Who We Are

In the Honors College, we value and encourage encounters between people with differing perspectives. Our students, alumni, and faculty embody the diversity of viewpoints and approaches that characterize our multidisciplinary learning community.

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Mason majors open to Honors College students
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Campus clubs and student organizations
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Mason is the most ethnically diverse national university in Virginia, US News and World Report says
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Prestigious national fellowships awarded to Mason students in 2015-2016

Who We Are

The Mason Honors College is a community of:

  • highly motivated students.
  • faculty drawn from all disciplines.
  • alumni who are transforming their communities.
  • business partners who facilitate connections in the community.

Our students:

  • win prestigious fellowships.
  • earn high-profile internships.
  • organize major service projects.
  • conduct meaningful research.
  • study abroad.


Faculty From All Fields

Our classes are taught by faculty from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, many of whom are leaders in their fields. 

HNRS courses are small seminars led by some of Mason's leading faculty:

  • Pulitzer prize winning journalist Steven Pearlstein's classes on politics and contemporary reportage
  • Author and physicist James Trefil's classes on technology and science.
  • Former Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson's classes on criminology and society
  • Former director of the National Museum of American History Spencer Crew's classes on history
  • Mason Scientific Director for Data Innovation and Strategy Nektaria Tryfona's classes on using data to address civic challenges
  • Co-executive Director of the Business for a better World Center Lisa Gring-Pemble's classes on social movements, persuasion, and civic engagement