Honors Program

Honors Program

The Penn State York Honors Program offers a special opportunity for students with outstanding academic ability to enrich and broaden their general education and to deepen their preparation for graduate study or for a profession. Students enrolled in the program select from a variety of honors courses, honors options or independent studies designed to encourage strong students to succeed in the early stages of their University education.


First-year students

  • minimum high school grade-point average of at least 3.2
  • minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 1,200, or ACT Composite Score of 25
  • completion of honors program essay

Returning students

  • a minimum Penn State average of 3.33 or better

Download the Honors Option Form

Program Benefits

  • small classes designed for honors students
  • priority course registration opportunities
  • one-on-one work with award-winning faculty who integrate teaching and research
  • use of Honors study lounge and computers in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library
  • special trips arranged for honors students
  • opportunity to receive scholarships if requirements are met (see below)
  • certificate awarded following completion of 9 honors credits by the end of the first semester of sophomore year with enrolled 3 honors credits in the fourth semester. The minimum grade in each honors course should be a 3.00 or better with a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.33
  • honors cords awarded following the completion of a minimum of 24 honors credits subject to general criteria of above bullet
  • honors course work identified on your transcript
  • library privileges (including semester-long book borrowing)
  • potential to enroll in the Schreyer Honors College if you move to University Park

Scholarship Opportunities

First-Year Students

Students who have a minimum 3.2 high school grade-point average, a 1,200 SAT, or ACT Composite Score of 25, and complete the honors program essay will receive consideration for a $1,000–$2,000 scholarship for the first year of their full-time enrollment in addition to any additional aid they may be awarded by the university.

Returning Students

Students who have completed the required number of honors credits during their first year and have a 3.33 overall grade-point average and a 3.0 grade-point average in their honors course work may be eligible for a scholarship of $1,000 (on a funds available basis) for the second year. Students should contact Dr. Haiduke Sarafian, the honors coordinator, for more information.

Available Honors Courses

Below is the list of the honors courses for the upcoming semester. Most honors courses are designated by an H, T or U unless they have "Honors" in the title, e.g. English 30, Honors Freshman Composition. Courses with honors options have no specific designation.

* Honors courses accommodate only honors students. Honors course options are open to the general student population, including honors students.

Honors course options – Students may contact instructors to explore the possibilities for Honors options.

* The Honors option forms can be obtained from the honors program coordinator, Dr. Haiduke Sarafian, by visiting his office (Room 24, Main Classroom Building), or e-mailing him at has2@psu.edu.

Honors Courses Fall 2016

Introduction to Engineering Design

Course: EDSGN 100H
Instructor: Dr. Charles A. Gaston
Days/Times: TuWeTh 8:00 a.m–9:55 a.m.

Honors Freshman Composition

Course: ENGL 30
Instructor: Dr. Stuart Stelly
Days/Times: MoWeFr 10:10 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

The Short Story

Course: ENGL 184
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt
Days/Times: TuTh 9:05 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

Introductory Physics II

Course: PHYS 251
Instructor: Dr. Haiduke Sarafian
Days/Times: MoWe 1:25 p.m.–2:40 p.m.

Honors Courses Spring 2016

Introduction to Engineering Design

Course: EDSGN 100H
Instructor: C. Gaston
Days/Times: MW 6:00-8:40 p.m.

General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics

Course: PHYS 213H
Instructor: H. Sarafian
Days/Times: MW 8:00-9:40 a.m., F 10:00-10:50 a.m. (meets first half of semester)

General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics

Course: PHYS 214H
Instructor: H. Sarafian
Days/Times: MW 8:00-9:40 a.m., F 10:00-10:50 a.m. (meets second half of semester)

Honors Courses Fall 2015

Honors Freshman composition

Course: ENG 030T
Instructor: K. Cole
Days/Times: TR 1:30–2:45 p.m.

Introduction to Creative Writing

Course: ENG 050H
Instructor: N. Sloboda
Days/Times: MW 3:00–4:15 p.m.

Introduction to Engineering Design

Course: EDSGH 100 H
Instructor: C. Gaston
Days/Times: TR 10:00–11:40 a.m., W 1:00–2:40 p.m.

Electricity and Magnetism

Course: PHYS 212 H
Instructor: H. Sarafian
Days/Times: MWF 9:00–9:50 a.m., F 10:00–10:50 a.m.

Honors Courses Spring 2015

Introduction to Engineering Design

Course: EDSGH 100 H
Instructor: C. Gaston

Chemical Principles I

Course: CHEM 110H
Instructor: M. Ritchey

Chemical Principles II

Course: CHEM 112H
Instructor: M. Ritchey

Elementary Statistics

Course: STAT 200 H
Instructor: M. Wijesinha