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Honors Program

Honors Program Objectives

Introduced in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1979, the Honors Program was established to promote interdisciplinary learning and undergraduate research, strengthen the intellectual climate of the campus, and maintain the vision of the liberal arts as central to the college experience. USD faculty designed the program to fulfill the following specific objectives:

  • Challenge students to develop their talents to their fullest potential.
  • Approach traditional topics from new perspectives that cut across standard disciplinary boundaries in team-taught, interdisciplinary seminars.
  • Realize that scholarly work is not restrained or limited by the boundaries of disciplines or areas of study.

Dr. Gillman and students

  • Work closely with faculty in small classes that promote engagement and original thought.
  • Interact with faculty informally through co-curricular activities that encourage camaraderie.
  • Expand students' scope of experience through excursions beyond the classroom.


  • Engage in creative and sustained independent work in students' majors through original research projects that constitute the basis for the senior thesis seminar.
  • Present the results of student research to peers in the senior thesis seminar and at Creative Collaborations, the undergraduate research conference.
  • Exercise the ability to change or modify the Program through student representation on the Honors Program Committee and the Honors Student Board.
  • Explore career opportunities with the assistance of the Honors Program Director and the Director of Career Services.
  • Prepare to transition to graduate and professional educational programs with a skill set that includes superior written and oral expression, interdisciplinary understanding, and original thought.

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