Honors Program for Transfer Students
The Honors Program at Saint Xavier University offers an enriched academic experience to talented and highly motivated transfer students who attend the university full time. Transfer students in the Honors Diploma Track of the SXU Undergraduate Honors Program will enjoy the benefits of close work with faculty on student designed projects and personalized registration to guarantee integration of Honors course work with the requirements of their major. They will profit from an academic environment that enhances personal development and growth and will be awarded an Honors Diploma upon graduation, and their undergraduate transcripts will note their successful completion of Honors course work.
Transfer students are reviewed for admission into the Honors Diploma Track if they have completed thirty to seventy credit-hours at a community or another baccalaureate college, if they plan to attend the university full time, and if they meet the minimum qualification for transfer admission into Honors Program with a GPA of 3.5 or above in college course work. The application files of transfer students who meet the minimal qualification are reviewed and, based on the number of openings in the program, a portion of those who meet the minimum qualification are invited to submit an essay articulating their academic goals and their reasons for seeking admission into the Honors Program. Based on a review of the essays and application files, a portion of transfer students invited to submit the essay will be admitted into the program.
The program prepares students for the challenges of leadership in their chosen fields and provides:
- Opportunities to work closely with faculty on student-designed projects
- Personalized registration to guarantee integration of Honors coursework with requirements of their major
- Opportunities for study abroad and challenging internships.
Honors Diploma Track students may pursue any major offered at Saint Xavier University. Honors course work may be used to satisfy university core electives or elective credit within the student’s major. To qualify, students must be able and willing to complete a part of their required Honors course work during weekday, day time hours.
Program Course Requirements for Transfer Students
The track involves two Honors Seminars (3 credit-hours each) that satisfy university General Education Requirements in Philosophy and Religious Studies, a two semester junior year seminar (2-6 credit-hours total) which prepares students to formulate proposals for their Honors Senior Project, and Honors Senior Project Seminar (2-6 credit-hours total), which they take during the fall and spring of their senior year. In Honors Senior Project Seminar, students work with a mentor in their major field of study to produce a substantial research or creative project, which they present at our annual Honors Senior Conference. These courses may be used to satisfy University core requirements or elective requirements in the major.
The following outlines the typical two year sequence of courses for Honors Diploma students who enter the program in the fall:
|Fall||Hon. 250||Honors Humanities|
|Hon. 350||Honors Fieldwork Seminar (1-3 credit-hours)|
|Spring||Hon. 151||Honors Philosophy|
|Hon. 351||Honors Fieldwork Seminar (1-3 credit-hours)|
|Fall||Hon. 352||Honors Senior Project I (1-3 credit-hours)|
|Spring||Hon. 353||Honors Senior Project II (1-3 credit-hours)|