Chatham University

Chatham Honors Program

The Chatham Honors program is not your average honors program. Most universities require you to complete more class work than your peers and offer nothing more than a distinction at graduation. At Chatham, we think an Honors Program should engage you, not just give you more work to accomplish.

The Chatham Honors Program is designed as an interdisciplinary challenge, engaging you both in and out of the classroom.

Honors Program Benefits

  • Opportunities in research, leadership, community engagement, including an Annual Service Project, the Honors Student Advisory Council, and the Honors Program Living Learning Community
  • Honors-only sections of courses (including environmental science and a seminar course that covers fellowship applications), and preferred access to designated courses
  • Invitation to key campus events and preferred access to lectures, receptions for campus visitors, and a professional mentorship program
  • Tassel and commencement recognition

Honors Travel Benefits

Honors students will be eligible for a limited amount of funds that will be set aside each year for Honors Travel Fellowships to offset the expenses associated with travel, lodging, and conference fees for students who attend research conferences.

Honors Program Requirements

  • First-year students: SAT 1270 or 25 ACT composite; GPA 3.75
  • Transfer students: 3.5 College GPA
  • Current students at Chatham may qualify for the Honors Program after 15 credits earned with cumulative GPA of 3.6
  • Students must maintain a minimum of 3.6 GPA to remain in the Honors Program (one semester grace period will be provided)
  • All students who meet the academic requirements are invited to participate.

Honors Classes (Fall 2019)

CRM – PSY 362: What is Evil?
This course will utilize an interdisciplinary framework (criminology, sociology, psychology, history, political science) to examine definitions of “evil,” motivations to commit “evil” actions, social reactions to “evil,” and control of “evil.”

HIS205W: Africa, Past and Present
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the problems and promises of African development. It investigates the historical development of pre-independence society, culture, political institutions, and economic structures, and their interaction with post-independent economic problems and development strategies.

SWK321: Social Welfare and Social Justice
This course examines the history, development, context, and current status of the American social welfare system. The American system is compared with policies and programs in other countries. The specifics of major welfare programs such as Social Security and Temporary Aid to Needy Families are explored.

Honors Classes (Spring 2020)

HON200: Introduction to Research Methods – Honors
This course introduces students to all phases of research from conceptualization of the research question to the interpretation of results. Topics include why and how to conduct research, the scientific method, issues key to research (research design, causation, data collection). Statistical software packages and basic statistical analysis will be covered.

COM313: Special Topics: Negotiation and Decision-Making - Honors
Negotiating isn’t easy or intuitive; in recent years, long-held suspicions have been confirmed that women and people of color are treated differently when trying to negotiate higher pay or more flexibility in the workplace. Internationally, conflicts that have gone on for millennia seem to be flaring up anew instead of being resolved. Therapists report more and more patients are suffering from indecision, remorse for the decisions they have made, while decision-making and negotiation are often neglected in our high school, and even college and graduate curricula.  This semester, we will be examining the question: How does one negotiate and make decisions successfully and ethically? 

Undergraduate Initiatives

Here are a few of the ways that Chatham undergraduates have been conducting research and making an impact on their communities.

National Collegiate Honors Council 

Chatham University is now a proud member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). The NCHC provides workshops and funding opportunities for our Honors students.

Chatham Honors Faculty Advisor

John Dube
John J. Dubé, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Director, Honors program
Chatham University
1 Woodland Rd., Buhl 122B
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412)  365-1867                  

Learn More!

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Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor '18 named Newman Civic Fellow
Christina Austin
Christina Austin '17 awarded research fellowship
Undergraduate research in Taiwan
Undergraduate research in Taiwan
Jenny Schollaeart
Student scholar: Jenny Schollaert '15
Student-run communications
Student-run communications firm takes on real-world clients
Natalie Jellison
Natalie Jellison '17 connects Chatham with local non-profit 412 Food Rescue
Bachelor of Sustainability undergraduate research video
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