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Travel with Honors

Experiences studying away from EKU are transformative, life-changing, and fun. EKU Honors will do everything possible to support your ability to study abroad or away during your time at EKU.

Support EKU Honors

Many EKU Honors experiences would not be possible without the generous support of friends and alumni. Make a difference in the life of an honors student today.

EKU Honors

Founded in 1988, EKU Honors makes the best intellectual resources at EKU available to a limited group of talented and motivated students.

EKU Honors is designed for students just like you who want an in-depth college classroom experience with a strong grounding in an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education. Whatever your major, you’ll take advantage of our small, innovative classes that can replace some of your general education and university requirements. Before you graduate as an Honors Scholar, you’ll complete an honors thesis on a topic of your choice.

As an EKU Honors student, you’ll get to know your fellow students and professors at our monthly pizza suppers and on trips to local theatre and dance performances, the Louisville opera, and the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, where more students from EKU present than from any other honors program or college in the nation. In EKU Honors, you’ll make friends that last a lifetime.


“EKU’s honors students are an excellent representation of the university’s dedication to producing scholars who make a difference in their communities for many years to come” – EKU President David McFaddin







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Honors Curriculum

Our honors curriculum paths are personalized to your specific major and educational goals.

  • Honors Maroon Track: Planning to begin EKU Honors in your first semester of college? Get a basic curriculum guide.
  • Honors Gold Track: Planning to begin EKU Honors after your first semester of college? Get a basic curriculum guide.
  • Want to know specifics about how your major, prior credit, and educational goals might shape your EKU Honors experience? Email us at


EKU Honors cultivates personal and professional growth in a diverse and inclusive academic community. We emphasize curiosity, experiential learning, social responsibility and leadership.


EKU Honors will provide innovative educational experiences in a vibrant community to enable students to excel in all that they do academically and professionally.


Here you will find our annual report, where we highlight the achievements of EKU Honors throughout the year.  All documents open in new tabs or windows as PDFs.


EKU Honors unites students from all disciplines and complements any field of study with an added “EDGE:”

    • Exploration of interdisciplinary topics, enhanced research, travel and service opportunities, and practical leadership experience.
    • Dedicated Faculty, small class sizes and unique course design.
    • Grants, Awards and Scholarships. Special access to study abroad awards and mentorship assistance for nationally competitive grants and scholarships.
    • Employability. The robust curriculum helps students develop their professional skills and aptitudes to gain a competitive advantage.

Six “E”s of EKU Honors

We use our six “E”s of EKU Honors to guide many of our choices in the honors program. Specifically, we seek students who want to:

    • Engage with their campus community
    • Examine new ideas across disciplinary boundaries
    • Explore opportunities for research and nationally competitive awards
    • Experience new ideas, communities, and cultures
    • Excel as a leader inside and outside of the classroom
    • Enhance their EKU experience through internships, co-ops, and other methods of increasing their employability after graduation

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