LAS Honors Program

The mission of the James Scholar Program within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is to empower our students to be global citizens and global stewards; to enlighten them with deeper understanding of the diverse world in which they live; and to engage with the core values and responsibilities of moving toward a sustainable future.

We strive to assist our students in defining their role as active learners, critical thinkers, and influential leaders.


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About LAS Honors

From studying abroad to working one-on-one with faculty members, LAS Honors provides and supports ways for our students to do more, go farther, and become their very best.

Admission to LAS James Scholar Program

There are two methods of entry into the James Scholar Program: invitation and self-nomination. The instructions vary depending on whether you’re an incoming freshman, transfer student, a current student at U of I, or an intercollegiate transfer student.

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For current LAS James Scholars

Bookmark this page! Get current news and learn about the program itself, LAS 122, honors credit and experiences, undergraduate research, LAS Honors abroad, and honors graduation information.

Honors Credit Learning Agreement guidelines

LAS James Scholars can earn honors credit by working on projects with faculty. Learn more about how these projects work.

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For LAS Honors alumni

Looking for a way to contribute to the James Scholar program now that you have graduated? We have a multitude of opportunities for you!