Honors Program

IU East Honors Program

Welcome to the IU East Honors Program homepage! The Honors Program is an intellectually enriched curriculum for highly motivated students, allowing them to demonstrate academic excellence through Honors coursework, independent research, creative work, service learning, and extra-curricular opportunities. We are glad you are interested in our program and invite you to view this short video for an overview.

The Honors Program offers a rigorous curriculum that is mentally stimulating and challenging within a supportive and engaged community of scholars – both students and faculty members. The goals of the program are to inspire and cultivate students who are:

  • Culturally well-rounded
  • Strong researchers
  • Academic leaders
  • Good citizens in the community and across the campus.

Additional details are linked in the tabs to the left. Please explore these pages, and don’t hesitate to [contact us] to learn more about the Honors Program at IU East. Or go directly to the Honors Program application if you want to begin the application process right away!


Get recognized for the hard work you already do, and enjoy these other benefits.

Faculty Mentors

While in the program, students work more closely with faculty doing Honors course work. These relationships can help in future endeavors (letters of recommendation, etc.) and last a lifetime!

Curriculum Choice

Through H-options and a senior thesis, students can pursue scholarship that is personally meaningful, sculpting the college experience to their own interests and ambitions.

Honors Club

While in the program, students are also members of the Honors Club which coordinates fun, informal, and exciting events for students; though coordinated by campus students, online students are welcome to contribute ideas and attend events as they are able.

Conference Opportunities

Students can attend and even present papers at the Mid-East Honors Association annual conference for unique presentation experience for your resumé.


Honors scholarships recognize the active participation of students already in the program.


Completion of the program is reflected on the student’s transcript, recognition at a special awards ceremony, and at graduation.


Graduation from an Honors Program gives students added advantages to getting into graduate schools and acquiring good jobs.

For more information, see our Facebook group or contact the Honors Program Director.

Steven Petersheim

Steven Petersheim
  • Associate Professor, English
  • Director, Honors Program, Honors Program Committee
  • 765-973-8504
  • Whitewater Hall 273
  • Faculty Profile