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James Scholar Honors Program

The James Scholar Program is a University-wide program established to encourage undergraduate research, independent study and the opportunity to work with renowned faculty.

The programs are named for Edmund J. James, the fourth president of the University of Illinois. James believed scholarship and research are fundamental to human progress.


School of Social Work Program

In the School of Social Work, we value exploration in its many forms. This spirit of discovery is built into our James Scholar Honors Program, as our high-achieving students explore their many passions, interests, and talents.

James Scholars work closely with faculty members to enrich their academic experience. Students who graduate with James Scholars honors receive honor cords for the commencement ceremony.

Who can become a James Scholar?

  • Continuing Social Work students who are not already James Scholars may self-nominate with a 3.60 cumulative Illinois GPA.
  • All qualified students will receive an email invitation from the Honors Director at the start of the semester.
  • James Scholar students who transfer into Social Work from other colleges on campus maintain their honors designation, assuming all requirements were met through their previous college.

Read Daily Illini article about the value of the James Scholar cords

James Scholar Program Student Handbook

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