Loyola University Maryland

Honors Program

Learning Aims

I.  Intellectual Rigor

  • critical thinking—the ability to evaluate a claim, analyze a problem, and make sound judgments based on evidence
  • the ability to understand and employ the scientific method
  • the ability to use mathematical concepts and procedures competently and to evaluate claims made in numeric terms
  • a broad grounding in the liberal arts and sciences
  • excellence in a discipline or combination of disciplines

II.  A Sense of the Timeless and the Timely

  • an understanding of the interconnectedness of all knowledge
  • appreciation for intellectual endeavor and the life of the mind
  • the ability to connect the endeavors and events of the past with current events and future action

III.  Eloquentia Perfecta

  • the ability to use speech and writing effectively, logically, gracefully, persuasively, and responsibly
  • competence in a language other than one’s own

IV.  Aesthetics

  • an appreciation of beauty, both natural and man-made
  • a cultivated response to the arts, including the ability to express oneself about aesthetic experience

V.  Engagement

  • the use of knowledge to improve understanding and effect positive change
  • development of intellectual curiosity, honesty, humility, and persistence
  • life-long love of learning

VI.  Self-Reflection

  • a habit of reflecting on one’s intellectual and moral journey, the practice of discernment
  • the practice of reading and rereading
  • thoughtfulness and intentionality about the appropriate use of leisure time

VII.  Intellectual Independence

  • begin to establish ownership of one’s own advanced scholarship
  • begin to establish a personal library of books and readings to take through one’s life

VIII.  Intellectual Fellowship

  • formation of intellectual friendships with students and faculty
  • development of a four-year mentoring relationship with a faculty member

IX.  Jesuit Faith and Mission

  • an understanding of the mission of the Catholic university as an institution dedicated to exploring the intersection of faith and reason
  • an understanding of the history and mission of the Society of Jesus
  • a habit of reflection
  • an appreciation of and concern about the great moral issues of our time
Inge Heyer

Inge Heyer, Ph.D.

According to Dr. Heyer, Loyola’s core curriculum prepares students to be great problem solvers in physics—and as young professionals

Honors students posing for a group photo on a wooded trail during a hike
Honors Program

Why I'll always be glad I joined the Honors Program

Faculty mentors, engaging intellectual discourse, and opportunities for academic enrichment like excursions and field trips characterize the Honors Program, Loyola's learning community for high-achieving students.