About CHP

Welcome to the Campus Honors Program!

The Campus Honors Program (CHP) at the University of Illinois is an exciting intellectual and social home for curious, engaged, and diverse students and faculty who are committed to expanding their knowledge and to changing the world for the better. I could not be happier to have the privilege of serving as Interim Director of this successful and lively program, and I can’t wait to get to know you all.

The University of Illinois is a big place, and it is a prestigious Research 1 institution as well, with thriving doctoral programs and internationally prominent research facilities and agendas. And yet, in my time here, I’ve also known this University to be devoted to undergraduate education and the undergraduate experience in ways that aren’t necessarily common at research institutions. Undergraduates are in fact central to this University’s mission: you are why we are here. Whether you are from Illinois, elsewhere in the U.S., or from another country, we are grateful you have chosen to join us here in Urbana-Champaign, here in our Honors Program as Chancellor’s Scholars, and here at 1205 W. Oregon, the Honors House, a place I hope you’ll want to visit often.

Our alumni are also always welcome at the House and at events that we hope to again host in person this year. I look forward to learning more about you and your postgraduate lives, and I hope you’ll feel free to be in touch.

We’ve all just been through a year like no other, and I have so much admiration and respect for how this generation of students is handling challenging and unique circumstances. Although Zoom and other platforms made it possible for classes and events to continue last year, and many hybrid options may be with us to stay, we will never take the ability to see our students in person for granted again. At CHP, we’ll follow all University and State guidance on in-person events, and your safety will be our highest priority. We anticipate a much more normal year in 2021-2022, and the fact that we are so optimistic about that has everything to do with how hard you continuing students worked last year to keep each other and the community safe. Thank you.

I’m so excited about the dynamite classes you will have the opportunity to take as part of our outstanding CHP curriculum. Associate Director Anne Price will assist you with all course and registration-related issues. And Associate Director Elizabeth Rockman will again be organizing a fabulous array of co-curricular opportunities for you: our Scholar Adventurer Series and other experiential options offer you the chance to interact with faculty across campus and with community members as well. We hope that in Spring 2022 we’ll again be offering the opportunity for participation in an Intercultural Study Tour to London, as well as a possible backpacking trip to Yellowstone.

As Chancellor’s Scholars, you all are part of a special overlapping community on campus. CHP is not a “bubble” in which you only interact with one another. However, via regular CHP coursework, and through the abovementioned co-curricular activities, you do have the opportunity to make CHP one of your true campus homes. At a big university, CHP is a welcoming harbor, a warm and friendly oasis, as well as an intellectual home. Welcome!

Laurie Johnson
Interim Director, Campus Honors Program

Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures, and affiliated with Comparative and World
Literature and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Download the CHP Brochure here to learn more about Campus Honors!