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Slippery Rock University’s Honors Program is designed to enrich the university experience by fostering a student-centered learning environment and helping each student to develop his or her individual potential as a life-long learner. Honors courses emphasize reading, writing, and research through discussion-based classes that enable students to explore subjects in greater depth. Students also enhance their education through service-learning opportunities. The Honors Program provides each student opportunities to take full advantage of their time spent at Slippery Rock University through a variety of extra-curricular and travel opportunities.
All honors courses fulfill liberal studies requirements, which means that participation in the program will not extend a student’s stay at Slippery Rock University. To graduate with honors designation, students must complete a minimum of seven honors courses (21 credits) while maintaining an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher (3.4 or higher for Honors scholarship recipients). Students can select from a variety of specially-designed courses in the following departments: Communication, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology.
On occasion, Great Books honors courses are offered. These courses are geared toward in-depth study in a specialized area, and typically involve international travel. Content in these seminars varies and has included Ancient Greek Culture (Greece), The Holocaust (Germany), Latin American History (Panama), Galileo (Florence), and Irish Playwrights (Ireland).
Students may also fulfill Honors requirements through a variety of activities in place of Honors courses: research projects, conference presentations, publications, dual majors and minors, study abroad, and the Compass leadership program.
Honors students enjoy a number of benefits, both in and out of the classroom. These include: smaller honors courses, capped at an enrollment of 25 students per class; early registration privileges; learning experiences through regional, national, and international travel. Every fall, Honors Program students have the opportunity to participate in the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference, held in cities such as Denver, New Orleans, Boston, Phoenix, and San Antonio. In addition, courses are offered each spring and summer that provide opportunities for travel abroad. In the past, students have travelled to London, Germany, Turkey, South Africa, Greece, South Africa, Mexico, and Cuba.
The program is open to qualified students in all majors. Interested students need to submit a separate application to the Honors Program. The application requires a two-page essay about their interest in the program and a résumé of extracurricular activities and can be completed online. Interested students should call 724-738-4003, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website, www.sru.edu/honorsprogram.