LAS Honors provides the best of the liberal arts education tradition with the resources, facilities, and opportunities of a flagship state university. Our program offers students who participate, who are known as LAS James Scholars, opportunities do more, go further, and become their best.
The honors advantage
Specialized faculty engagement: Form close intellectual relationships with faculty members specifically selected for their credentials and passion for teaching. Choose to take honors-only courses, complete special projects in courses, or research with a faculty member.
Individualized education: Participation in the LAS Honors Program is individualized. You will be actively involved in your education; you will select how you complete your honors credits and what you will do to earn that credit. To succeed in LAS Honors, you need to take control of your education—we will support you, but you take the lead.
Interdisciplinary education: Honors experiences are truly interdisciplinary, approaching topics from many different lenses, and asking students to think across traditional academic boundaries.
Undergraduate research: Starting with individualized honors projects to getting involved in labs and other research, LAS James Scholars research with their faculty. Not only are our students active researches, they publish in various journals and present at conferences all over the world.
Co-curricular experiences: LAS James Scholars get involved on and off campus—from registered student organizations to community organizations. James Scholars make a difference, get the most of their educations, and understand the importance of their contributions.
Status and recognition: LAS James Scholars apply for and receive nationally competitive scholarships. They've been recognized as Truman, Fulbright, and even Rhodes scholars.
Preparation for graduate and professional scholars: LAS James Scholars use their opportunities to prepare themselves and set themselves apart on applications to graduate and professional Schools. LAS James Scholars get noticed.
Empower, enlighten, and engage
The James Scholar Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Illinois provides rare opportunities for high-achieving, highly-motivated students to go further, both figuratively and literally.
Our students travel the globe, our alumni reach for the stars—studying medicine with NASA or even working as astronauts. Our students get involved with world-class faculty, learning from them and with them in cutting-edge research. Our students assist in creating the knowledge that others only read about. If you are ready to get involved, to be challenged, to have a lasting impact, then the LAS James Scholar Program is the place for you.
As an LAS James Scholar, you will be empowered to find your place as a global citizen and a global steward. You will learn about sustainability and its importance to the environment, the economy, and the people of your community, your country, and the broader world.
As an LAS James Scholar, you will be enlightened with a deeper understanding not only of your chosen major or majors, but the critical importance of the liberal arts and sciences. You will gain an appreciation for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. LAS James Scholars experience deeper levels of learning: deeper, broader, richer.
As an LAS James Scholar, you will become engaged with your chosen discipline, your college, your university, your community, and your world. You will be encouraged to get involved with curricular and co-curricular activities; experiential learning, community service, and a wide range of other opportunities created specifically for LAS James Scholars.
Interested in learning more about the program? Read about Kavya Vaidya's experience as a James Scholar.
Dr. Kate Krueger, Director
Dr. Krueger received her PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Formerly an Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies, Dr. Krueger was drawn to her current position because she loves working with honors students and creating opportunities for study abroad, experiential learning, and research. A native Minnesotan, she doesn't mind the winters at all. She spends her free time exploring local parks and seeking out the best local pastries with her partner and child and, whenever possible, reading a good book.
Allison Holden, Associate Director
Originally from Wisconsin, Allison earned a master's degree in educational leadership: college student development from Oklahoma State University. She has moved around the Midwest, working with college students before making Champaign home. She has a strong love of her partner, two small children, coffee and travel.
Fall 2020 Honors Virtual Advising
You can schedule a phone or zoom appointment with Director Kate Krueger or Associate Director Allison Holden here (select LAS Honors and then click each name for available slots). If the available times don’t work for you, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll find one that does.
Want to talk to someone who has been in your shoes? You can reach out to Honors Peer Advisors at the LAS Life & Career Design Lab. Just send a message to LAS Honors Peer Advising at email@example.com in order to set up a zoom, phone, or email conversation with an upperclass James Scholar who can help you with questions about research, study abroad, career preparation, and more.