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SBU Honors Program

A Message from the Director

It is my pleasure to invite you to consider the Honors Program at SBU. This innovative program provides a unique learning experience for students who excel academically and desire to be challenged intellectually and as an individual.  The SBU Honors Program nurtures students in four areas of life:  academic, servant leadership, intercultural, and spiritual. 

While most honors programs primarily emphasize academics, the Honors Program at SBU strives to develop students in ways that are more than just intellectual.  The majority of the honors coursework meets general education requirements and adds a minimum number of hours to a student’s required coursework.  Courses such as Honors Introduction to Fine Arts provide a cultural foundation for each student so that the enriching opportunities given to honors scholars can be fully appreciated.  In addition to the general education coursework, the Honors Colloquium offers a forum for stimulating, intellectual discussion on a variety of topics, and the Honors Capstone Experience presents students with the opportunity to complete research in their chosen field with a professor in their area of study. 

In addition to the academic coursework, the SBU Honors Program encourages students to become active in the university life through service, leadership, and spiritual development.  Honors scholars are also invited to attend various concerts, plays, art exhibits, and lecture series, at no cost to the students.  Honors students have enjoyed productions at Juanita K. Hammons Hall such as STOMP, Ring of Fire, Movin' Out, and Ballet Hispanico, the Our National Parks Exhibit at the Ella Corothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, and Josef Luptak, a Slovakian cellist who performed on the SBU campus. In addition to attending cultural events, selected students will meet fellow honors scholars at the regional meeting of the National Collegiate Honor Council.

The Honors Program at SBU gives students a variety of opportunities: cultural events, enriching coursework with honors professors, one-on-one research with a professor in your field, and a community of fellow honors scholars. Space in the program is limited to the thirty most qualified freshmen in each class. Transfer students are considered on an individual basis.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns at 417-328-2093 or

Dr. Allison Langford, Ed.D.
Dutile Honors Program Director