A fit for any major, the Saint Louis University Honors Program offers honors-only courses and smaller, seminar-style classes. Students are also encouraged to participate in internships, independent research projects and study abroad semesters.
Many honors students go on to professional schools, graduate programs or to receive prestigious scholarships and fellowships. Others are hired by world-class businesses, engineering firms and non-profit organizations. Still others join organizations like the Peace Corps or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Above all, our honors students become citizens who engage in the process of inquiry and apply their knowledge in service to society.
Students in the Honors Program have access to special academic experiences that enrich their general education studies and deepen their major-specific coursework.
Students in the Honors Program have access to a specialized secondary advisor who assists students with the design and completion of a curriculum plan that accounts for honors requirements as they complete a primary program of study. Honors Program students are also eligible to register for classes one business day prior to other students at their grade level, a privilege that allows them to craft a schedule responsive to their preferences and study habits.
First- and second-year Honors Program students can participate in the Honors Learning Community, a residential program that features curricular/co-curricular programming to enrich a student's academic and social experience.
The Honors Program at Saint Louis University engages intellectually curious and academically successful students in a community oriented towards the Jesuit ideals of holistic learning, academic rigor, and community engagement. Through a combination of individually tailored curricula, experiential learning opportunities, and developmental guidance and mentorship, the Honors Program prepares students to become citizens who engage in the process of inquiry and apply their knowledge in service to society.
The mission of the University Honors Program is informed by the following core values:
- Holistic learning
- Academic innovation
- Ignatian reflection
- Global citizenship
Through a combination of individually tailored curricula, experiential learning opportunities, and developmental guidance and mentorship, the Honors Program develops students who will be able to accomplish the following within each of the core values:
- Communicate thoughtfully and effectively in multiple disciplines and contexts.
- Apply knowledge to social, cultural and professional contexts.
- Identify and apply multiple methods of inquiry to address complex questions.
- Conduct extensive, quality research or scholarship in a chosen academic field.
- Describe the evolution of their quest for personal and professional purpose, as it is situated in social, cultural and historical contexts.
- Demonstrate awareness of the complex identities of themselves and others.
- Discern how their engagement with diverse communities and cultures affects themselves and others.