Honors Institute Topics and Sites

Established in 1968, Phi Theta Kappa's Honors Institute launches the examination of the Society's Honors Study Topic. The Honors Institute is an intensive exploration of the topic, featuring internationally recognized speakers, small group seminars, educational field trips and experiential activities. The following is a list of past Honors Study Topics and Honors Institute dates and locations.


1968 Our Cultural Heritage: 1800-1860 | Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

1969 The Changing Nature of American Society: A Challenge to Government | Marymount College of Virginia, Arlington, Virginia

1970 A Study of Twentieth-Century Drama | Bennett College, Millbrook, New York

1971 Man, A Part of Nature/Man, Apart from Nature | Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

1972 The State of Our Nation: Toward Responsible Contributory Citizenship | American University, Washington, D.C.

1973 Voices of Human Experience, I | Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

1974 Voices of Human Experience, II | Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia

1975 Franklin and Jefferson: Apostles in '76 | University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

1976 William Faulkner: The Man, His Land, His Legend | University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

1977 Music: The Listener's Art | Cumberland College, Lebanon, Tennessee

1978 Man Alive: Can He Survive? | Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

1979 The Brilliant Future of Man: Problem Solving Time | Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina

1980 A Time for Truth: America's Need for Governmental Renaissance | Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

1981 Man in Crisis: A Quest for Values | State University of New York, Purchase, New York

1982 The Short Story: Mirror of Humanity | University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, Mississippi

1983 Signed by the Masters | C.W. Post College on Long Island, Greenvale, New York

1984 America, A World-Class Citizen: Image and Reality | University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, Mississippi

1985 Ethics and Today's Media: An Endangered Alliance? | Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

1986 The American Dream: Past, Present, and Future | Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

1987 The U.S. Constitution: Assuring Continuity Through Controversy | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

1988 The Character and Climate of Leadership: Old Frontiers and New Frontiers | Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

1989 The Americas: Distant Neighbors Building Bridges | University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1990 Civilization at Risk: Challenge of the '90s | Adelphi University, Long Island, New York

1991 The Paradox of Freedom: A Global Dilemma | University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1992 1492-1992: The Dynamics of Discovery | College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

1993 Our Complex World: Balancing Unity and Diversity | Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

1994 Science, Humanity and Technology: Shaping a New Creation | Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

1995 Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities: An Indelicate Balance | Chapman University, Orange, California

1996 The Arts: Landscape of Our Time | Bryant College, Smithfield, Rhode Island

1997 Family: Myth, Metaphor and Reality | Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

1998 The Pursuit of Happiness: Conflicting Visions and Values | The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

1999 The New Millennium: The Past As Prologue | The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

2000 In the Midst of Water: Origin and Destiny of Life | The University of San Diego, San Diego, California

2001 Customs, Traditions, and Celebrations: The Human Drive for Community | Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

2002 Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choices in the Maze | Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

2003 Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choices in the Maze | The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

2004 Popular Culture: Shaping and Reflecting Who We Are | University of California, Los Angeles, California

2005 Popular Culture: Shaping and Reflecting Who We Are | University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

2006 Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power | University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

2007 Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power | Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

2008 The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences | San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

2009 The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences | University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

2010 The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise | Chapman University, Orange, California

2011 The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise | Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

2012 The Culture of Competition | University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

2013 The Culture of Competition | Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration | Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri