Honors Programs

Hutton Honors College will enable you to see the world in entirely new ways

Whether you are an aspiring scientist or anthropologist, future artist or entrepreneur, the Edward L. Hutton Honors College at IU Bloomington will take you on an exciting journey to unexpected destinations. Hutton offers highly-motivated, talented students the chance to enrich their academic and social experiences by taking intimate courses in addition to those classes required for their majors.

The honors advantage

Here’s what you can expect from being a Hutton Honors student at IU:

  • Stimulating, small classes
  • Close working relationships with the university’s top faculty
  • An opportunity to live in the Honors Residential Community
  • Exclusive opportunities to network with distinguished campus visitors
  • Special access to grants for research, internships, conferences, creative activity, and international experiences

The courses you’ll take

Here’s a sampling of recent Honors courses:

  • Ideas and Experience II: The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Modern Madness
  • Leadership: The Inner Journey
  • Law and Society: Black Gold, Coffee, Culture, and Global Exchange
  • Science and Society: Science and Ethics
  • History of Rock ’n’ Roll
Emma Brown

For Emma Brown, the small classes in Hutton allowed her to build relationships with faculty. One professor even invites Emma and other honors students to dinner once a semester. Emma says, “The high-quality faculty encouraged me to consider new topics and sparked interests I had never known about. My advice to incoming Hutton students is to enter with an open mind and be ready to be amazed.”

Students enter the Hutton Honors College one of three ways: by invitation, by petition, or after starting at IU

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In addition to the Hutton Honors College, many IU schools and departments offer honors programs within their majors, which can lead to a General Honors Notation upon graduation. Ask your advisor for more information once you’ve started your program of study at IU.

Learn more about Hutton Honors College