Honors Program Frequently Asked Questions
Frequenty Asked Questions for Prospective Students
The honors program provides students with many benefits including early course registration and development grants of up to $300 per year to enhance learning projects.
Honors courses are not necessarily harder than other University courses; however, they are designed to challenge students in ways that will make them better learners and prepare them for their future career and educational goals. In general, the courses are more student-centered and more interdisciplinary in their focus. Students are expected more actively to shape the classroom experience and to pursue topics that interest them in greater depth.
Are Honors courses offered at special times or on a special schedule? Or are they just like regular courses?
No, honors courses are not offered at special times. They are scheduled as any other University course would be scheduled.
Yes! Students can pursue any major at this University and also be in the honors program. Faculty and staff advisors will help you integrate the requirements of your major with those of the honors program.
Unfortunately, outside of the Honors Student Development Grants, there are not any scholarships offered at Saint Xavier University reserved specifically for students in the honors program.
All AP credit will count, whether for honors core requirements or other University core requirements.
Honors students live together during their freshman year only. Having an honors floor in the freshman residence hall provides honors students with the opportunity to forge a community with their honors peers both inside and outside of the classroom.
Frequenty Asked Questions for Current Students
Honors courses satisfy 24 hours of University requirements.
Development grant request forms are due by March 1st. Copies of receipts documenting expenditures are due May 1st.
Fellowship requests are due by March 1st. Copies of receipts documenting expenditures are due May 1st.
Development grants can be used for any purchase or expense that is connected to a learning project in which a student is engaged. In the past, students have used their development grants to help pay for studying abroad, supplementary books or DVD’s in their area(s) of interest, lab and art supplies, travel to academic conferences, and related expenditures.
Yes, you can satisfy your fieldwork requirement over the summer before or after your junior year.
Generally, students pursue honors senior projects in their major and/or minor, and work with a mentor who teaches in their major or minor area of study.
The HONOR 350-351 sequence (Honors Junior Fieldwork I and II) is taken during the fall and spring of a student’s junior year. Students are required to take at least two hours of HONOR 350 and 351 -- 1 credit -hour for the weekly class meeting and at least 1 credit-hour for on-site fieldwork experience. The HONOR 352-353 sequence (Honors Senior Project Seminar I and II) is taken during the fall and spring of a student’s senior year. Students are required to take at least two hours of HONOR 352 and 353 -- 1 credit-hour for the weekly class meetings and at least 1 credit-hour for the time they put into their projects. Exceptions may be made if students are receiving some credit for the same fieldwork or senior project research in their own major area. Then they may be advised to register for only one credit hour to cover the weekly class meetings.
The honors program is designed to enrich the undergraduate experience, but not expedite it. However, it may be possible for students to graduate a semester early, if they have completed all University, major and honors requirements. It is not possible to graduate a full year early, however, because the student would be unable to complete both junior fieldwork and senior project requirements.