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 The Richard J. Daley Honors College

Benli M. Shechter, Ph.D.
Honors College Director; Associate Professor of Social and Political Science


The philosophy of the Honors Program at Daley College is divided into four parts: Specialized Instruction, Leadership Training, Social & Cultural Events, and Civic Engagement.                       

Specialized Instruction                      

The Honors Program at Daley College strives to provide accomplished students with the opportunity to engage in studies that are more intellectually challenging than traditional sections of the same course offerings.  Honors courses are not necessarily accelerated, but rather enriched around a specialized topic, allowing students to commit more time to the intensive study of select learning outcomes.  Honors learning outcomes are developed by committed faculty with the requisite experience in the area of study.                      

Leadership Training                      

Within every student is leadership potential. One leader is not like the next…nor should he or she be. Through various opportunities, both on and off campus, students will learn more about themselves, and learn to create their own personalized leadership philosophy. In group settings, students will experiment with various aspects of leadership, while gaining ethical perspectives on leadership knowledge, skills, and aptitude. Students will learn to realize their leadership potential, and then, put this ability into practice.  Our goal is to unleash the leadership potential of all students, so that they may clearly emerge as the leaders of tomorrow.                      

Social & Cultural Events                      

Living and working in a global economy requires students to enhance their knowledge of and ability to work, live, and interact well with others of diverse backgrounds.  With this in mind, students explore the vastness of cultural diversity through meetings, events, community service, research, and project-based learning.                      

Civic Engagement                      

Civic engagement is integral to Honors coursework at Daley College.  Using a student-chosen theme, each Honors course will have a civic engagement component that requires students to participate in a project-based assignment, delivered as a global challenge, problem, or driving question by Honors College faculty members. This challenge is relevant to specific course objectives and Honors College student learning outcomes for each course.  In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of four hours of civic engagement through service learning per semester, where they learn to put the theory of engagement into practice of service. Many opportunities for service learning are presented to students throughout the academic year through the Honors College office and through Honors courses.                      


In order to become an Honors College members, students must meet the following criteria:                      

  • Complete an Application 
  • Earn a 3.0 or higher College GPA or 3.0 or higher High School GPA on a 4.0 scale or 4.0 High School GPA on a 5.0 scale 
  • Place in or be eligibility for English 101 and Math 118 or higher or ACT score of 21 or higher 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation: one from faculty 
  • Complete an essay 
  • Interview with the Honors College Director 

Program Requirements                      

Honors students are not required to take a certain number of Honors courses each semester.  Once accepted, Honors students can take as many or as few Honors classes as they wish.  However, if students wish to earn Honors College Certification Graduation status, students must do four things:                     

a) Successfully complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in Honors coursework prior to graduation;                      

b) Maintain a 3.0 Graduate GPA;                        

c) Complete a minimum of 15 hours of Service Learning, and                      

d) Graduate with an Associate’s Degree from Daley College.                      


There are many benefits that you may qualify for as a member of the Honors College:                      

  • Honors designation on academic transcript 
  • Enriched coursework 
  • Priority registration Smaller class sizes 
  • Transferable courses 
  • Scholarship opportunities 
  • Course fee waivers 
  • Personalized attention from Honors College professors 
  • Interaction with other highly motivated students 
  • Conference attendance 
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Individualized Transfer Fairs 
  • Honors Certificate of Completion 
  • Specialized advising 
  • Guest lecturers 
  • Illinois college campus tours 
  • Travel 

Students who apply to the Honors College at Daley College may also be members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; however, such membership is not required.   Neither does membership in one program reciprocate to membership in the other.  The Honors College at Daley collaborates with Phi Theta Kappa on various academic events and initiatives; however, the two programs, although working out of the same office, operate separately and one should not be confused with the other.                         



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Faculty & Staff

Benli Shechter, Director:


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Chapter Officers          

Chapter Advisor: Professor Jeremy Basso & Christina Robinson​  

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7500 South Pulaski Rd
Room 2408
Chicago , IL 60652
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