dutile honors program
The mission of the Honors Program is to prepare servant leaders who are recognized
for their accomplishments and excellence in academics, intercultural experiences,
and spiritual development.
- Enhance the academic learning of students beyond that received in the typical classroom
- Develop student leaders
- Provide opportunities for intercultural experiences and intellectual exchange
- Encourage students to develop a lifelong commitment to spiritual discipline and development
Being involved in SBU’s Honors Program allowed me to cultivate long-lasting, deep
friendships while instilling the value of critical thinking, which helped me succeed
throughout college and continues to promote success in my career as a CPA.
why should you be an honors scholar?
As an Honors scholar, SBU will build upon your leadership potential and accomplishments
through opportunities to participate in:
- Honors-specific courses that provide scholastic enrichment, practical application
and professional development
- Honors colloquium for sophomore and junior students
- Senior Honors Capstone Experience in which you complete a project or research in your
field of study, including the integration of faith and discipline, with the guidance
of a faculty member
- Early class enrollment
- Centralized academic advising with Dutile Honors Program faculty and academic discipline
- Professional development opportunities at Honors conferences
- Special cultural opportunities
- Recognition on transcript and at graduation
frequently asked questions
Eligibility criteria for first-time freshmen include an ACT score of 28 or higher or an SAT score of 1310 or higher (combined
verbal and quantitative scores) and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants
must first complete an application for admission to SBU. Eligible students will then
receive a Scholars Day application and will attend Scholars Day in February during
which they will complete an on-campus interview and essay.
Eligible admitted students will receive an invitation to apply for Scholars Day. The
Scholars Day applications are available by the end of November. For questions about
the Scholars Day application, please contact the Office of Admissions at (417) 328-1810.
Application deadline is January 15.
Honors Program students have the opportunity to take honors-specific courses, participate
in special cultural opportunities, take advantage of early enrollment for classes,
enjoy centralized academic advising with the Honors Program Director and faculty members
in their major, and receive recognition on their transcripts and at graduation.
The Honors versions of University Seminar, Critical Thinking, and Introduction to
Fine Arts are required for all Honors students and fulfill General Education requirements. Honors
students must complete at least three of the following: Honors Composition, Honors
L.I.F.E. Economics, Honors Fundamentals of Speech, Honors New Testament, Honors American
Government and Honors U.S. History. Each of these courses also fulfill General Education
requirements. The Honors Colloquia (2 semesters of a 1-hour course) and the Honors
Capstone Experience (1-3 hours) are requirements for the Honors Program and are not
requirements for General Education or a major. These courses (a total of 3-5 hours)
are the only "extra" course requirements in the Program. Honors courses are not designed
to be more difficult; however, they are designed with an Honors Scholar in mind.
The format of the class and the teaching style of the professor stimulates discussion
and challenges students to apply higher level thinking skills.
A "colloquium" is an exchange of ideas and thought. The Honors Colloquium will include
guest-lecturers, instructor-led discussion, student-led panel discussion, student
presentations, and other formats for the exchange of ideas on a particular theme.
Students will be able to apply higher level critical thinking skills to discern truth
from the variety of world views presented during the course and synthesize information
into a coherent framework. The Colloquium is a 1-hour course. Students will complete
two Colloquia. Past colloquium topics include "Rhetoric of Survival" and "Food and
The Honors Capstone Experience is a senior-level course that allows the Honors Scholar
to complete research or a project in the student's area of study. The Capstone Experience
is 1-3 hours of credit depending on the depth of the research. A faculty member in
the student's major area will supervise the student's work. The course allows the
student to synthesize and evaluate information acquired during independent research
in order to create an original work.