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Honors Learning Outcomes

The SXU Honors Program curriculum is designed to nurture future leaders, cultivate skills and habits of mind that enable students to become independent thinkers and learners. 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, by providing opportunities for 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 well 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; there will be a gradual expansion of audience as students move through the curriculum, 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.

Curriculum Map

Honors Program Curriculum Map

  First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
Get the Courses You Need
  • Honors Communication
  • Honors English
  • Honors Philosophy
  • Honors Elective
  • Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar


  • Fieldwork Experience
  • Optional: Travel Study
Honors Senior Seminar

Honors Program Curriculum Map (Transfer Students)

  First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
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  • Honors Philosophy
  • Honors Elective or Fieldwork Experience
  • Honors Contract Course
  • Honors Senior Seminar