The Honors Program at Saint Xavier University is designed to nurture future leaders, like you, and provide you with a competitive edge in your field of study. Our program is a supportive community for motivated students of diverse backgrounds, disciplines and ideas to engage in a thematic curriculum that fosters interdisciplinary learning and student-faculty collaborative research.
Why Honors at SXU?
- Dedicated faculty whose research activity directly shapes your learning experience
- Opportunities to work closely with faculty in your field on research projects you design
- Special Honors grants to support individual research, conferences and travel study
- Eligibility for the Oxford Study Abroad Program
- Personalized advising and early registration to guarantee integration of Honors coursework with requirements of your major
Message to Transfer Students
Transfer students who enter Saint Xavier University with a GPA of 3.75 or above in college-level coursework currently are eligible for admission into the Honors Program. You are invited to contact the program director at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Once admitted into the program, those with 45 or more credit hours of college coursework will complete the requirements with four honors courses, one of which must be the honors capstone project. Transfers entering the program with fewer than 45 credit hours may graduate with honors by taking five or six honors courses, depending on their point of entry.
Your Honors coursework will prepare you to make a positive contribution--not only to your field of study but to your larger community--bridging the distance between learning and doing, theory and practice with hands-on learning experiences and the application of knowledge to real-world situations.
- Students will develop the habits of active learners -- taking responsibility for their education by preparing for and participating in class discussions, recognizing their role within the larger learning community and collaborating with their peers in the construction of community knowledge.
- Students will learn the benefits of intellectual flexibility -- demonstrating curiosity, engaging multiple perspectives, tolerating ambiguity and taking intellectual risks.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to summarize, synthesize, analyze and evaluate a broad range of material, including a significant number of primary texts.* Secondary sources that highlight a range of approaches or perspectives on a given topic may be introduced in courses from the second semester of instruction onward, helping students to become more disciplined and critical in their reading, thinking and writing.
- Students will develop independence with respect to their learning -- formulating questions that take them beyond the boundaries of the classroom experience, discovering new information that builds on course material and applying content to new situations.
- Students will develop integrative habits of mind, beginning with first-year coursework organized around a common theme and continuing through the curriculum with more explicit interdisciplinary encounters.
- Students will demonstrate oral communication skills through class discussions in seminar-like learning environments, culminating in the undergraduate research conference where students present their senior project research.
* Primary texts will encourage students to develop their own interpretations or conclusions and may be drawn from a wide range of sources: published, recorded or filmed texts; original or archival documents; interviews; surveys; found works of art or music; laboratory experiments; and, of course, experiential encounters.
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Honors Program students in their senior year present their creative and research projects at the annual SXU Honors Program Undergraduate Conference in April. The culmination of their disciplinary and honors learning experiences, these projects emerge from questions the students themselves articulate, and methods and processes they design with the help of faculty mentors. For support in their pursuits, senior honors students enroll in a multidisciplinary research writing seminar, a structure that embodies Cardinal John Henry Newman's "Idea of a University."
By educating students in a way that encourages them to apprehend and appreciate the way the sciences interact with each other, the Saint Xavier Honors Program is preparing them to engage with the world's challenges in a more flexible, imaginative way.
Students present the most salient aspects of their work at the one-day conference
near the end of April, to which all members of the Saint Xavier community, family
and friends are invited. This work is supported by SXU faculty and staff, and by student
development grants toward the purchase of research materials, attendance at national
conferences, and travel expenses.
The program also offers an academic prize for the Best Honors Student Project, awarded at the luncheon following the conference.
Honors Senior Project Awards
Luke Archer - "Comparison of the bacterial populations in commercial topsoil with populations in
nutrient media of deep waterhydroponic culture of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) (PDF)
(Mentor: Dr. Joseph Dertien)
Gisselle Lopez - "Finding the Mother: The Wollstonecraftian Feminist Influence in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
and its Media" (PDF)
(Mentor: Dr. Mary Beth Tegan)
- Spring 2018 (PDF)
(Mentor: Dr. Bindhu Alappat)
- Spring 2017 (PDF)
Linda Boulton - "The Unemployable Grad: Exploring the Disparity between Perceptions and Expectations of Communication Competence" (DOCX) (Mentor: Dr. L. Renee Robinson)
Brian Laughran - "The Gravedigger: Breaking the Traditional Context of Women in the American Western"(DOCX) (Mentor: Dr. Joel Sternberg)
- Spring 2016 (PDF)
"Looking back, I think Saint Xavier gave me the foundation to not only cope with the
volume of material that medical school had to offer, but it also gave me a sense of
purpose. I think that's one thing that's really important to remember as you move
forward-- think about what your project means to you and how it can affect the community."
(From his speech delivered at the 2017 Honors Conference)
Darryl Brown, Class of 2012