The Triple is a group of linked courses – literature, history, and philosophy – taken by all first year students over two semesters. Students take the Triple in the same group of students and with the same professor for both semesters. The Triple is the heart of the Honors Program. Intellectually, in its exploration of the unfolding of western civilization and socially, as the foundation of the community spirit that characterizes Honors.
Part of the Triple, the Honors Lab gives students the opportunity to experience a variety of artistic and cultural activities at La Salle and in the Philadelphia metro area. Past labs have included trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Wilma Theater, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the art collection at the Barnes Foundation, and much more.
Students with majors like communication sciences and disorders, education, nursing, nutrition and social work, as well as the Business Scholars, are released from the Honors Project and a specified number of Honors electives.
The Honors Program is compatible with both the Business Scholars Co-Op Program and the 4-Year B.S./MBA program.
The spirit of the Honors Program is collaborative, not cutthroat. All Honors students have strong records of achievement and personal success, but the prevailing spirit in the program is supportive. Students work together, often in the residence halls where they live, and in seminar-sized classes designed to foster interaction and mutual learning.
Honors students can do everything La Salle offers—and they do. They write for and often edit the University paper and yearbook; they participate in service and outreach groups, such as Neighborhood Tutors; they take and lead service trips to Appalachia and Habitat for Humanity sites; they are members and officers of fraternities and sororities; they perform in Masque, the University theater group; and provide music for masses and prayer services. And some Honors students play Division I sports. All of this happens while following the Honors Program curriculum and demanding majors (and double majors or multiple minors).
Invitations to the Honors Program are based on a holistic review. Students are informed of their selection for the program at the same time as they receive notice of admission to the University.
Admitted students who are not automatically invited to the program may apply for consideration by completing the Honors Program Application.