are in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Other interested freshmen and currently enrolled students with cumulative grade point averages (CGPAs) of at least 3.35 may apply for admission to the director of the University Honors Program.

To remain in good standing in the program, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in the freshman and sophomore years, 3.25 in the junior year, and must have a 3.35 GPA at graduation.

To receive the University Honors baccalaureate, students must:

  1. Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.35.
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 honors credits and fulfill the competency and distribution requirements of the program. Honors credit is awarded only for those honors courses in which an A or B is earned.
  3. Complete an Honors Independent Study (HNRS 489) and an Honors Senior Thesis (HNRS 499). Criteria are the same as for departmental honors (see that section) with the additional requirement that the thesis must be examined by and defended before a committee approved by the honors program committee, which includes an authority outside the major department.
For more information, contact the director of the Honors Program.


This program provides an opportunity for superior and highly motivated students to pursue a specialized area of interest intensively and independently. Upon successful completion of the program, students are recognized for their achievements at graduation with the designation of Departmental Honors on their diploma and University record.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and the endorsement of a faculty member.

The program generally consists of two to four semesters of supervised tutorial work, reading, self-instruction, creative inquiry and research, which culminates in the production of a thesis or project. One to four credits may be earned for each of the departmental honors courses (HNRS 489 and HNRS 499). Grades in these courses are determined by the faculty supervisor and departmental committee.

Final theses or projects are examined by and orally defended before the departmental committee. Grades of A and B must be earned on them. They are then presented to the honors and awards committee for review. Titles of completed works are published in the commencement program.

Contact the department office for an application and more information.


Honors courses, designated by the prefix HNRS, offer special academic challenges and opportunities for intellectual inquiry. These courses require a measure of independent reading, thinking and questioning. Students are expected to assume a greater portion of the responsibility for learning. Course requirements include activities to develop writing, research, and analytical skills.

Honors courses are open to students in the University honors program, students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.35, and other students with permission from the instructor. Enrollment in departmental honors courses requires permission from the department chairperson. A grade of A or B must be earned to qualify for the honors designation on the studentís record.