Honors Program

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The University Honors Program (UHP) at University of Detroit Mercy offers students a unique opportunity to challenge themselves and each other through deeper academic experiences and meaningful campus and community engagement. Founded in 1962, the Honors Program has been an important part of the Detroit Mercy community for over fifty years.

As students in the University Honors Program you will learn and grow together, explore ideas and develop skills with some of the very best faculty members at the University of Detroit Mercy, and clarify your own sense of purpose and vocation through service in the city of Detroit. Whatever your career path, the individualized attention of the University Honors Program will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Most important, UHP gives you an opportunity to develop lasting relationships with peers as well as professors who have your best interest at heart.

Sarah Buhay

Sarah Buhay

One of the most fruitful outcomes from the University Honors Program is the ability to learn in an intimate community consisting of peers who are similarly driven toward scholarship and achievement. Our classroom environments that stress these qualities, allow for free, scholarly discussion that has not only helped me continue to focus on my love of learning, but has broadened my knowledge through the interaction with my peers and their unique perspectives. Furthermore, the cohort model used in the program allows for one to develop close-knit relationships with students of various disciplines without engendering a competitive-based community, which allows for everyone to thrive individually. --Sarah Buhay, ‘20, Biology (Pre-Med)

Ahmad Chalhoub

Ahmad Chalhoub

The Honors program has stopped me from turning into an engineering robot. It's helping me become a well-rounded person, thinking not only about academics, but also about life outside of school and our purpose in this world. And I am very grateful for that. --Ahmad Chalhoub, ‘22, Mechanical Engineering

Selena Cholak

Selena Cholak

The University Honors Program has equipped me with a community of students and professors who have both challenged me to think critically and motivated me in my academic pursuits. The enriching academic environment of smaller classroom sizes has fostered intellectual discussions and encouraged social support. The value of the University Honors Program is inherently student-centered, focused on personal development and academic excellence. --Selena Cholak, ‘21, Biology

John Sherwood

John Sherwood

The Honors Program has given me many opportunities in my undergraduate career, from volunteering and community engagement opportunities to the completion, and soon to be publication, of my Honors Thesis. The Honors Program allowed me to go deeper in both my own discipline of biology, as well as other disciplines like film and philosophy.  The program has made a lot of positive changes during my four years here, and I am sure it has many exciting new opportunities ahead of it.      --John Sherwood, ‘19, Biology

Kathrine Yacoo

Kathrine Yacoo

The Honors Program has been an important part of my undergraduate career and has shaped my experience at Detroit Mercy. I am grateful that I had Honors faculty and directors who supported me during office hours, class hours, and even helped me discover my passions. There is a lot of value in the program, but to me the one that stands out is the support of the Honors program community. Through both the students and honors faculty I gained knowledge and wisdom I wouldn't have otherwise. The program not only helped me develop leadership skills through serving as Vice President and PR but it also taught me about qualities like altruistic service through service learning courses. I have benefited from the program in a spiritual, intellectual, and ethical manner. I can't thank the program enough for what it has done for me during my four years at Detroit Mercy. --Kathrine Yacoo, '19, Biochemistry

Hannah Tillman

Hannah Tillman

The Honors Program gave me a chance to research what I'm passionate about and pushed me past what I thought I was capable of within both my majors. All of the professors I had within the program were so dedicated to making sure I succeeded, and their commitment to my growth solidified my experience at Detroit Mercy as a good one. --Hannah Tillman, ‘19, Psychology and English