Honors Program

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The Honors Program is designed for a select group of students whose high school record, class rank and/or SAT scores indicate superior scholastic aptitude or who, in their college work, demonstrate unusual proficiency and scholarly interests through a superior grade point average.

Upon graduation, honors students are awarded a medal and certificate. Participation in the Honors Program is noted on their transcripts.

Honors Program Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for their majors, students must fulfill the following:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Honors Curriculum
  • Independent Research Project

Honors Curriculum

The Honors Curriculum brings students and faculty together in an exploration of topical ideas and issues. The curriculum's rigor of in-depth study and round-table discussions expose students to ideas outside their major fields of study to expand their critical thinking skills.

Independent Research Project

Each honors student prepares a faculty-mentored Honors Independent Study Project and presents the project to the SEU community or at a scholarly conference. This experience increases students' abilities to do substantive research, expand their problem-solving abilities, develop a public speaking voice, and practice a variety of leadership skills.

Students researched topics, such as:

  • The High Price of Low-Cost Fashion
  • The Politics of Hair
  • Perception of Women in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer with Adipose Derived Stem Cells Promoting Wound Healing
  • Clear and Present Danger: A Look into the History of Civil Liberties vs. National Security
  • Research on Traumatic Brain Injury in Rodents


The program hosts notable speakers, arranges study abroad opportunities, and organizes trips, including the much-anticipated, annual excursion to The Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) conference.

Honors students participate in an induction ceremony and enjoy an annual, end-of-the-year banquet.