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The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) partners with the Schreyer Honors College to offer honors courses (including research project courses and independent studies), a thesis experience, research opportunities, internships, study abroad experiences, graduate opportunities, and advising to students who seek an honors education. Our goal is to produce critical thinkers who push the boundaries of what we know, and thoughtful researchers who undertake meaningful and rigorous studies of the impact of information technologies on individuals, organizations, and society. On this page, we explain how Penn State students can apply to the Honors College and describe all that the College of IST offers honors students.


Penn State students may apply to enter honors study in the College of IST in the spring semester of freshman or sophomore year through the Gateway application.


Honors students in the College of IST benefit from the advising services of both a faculty honors adviser and academic advisers in the Advising Center. Faculty honors advisers are tasked with all things honors-related.

Courses, Independent Studies

Honors courses offered regularly range from introductory (IST 110H) to advanced (IST 445H and IST 489H) levels. Check the Schedule of Courses each semester to find these and other less regular honors offerings. (Use the Additional Search Criteria to specify College of IST and Honors Courses.)

Honors Thesis Experience

The undergraduate thesis provides the developing scholar with an opportunity to explore ideas in a culminating academic experience. Each semester of a student’s undergraduate program presents an opportunity to make progress toward the thesis—

Research Opportunities

One of the best ways to prepare for doing a thesis is to participate in research in a faculty member’s research lab. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities page provides information on exhibitions and symposia, grants, travel support, and research opportunity postings.

Graduate Opportunities

Honors students may take graduate courses by obtaining permission from course instructors. Graduate courses count toward the Scholar’s requirement for honors credit (i.e., a 3-credit graduate course counts as a 3-credit honors course for undergraduate honors students).

Internship and Study Abroad

IST’s Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement offers many services to students to assist students in obtaining an internship.

Honors Resources

Faculty honors advisers and College administrators help coordinate events and resources for honors students in the College.