Students fulfill requirements in the Honors Program through a variety of academic, leadership, and service opportunities. Participation in Honors Program opportunities will be documented using an e-portfolio. E-portfolios are updated each semester in consultation with the Honors Director. Students present their e-portfolio at an Honors Open House and Celebration during their final semester at Viterbo.

Three Shared Experiences

VUSM100 - Honors Section

A required section of the first-year mission seminar that all incoming students must take. Honors students take this mission seminar together in an Honors-specific section.

First-Year Retreat

All students in the first year Honors cohort participate in an overnight retreat at a nearby camp during the 2nd week-end of the semester. The retreat is led by sophomore, junior, and senior honors students.

Senior Capstone Course and E-Portfolio

Graduating seniors will take a 1-credit course to prepare and present their final version of the e-portfolio. Students take this course in their final semester. The course ends with a celebration open to the Viterbo community, friends, and family.

The Honors E-Porfolio

To graduate from the Honors Program, students work with the Honors director to develop a personalized digital portfolio highlighting the passion projects they pursued at Viterbo in five areas (G.O.A.L.S.):

Global Engagement

Cultivate appreciation for and develop their ability to engage with diverse worldviews and practices as well as the global forces and flows shaping them.

Original Inquiry

Understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from research based scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with faculty researchers across campus and beyond.

Academic Enrichment

Pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular and co-curricular enrichment opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

Leadership Development

Develop ethical leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities.

Service Engagement

Commit to service on campus and in the community that begins with presence and leads towards active, critical, and creative engagement with the root causes of pressing social issues.