Honors Program

Interdisciplinary Program Director: Elisabeth Wengler

The Honors Program gives students opportunities to enroll in Honors versions of Common Curriculum courses and to engage in independent thinking, research, and writing. Select and invitational, the Honors Program is open to entering first-year students by recommendation of the admission committee and the director of Honors. Well-qualified students may be admitted to the Honors Program at the sophomore level by application in the spring semester of their first year.

Each semester, Honors courses are offered to fulfill Common Curriculum requirements: Honors First-Year Seminar, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Social Science, Natural Science, Theology and Humanities, as well as upper-division Theology and the Ethics Common Seminar. In addition to regular Honors courses, Honors Reading Groups (under Honors 270 and 370) provide students with an opportunity to discuss great books of mutual interest with a professor and small group of classmates beyond the usual classroom.

Students in Honors may also earn 4 Honors Option credits by contracting with instructors of Common Curriculum or departmental courses to supplement normal course work with an additional reading, research and/or writing project.  The Honors Option requires the approval of the Honors Director.  In exceptional circumstances, students may be allowed to earn 8 credits.  Students interested in an Honors Option should contact the Honors Director. Students are encouraged to plan Honors Common Curriculum courses into their four-year plan of study carefully, especially if they intend to study abroad.

To graduate with "All-College Honors" students must earn 32 credits or more in honors courses, including 12 credits in 300-level courses. With the approval of the Honors Director, an Honors Option may be used to fulfill 4 of the 32 credits required. For students who enter the program in their sophomore year or who spend a semester abroad, the 32 credit requirement is reduced to 28 credits. 

Suggested Sequence

Students normally take one Honors course each of the eight semesters they are enrolled for a total of eight courses. However, students who want an additional challenge are encouraged to take two or more Honors courses in a given semester. Students may choose to write an All-College Thesis in place of one Honors course. Students who choose to do this must register for COLG 396 in their junior year and for COLG 398 in their senior year and work closely with a faculty member in their major field.

First year: Honors FYS 100 and 101 and/or Honors Philosophy (H250).
Sophomore year: One or two 100-level or 300-level courses each semester.
Junior year: One or two 300-level courses each semester or Honors Option. COLG 396 if COLG 398 is anticipated for the senior year.
Senior year: One or two 300-level honors courses or Honors Option (if the student has not taken one previously) and/or COLG 398 in the student's major field.

For the most current information about the Honors Program, please consult our website at: https://www.csbsju.edu/honors

Courses (HONR)