Open to students from all academic disciplines, the Pell Honors Program aims to realize Sen. Claiborne Pell’s vision of a liberal arts education as the route to informed citizenship.
Students join a lively community of highly motivated peers and faculty mentors drawn from many departments and disciplines, united by a passion for and dedication to academic excellence, artistic creativity and intellectual curiosity.
Through the Pell Honors Program, students enter into respectful but critical debates about God, politics, human nature and ethics, and examine the conflicting conceptions of the “good life” that have unfolded over centuries. Students read challenging authors with critical discernment and learn to purposefully argue and justify their own positions cogently and with a sense of style.
Students must maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA to remain in the Pell Honors Program. To build a learning and living community, students in the program are housed together during their first two years at the University.
To be eligible for the Pell Honors Program, students must:
- Gain admission to Salve Regina
- Be a recipient of the Dean, Trustee, Presidential or McAuley scholarships, or be nominated by a Salve Regina faculty member or the Office of Admissions
- Demonstrate the academic potential for success
The Pell Honors Program extends through the traditional four years of baccalaureate study and consists of four main components: Specially designed honors sections of core courses, co-curricular activities, a junior-level internship or study abroad experience and the Pell Honors Capstone Experience.
First year: Participants are required to complete Pell sections of University Seminar I and University Seminar II. They are also required to complete Pell sections of two of the following:
- Introduction to World Politics
- Western Civilization I or Western Civilization II
- History of the U.S. to 1877 or History of the U.S. Since 1877
- The Sociological Imagination
Second year: Pell Scholars will be asked to complete a Pell Special Topics course in each semester. The offerings will vary each semester with topics that are both contemporary and diverse.
Fourth year: During the fourth year, Pell Scholars satisfy the University capstone requirement by enrolling in a Pell-designated Capstone Experience seminar.