Challenge Yourself

If you're looking for a program that values critical thinking, guarantees lively discussions, and welcomes different viewpoints, consider the rigorous and rewarding honors program at Concordia University. Being an honors student at Concordia goes beyond excelling in academics. It means you care about the world around you and value one-on-one relationships with professors and classmates, building upon an already strong liberal arts tradition. Small, discussion-based classes create a learning environment where varied worldviews are shared in an atmosphere of respect. In the classroom and throughout the campus, honors students enjoy a level of collaboration exceptional even by Concordia standards.

Sample Courses

Creative Nonfiction: Art of the Essay: Practice the art of creative nonfiction writing in both long and short review and personal essays. Reading will consist of classic and contemporary texts at the instructor’s discretion. How the West Came to Be: Explore the Western humanistic tradition from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. This interdisciplinary course combines history, art, literature, philosophy, and religion using the city as a classroom. World Religions: Gain a better understanding of how religion impacts our world by exploring the world’s major religions – including their histories, teachings, beliefs, practices, institutions, and cultural expressions. Explore similarities and differences through lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and field experiences. Art Appreciation: Learn to explore, discover, and understand art from various cultural and individual viewpoints. Course activities reflect diverse styles of art using simulation games, writing exercises, and artistic projects to develop awareness of the purposes of art and how it influences cultural change.

Student Success

DEANNA ATKINSON ’15 is a fifth-grade teacher at Portland Village School, a public charter school, where she loops with her class from fifth through eighth grade. MIRIAM MCCAULEY SAUCEDO ’14 went on to earn her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and is currently a primary counselor at the De Paul Youth and Family Center providing mental health and addiction counseling. JEREMY RICHARDS ’10 is the pastor of Grant Park Church in Portland. His wife Brie (Sylvia-Clarno) Richards is the office and database administrator for the Women’s Foundation of Oregon.

The Honors Scholarship

Qualifying freshmen admitted to the Honors Program receive a $24,500 academic scholarship per year. Eligibility for renewal of the Honors Scholarship depends on maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25, full-time status as a Concordia University student, making normal progress towards graduation in four years with 24 credits of Honors classes, and completion of the Honors Capstone Seminar during the senior year.

Apply to the Honors Program

Freshmen students may apply to the Honors Program on a rolling basis — however, those who apply in advance of the November 15 Early Action deadline will qualify for priority consideration. To apply for the Honors Program, submit your undergraduate admission application as well as an Honors Essay. For more information on the Honors Program at Concordia, please download our Honors Program Handbook.

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