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 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.)
Two of the following first-year LLC small seminars:
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Two of the following team-taught courses:
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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
Ecology and the Community
Equivalent: Science in Depth or Biology 1307
Philosophy as a Way to Build a Community of Diverse Perspectives
Equivalent: Philosophy 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
Theologies of Community: Who is My Neighbor?
Equivalent: Religious and Theological Studies General Education
(Choose two of these four courses during your first year.)
Making Sense of the World in Words: Writing About Science
Equivalent: SCIE 2321 (Science in Perspective) or Science in Depth and/or ENGW 3306/WRIT 3339
Why Batman IS the Joker: Literary and Psychological Perspectives on the Self and Other
Equivalent: CULF 1318 and/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
The Shaping of the Modern World II
Equivalent: CULF 3331 or Philosophy General Education
Graphic Novels: The Interplay of Image and Text
Equivalent: CULF 1319
Questions? Please contact: stevero [at] stedwards.edu (Steve Rodenborn, PhD), 512-637-5618
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.
Your research will be presented to the university community at the Honors Symposium and submitted to your faculty mentor as your senior thesis.