At PLU, four core foundations define the honors curriculum: Multidisciplinary approaches, historical and internationally focused study, intentional intellectual formation and ethical reflection, and the establishment of a cohesive learning community.
Multidisciplinary Approaches: As a general education curriculum, the International Honors Program offers students the opportunity to pursue a course of study which attempts to re-integrate disciplinary perspectives which are usually separated in the modern university. Accordingly, an IHON course - whatever its particular focus - offers contributing faculty the opportunity to design courses which are both grounded in their particular disciplines, but which also integrate selective perspectives on the subject matter from one or two disciplines. For example: a course on epidemics and epidemiology might be grounded in biology, but include cultural perspectives on epidemics from history, literature or art. Similarly, a course in anthropology on Africa's religious pluralism might also include perspectives on the topic from other disciplines, such as history, economics or literary studies.