International Honors Program

Program Information

The International Honors Program at PLU is for students who demonstrate an exemplary record of academic and service achievement, as well as an interest in pursuing their university studies in an international context.

International Honors, or IHON, is an academically rigorous program rooted in PLU’s emphasis on liberal arts education, and allows students to fulfill General Education Requirements through challenging, creative, and interdisciplinary coursework.  IHON can be combined with any academic major at PLU.  IHON courses explore contemporary issues and their historical foundations through an interdisciplinary, multi-national approach.

International Honors further challenges students to consider the ways in which their unique interests and intellectual gifts can be of service to those around them.  Thus the program embodies PLU’s educational mission of thoughtful inquiry, service to others, leadership in public life, and care for the earth’s diverse communities and natural resources.

For further information, visit the International Honors Program web page.


To be considered for admission to the International Honors Program, students must be admitted to the university and complete a separate application form. Students with a 3.6 GPA and higher are encouraged to apply.  Students interested in the International Honors Program must complete the International Honors online application form.

Honors Program faculty members will read applications and determine those admitted to the program on a rolling basis.  Please contact Carmiña Palerm, Director of the International Honors Program, at with any questions you may have.

IHON Goals

At PLU, four core foundations define the honors curriculum:

  • Multidisciplinary approaches
  • Historical and internationally focused study
  • Intentional intellectual formation and ethical reflection
  • The establishment of a cohesive learning community
PLU International Honors Program in Social Justice in Oxford, England

Throughout history, some of the most exceptional people have studied at Oxford.  Now PLU IHON students have a chance to study in this remarkable location.

The Oxford program, which takes place over a January term and Spring Semester, is designed for PLU Honor students to study away with fellow PLU Honor students and a PLU professor at Oxford University.

The program explores social justice, as it is understood theoretically from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and the implications of such theories for practical developments.  Students will take classes from their PLU professor and from Oxford faculty, live near campus, engage in service learning and take a number of study tours during this study away experience.

For further information, visit the Oxford-IHON program web page.

IHON Classes

To read descriptions of the honors classes, visit the International Honors section of the course catalog.