Those of us involved with the Honors College are delighted you want to learn more about us by visiting this website. We hope the information provided here will allow you to understand the scope and depth of SAU’s Honors College and our commitment to academic achievement.
Students in the Honors College take up to eighteen hours of General Education classes together. The Honors College General Education classes allow Honors College students to learn and achieve together in small classes designed to enhance their academic preparation for whatever career goals they may have. Some of the classes available in the General Education curriculum are world history, literature, art appreciation, film appreciation, psychology, U.S. history, philosophy, and Honors Seminar, the first class taken by all Honors College students. Honors College students must complete a minimum of 24 total hours of honors courses in order to receive an honors degree.
The Honors College student population is quite diverse. While most come from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and other states, some come from around the world. Honors students have traveled from Canada, Bulgaria, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Yugoslavia, Nigeria, Vietnam, China,Venezuela, Cameroon, Malaysia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Korea, Tunisia, Togo, Bahamas, and India to participate in our program.
Students in the Honors College have an opportunity to take trips together. In the past students have visited historic and educational places, including Vicksburg and Natchez, Mississippi, and Arkansas’ own Eureka Springs. More recently, honors students visited three museums in Ft. Worth, the Clinton Presidential Library, and the Heifer buidling. Honors students also receive full financial support to attend professional meetings in order to present their academic work or research. In 2010, four students traveled by train to Greenville, SC in order to present papers at the Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC). In 2011, eight students traveled to Little Rock to present papers at the SRHC meeting. Students have presented posters at the last three meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Council held in New Orleans, Denver, and Chicago. Six students will present posters in Seattle in 2016.
Students in the Honors College have an opportunity to live together in Honors Hall, a residence hall for Honors College students. This residence hall offers them a quiet environment in which to live and learn. Honors Hall also has a computer lab and a classroom, where some Honors College classes are taught.
Students who qualify and participate in the honors program will also receive a $600 a year stipend in addition to their academic scholarships.
Students who complete the course requirements of the Honors College will receive special recognition at graduation and will receive the distinction as “Southern Arkansas University Honors College Graduate” on their transcripts and diplomas.
Noaf Alfryji 3 August 2018Noaf came to Southern Arkansas University as an ESL student from Saudi Arabia. His English was adequate he said, but not at the level required for serious academic work. He quickly passed his ESL test and then enrolled in the SAU Honors College.Some four years later he is graduating with a degree in nursing. He plans to return to Saudi Arabia with his wife and three […]
On April 25, 2018 several SAU Honors College students were named as the outstanding student in their respective departments.Ethan Edwards won two awards: Outstanding Student in Behavioral and Social Sciences and was the overall winner in the College of Liberal and Performing ArtsDean Langerbein and Ethan EdwardsJeanette Oladji, SAU Honors College graduate, also won two awards: Outstanding Student […]
Honors College students and staff visit Medieval Times in DallasThe Honors College spent most of Saturday 10 March on the road to and from Dallas. In between they attended the 2 pm show at Medieval Times. That show included a very tasty roasted chicken, corn on the cob, potatoes, and dessert.We got to watch a lot of well-trained horses, jousting, and some pretty hokey medieval "combat." We […]
Taylor McNeel just before her presentation in Havana at Universidad 2018 Meeting Taylor McNeel rocked on Thursday 15 February in Havana and in Spanish! That was at her session on Internationalization. She presented the results of her 9-week stay in Mexico in the Summer of 2017. There, she taught children aged 3 to 18 about agricultural topics. After she presented she received some good feedback […]