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Religious Studies Honors Program

Kate Mattes

HONORS TRACK INTERN KATE MATTES, Class of 2015, helped plan a festival and wrote articles during her internship at the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh, which focuses on peace and justice. “It’s awesome to see how dedicated people are,” she said of her internship experience.

Top students can enter the Honors Program for Religious Studies

The honors program is open by departmental invitation to declared Religious Studies majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in Religious Studies courses.

Students complete RLST 480, RLST 483, RLST 493, and HNRC 499, which fulfills the LIberal Studies Synthesis requirement. To determine how honors track courses will be integrated into existing requirements for the Religious Studies major, students should consult their advisors.

To apply, students must petition the department honors committee for admission no earlier than the completion of their sophomore year. An application must be filed with the chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies and should include an application form, a letter of intent, a description of the work plan, a full transcript, and two letters of recommendation from faculty members. 

More honors options for top students

You can also study religious studies in the Robert Cook Honors College at IUP.

  • Religious Studies Department
  • Sutton Hall, Room 452
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1360
  • Fax: 724-357-4039
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.