2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors College

Jonathan Swarts, Dean of the Honors College

and Undergraduate Studies

Deborah Bachmann, Administrator of Honors Student Leadership and Programming

Allison Vickers, Academic Advisor


Hammond Campus: SULB 320

Westville Campus: LSF 028

Phone: 219-989-3160


The Honors College at Purdue University Northwest is dedicated to enhancing the learning experiences of highly motivated and academically exceptional students. Students in the Honors College engage in advanced coursework, community outreach, substantive research, study abroad, cultural and social activities, and regular interaction with the university’s most outstanding students and professors. Through such special learning opportunities, the Honors College fosters academic excellence, critical thinking, leadership skills, social and civic responsibility, and other virtues required of outstanding citizens and leaders.


Admission to the Honors College is based on the following minimum criteria:

Freshmen: High School GPA of 3.20 or above

Incoming Transfer Students: minimum GPA of 3.20 or above from their most recent college or university

Current PNW Students: GPA of 3.20 or above at PNW and freshman/sophomore standing (less than 60 credit hours).

Students not meeting these criteria may still be eligible to join, contact the Honors College for more information.


Honors College students have the opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership skills inside and outside the classroom;
  • Make an impact by volunteering;
  • Take specialized, Honors-only, interdisciplinary classes;
  • Conduct research with outstanding faculty;
  • Be part of a caring community of high-achieving students, faculty, and staff.

Students who successfully complete the Honors College curriculum earn a gold seal on their diploma and a notation on their official transcript.


Honors Cohort Classes (9 credit hours)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Honors Special Topics Course (3 credit hours)

Choose from:

Honors Electives (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 credit hours from the following: