Information for Our Current Students

Here, current Honors students can find guidance through the Honors curriculum, class equivalences, information on your senior thesis and the Honors Symposium. This information will keep you on track in your studies and alleviate any anxieties about approved credits. We also encourage mentors and counselors to use this guide when advising current and future Honors students.

You'll also find instructions for contracting a course in your major as well as the required forms for your Honors senior thesis proposal, schedule, and contract as downloadable PDF files.

Questions? Contact the Honors Program director stevero [at] stedwards.edu (Dr. Steve Rodenborn).

  • Honors Curriculum

  • General Education Equivalencies in the Honors Curriculum

  • Senior Thesis and Symposium

Honors Curriculum

"The HONORS PROGRAM at St. Edward’s University empowers high-achieving and curious students to create meaningful lives." - Program Mission Statement

Honors students are required to fulfill 24 credit hours of coursework through the Honors Program.

(The following curriculum applies to students who entered the program during or after the 2015-16 academic year. Students entering before that will work with the program director to identify the best course of study for each student.)

General Education

     Two of the following first-year LLC small seminars:

  • Ecology and the Community 
  • Theologies of Community: Who is My Neighbor?
  • Diverse Communities across Space and Place 
  • The Printed Page and Silver Screen: Imagining Community 

6 hours

See equivalences in next tab.

 

     Two of the following team-taught courses:

  • Making Sense of the World in Words: Writing About Science    
  • Art and Ethics: Van Gogh’s Ear, Blendered Goldfish, Burning the Flag and Beyond     
  • The Shaping of the Modern World 
  • Why the Batman IS the Joker: Literary and Psychological Perspectives on the Self and Other 

6 hours

See equivalences in next tab.

 

Three One-Hour Honors Seminars

  • Community and a Liberal Arts Education
  • Meaningful Lives
  • Curiosity Seminar

Investigating Creativity

The Visual Art of Reading

Seeking Life Balance Through Yoga, Mediation and Chocolate

Income Inequality and Tax Policy

America's Truth Speakers: Comedians as Public Intellectuals

3 hours

Courses in the Discipline

  • Contracted Course in the Major
  • Senior Thesis Preparation/Research/Internship
  • Honors Senior Thesis

9 hours

Total

24 hours

POSSIBLE HONORS DEGREE PLAN

General Education Equivalencies in the Honors Curriculum

First-Year Courses

Ecology and the Community

    Equivalent:  Science in Depth or Biology 1307

Theologies of Community: Who is My Neighbor?

    Equivalent:  Religious Studies General Education

Diverse Communities Across Space and Place 

    Equivalent:  CULF 1320 or CULF 2321

The Printed Page and Silver Screen: Imagining Community 

    Equivalent:  CULF 1318 or CULF 1319

(Choose two of these four courses during your first year.)

 

Team-Taught Courses for Sophomores and Juniors

Making Sense of the World in Words: Writing About Science

    Equivalent:  SCIE 2321 (Science in Perspective) or Science in Depth

Why Batman IS the Joker: Literary and Psychological Perspectives on the Self and Other 

    Equivalent:  CULF 1318 or PSYC 2349 Elective

Art and Ethics: Van Gogh’s Ear, Blendered Goldfish, Burning the Flag and Beyond 

    Equivalent:  PHIL 2329 (Ethics)

The Shaping of the Modern World 

    Equivalent:  CULF 3330 or Philosophy General Education

 

Questions? Please contact: stevero [at] stedwards.edu (Steve Rodenborn, PhD), 512-637-5618

COURSE EQUIVALENCIES

Senior Thesis and Symposium

Your Honors senior thesis is where you will engage in independent research and thesis creation. Past thesis projects include creative work such as graphic novels, plays, and fashion designs, as well as varied academic research on Gothic architecture and gentrification and art in Harlem and East Austin. Your final project is intended for you to reflect on your individual passions and create a work close to your own interests.

You will prepare for your senior thesis with a semester-long research or internship project constructed with the support of a research mentor within your major. This research can also occur during the summer before the fourth year, and is often supported financially through the Office of Fellowships

HONORS SENIOR THESIS PROPOSAL

SENIOR THESIS SCHEDULE AND CONTRACT

Your research will be presented to the university community at the Honors Symposium and submitted to your faculty mentor as your senior thesis.

OUR MOST RECENT SYMPOSIUM