The Honors program at Saint Xavier University offers an enriched academic experience to talented and highly motivated students. Saint Xavier offers a four-year honors curriculum, the Honors Scholar program, for incoming full-time freshmen, as well as a track for transfer students, the honors diploma track. Both tracks develop skills and nurture habits of mind that encourage and enable students independently to pursue knowledge in their chosen fields and, ultimately, to advance learning. The program offers students stimulating honors seminars designed around themes of compelling interest, and provides opportunities for applied internships, study abroad, and group and individual research under the direction of highly qualified faculty mentors. The program is committed to providing social and cultural activities that enrich the academic experience and that create a community of learners among honors students and faculty. The program also is committed to supplying the resources that enable students to engage in independent research and learning.
Students in the Honors program will enjoy the benefits of close work with faculty on student-designed projects, personalized registration to guarantee integration of honors coursework with the requirements of their major, and an accelerated general education program that allows more time for individualized study. They will profit from an academic environment that enhances personal development and growth. Students who complete the program will be awarded an Honors diploma upon graduation, and their undergraduate transcripts will note their successful completion of honors coursework. This accomplishment supplies impressive credentials for future employment or for graduate study.
Honors students may pursue any major offered at Saint Xavier University. The five honors seminars which honors scholars have taken during the first two years of the program will satisfy, in fewer credit hours, a substantial portion of the University's general education requirements that they would be expected to complete were they not in the Honors program. Junior-year fieldwork and senior-year honors projects may satisfy elective requirements within the student's major.
M. Tegan, Director; J. Hiltner, Assistant Director
Admission to the Program
Students will be invited into the program on the basis of the credentials they submit with their application to Saint Xavier University. Other highly motivated students with a keen interest in the program will also have the opportunity to apply. Transfer students who qualify for the honors diploma track will be asked to submit a short essay to pursue their candidacy. All Honors program candidates will be considered for University scholarships, and all students accepted into the program will be eligible for grants to support creative or research projects.
Requirements for Completing the Honors Program
The Honors Scholar program involves 27 credit hours of coursework taken over the course of four years, most of which satisfies University general education requirements and elective requirements in the major. The students will take five honors seminars (15 credit hours) during the first two years. This coursework will satisfy 24 hours of University general education requirements. Students then will engage in 12 hours of honors fieldwork and honors senior project work during their last two years.
The following schedule outlines the typical four-year sequence of courses for honors scholars, and the core requirements satisfied by honors coursework:First Year:
Fall: HONOR 150: Honors English, 3 credit hours (satisfies English 120 requirement)
Spring: HONOR 151: Honors Philosophy, 3 credit hours (satisfies philosophy 140 Requirement)
HONOR 152: Honors Social Science, 3 credit hours (satisfies 3 credit hours in social sciences)
Math requirement: MATH 112, or any course 131 and above, except for education majors, who may satisfy the requirement with MATH 121 (fall or spring), 3 credit hoursSophomore Year:
Fall: HONOR 250: Honors Humanities, 3 credit hours (satisfies 6 credit hours in English, history, philosophy, religious studies, art, music-depending on topic)*
Spring: HONOR 253: Honors Science, 3 credit hours (satisfies 6 credit hours of general education science requirement in sciences)
Fall: HONOR 350: Honors Field Work I, 1-3 credit hours
Spring: Honor 351: Honors Field Work II, 1-3 credit hours
Senior Year:Fall: HONOR 352: Honors Senior Project I, 1-3 credit hours
Spring: Honor 353: Honors Senior Project II, 1-3 credit hours
**The honors program director will inform advisors in which core areas credit will be granted for the humanities seminars being offered in any given semester. This determination will be made in consultation with chairs of the departments involved.
Requirements for Completing the Honors Diploma Track for Transfer Students
Students in the honors diploma track take at least 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), which prepares students to formulate proposals for their honors senior project; and Honors Senior Project Seminar (2-6 credit hours), which they will take during the fall and spring of their senior year. In Honors Senior Project Seminar, students will work with a mentor in their major field of study to produce a substantial research or creative project, which they will present at our annual Honors Program Conference. These courses may be used to satisfy University general education requirements or elective requirements in the major. Honors diploma track students also are encouraged to take additional honors seminars in the social sciences and sciences to satisfy general education or elective requirements.
The following outlines a typical two-year sequence of courses for honors diploma students who enter the program in fall 2013:
Fall: HONOR 250: Honors Humanities, 3 credit hours (satisfies University general education requirement for religious studies); HONOR 350: Honors Fieldwork Seminar, 1-3 credit hours, students develop proposals for Honors Senior Project
Spring: HONOR 151: Honors Philosophy, 3 credit hours (satisfies University general education requirement for PHIL 140 or 150); HONOR 351: Honors Fieldwork Seminar, 1-3 credit hours, students develop proposals for Honors Senior Project
Fall: HONOR 352: Honors Senior Project I, 1-3 credit hours
Spring: HONOR 353: Honors Senior Project II, 1-3 credit hours
For the 2013-14 academic year, the theme for honors seminars is "And Justice for All." Seminars will pursue questions pertaining to social justice and equity from a variety of perspectives.