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Honors Program at JWU Denver: Welcome

Honors Thesis Courses

Contact Info.


Honors Director

Danielle Rado, PhD


Centennial Hall, Rm 333

P: (303) 256 – 9334


Honors Director

Christine Battista, PhD


Centennial Hall, Rm 331

P: (303) 256 – 9424

Academic Experience

The Honors Program Academic Experience consists of foundational courses, four or more Honors seminars and Thesis Capstone Courses. In order to receive the designation of University Honors Scholar, a student must complete a thesis and have it approved by the Honors Advisory Council.

Sample Honors Seminar Offerings:

» ENG2315 Voice to Power

» HIST3150 History of American Popular Culture

» LIT 3018 Food, Film & Literature

» PHIL3045 Ethics

Honors Program at JWU Denver

THE MISSION of the Honors Program at Johnson & Wales University is to provide academically advanced students with an Honors-caliber education, enrich the university curriculum, and build a diverse community of scholars.

THE BENEFITS of the Honors Program include an academically rigorous curriculum, smaller class sizes, opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on an Honors Thesis, and designation of University Honors Scholar.

Four Ways to Engage

There are four layers of participation in the Honors Program:

Academic Track » Students who apply and are accepted to the honors program enroll in Honors Foundational Courses and Honors Seminars to participate in an academically advanced curriculum and work under the guidance of Honors faculty members.

Honors Scholar Track: Thesis through Honors Program » Students who complete the required course work and choose to pursue a Thesis will enroll in the Honors Thesis Capstone Courses and conduct independent research on a topic of their choice with guidance from their selected Faculty Mentor.

Thesis Submission » Students who complete their Thesis will submit it to the Honors Advisory Council for final approval. Students can choose other Faculty Members to participate as readers in order to receive further feedback and guidance from invested faculty.

Thesis Defense » Students may choose to participate in a formal Thesis Defense that provides them with the venue to present their work to the Honors Advisory Council, additional faculty, and peers. Additionally, students will be eligible to publish their work in JWU’s Scholastic Archives.

JWU Community Experience

Honors students have the opportunity to enroll in an enhanced, academic curriculum that will help them develop writing, research, and leadership skills, while producing an impressive portfolio of original, high-quality work. 

The Honors Program is made up of advanced courses that have small student-to-faculty ratios and are taught by our most dedicated and energetic faculty.  These courses are designed to engage students at a high level, foster independent thinking, develop professional communication skills, and allow frequent opportunities for producing original scholarship and innovative projects.

Honors students are also welcomed to join the Honors Student Association (HSA), a student-led organization of honors students. This group hosts academic and social events designed to heighten students' experience on and off-campus.