Your Four-Year Honors Experience

Your four years in the St. Edward’s Honors program will be an adventure. As an Honors student, your first few years will include small seminar discussions and team-taught courses with faculty from different disciplines. In these courses, you'll consider challenging and engaging topics from varied perspectives, such as Why the Batman IS the Joker: Literary and Psychological Perspectives on the Self and Other.

Students also work closely with supportive mentors — St. Edward’s University's highly accomplished professors — and dialogue and share interests with fellow Honors students. What you explore inside and outside the classroom gives you a valuable skill set, introduces you to new ideas, and influences your future personal and professional paths.

During you final year in the program, you engage in independent and original research through your Honors senior thesis. Past 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 to reflect intensive learning over the previous four years; it will rely on your individual passions and all of your studies.

POSSIBLE HONORS DEGREE PLAN

St. Edward’s University requires honors students to fulfill 24 credit hours of coursework through the Honors Program. Over the course of four years, we provide students with opportunities to study with talented faculty in intimate seminar settings, engage in creative and dynamic interdisciplinary experiences, and undertake rigorous research with the support of faculty mentors within their major.  

The First-Year Experience

The first year in the Honors Program is characterized by a supportive and engaging learning community. Students are enrolled in two community-based seminars, one in the fall and one in the spring, that provide opportunities to work closely with talented faculty and learn in intimate environments where dynamic conversations flourish. All first-year Honors students reside in a Living-Learning Community, which extends the classroom conversation into the residence hall, while establishing lifelong friendships. Students also explore the significance of a community and liberal arts education and a meaningful life through two one-hour seminars (8 credit hours). 

The four community-based seminars for the upcoming academic year include:

(Students will select two of the four.)

All of these courses fulfill a university General Education requirement. Please see Current Students for equivalencies.

The two one-hour Honors seminars include: 

  • Community and a Liberal Arts Education (Fall)
  • Meaningful Lives (Spring)

The Second- and Third-Year Experience

The second and third years are designed to foster intellectual independence and curiosity. Three courses and a seminar are split between four semesters. They include two team-taught, interdisciplinary courses that provide innovative learning opportunities to think across disciplines; a one-hour Curiosity Seminar, where students think carefully about a focused and perhaps unexpected topic selected by the professor; and a Contracted Course in the Major, where students develop a mentoring relationship with faculty in their majors as well as develop the skills required for independent research (10 credit hours).   

The team-taught courses for the next academic year include:

(Students will select two of the four.)

All of these courses fulfill a university General Education requirement. Please see Current Students page for equivalencies.

 

One-hour Honors curiosity seminars include:

 

Course in the discipline includes:

  • Contracted Course in the Major

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONTRACTING A COURSE IN YOUR MAJOR

The Fourth-Year Experience

The fourth year focuses on independent research and an Honors senior thesis. Students prepare for their senior thesis with a semester-long research or internship project with the support of a research mentor within their major. This research can also occur during the summer before the fourth year, and is often supported financially through the Office of Fellowships. Students' research is presented to the University community at the Honors Symposium and submitted to the faculty mentor as their senior thesis.

 

Courses include:

  • Honors Preparation (HONS 4370)
  • Honors Senior Thesis (HONS 4399)

HONORS SENIOR THESIS PROPOSAL

HONORS SENIOR THESIS SCHEDULE AND CONTRACT