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SBU Honors Program
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  • Mission Statement

    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.
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    Jodi Meadows
    Honors Program, Interim Director
    (417) 328-1460

Program Requirements

The Dutile Honors Program has four components:  Academic, Servant Leadership, Intercultural Experience and Spiritual.  Honors Program Scholars are expected to demonstrate growth in each of these areas. These components reflect the mission to be a Christ-centered university preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society. You will personalize your Honors Program experience by choosing which Honors courses to take and proposing to the Honors Program Committee how you will fulfill each component.

Students who are selected to participate in the Dutile Honors Program will complete the following components:

Academic Component

To satisfy the academic component you must complete the following courses, which will also satisfy general education course requirements:
  • Honors University Seminar (1 hour)
  • Honors Critical Thinking (1 hour)
  • Honors Introduction to Fine Arts (3 hours)
Choose three of the following:
  • Honors English Composition (3 hours)
  • Honors Fundamentals of Speech (3 hours)
  • Honors L.I.F.E. Economics (3 hours)
  • Honors U.S. History (3 hours)
  • Honors New Testament (3 hours)
  • Honors American Government (3 hours)
In addition, complete a minimum of 3 hours of Honors-specific coursework:
  • Honors Colloquium (two 1-hour courses)
  • Honors Capstone Experience (1-3 hours)

The Honors Colloquium is an exchange of ideas and research on a predetermined topic. The course includes guest lectures, instructor-led discussion, student-led panel discussion and student presentations. Past course topics include "The Rhetoric of Survival" and "Food and Culture."

The Capstone Experience is a senior-level course that allows you to complete research or a project in your field of study. A faculty member will supervise your work.

The academic component provides opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty, to enjoy small classes, to experience stimulating discussions on a variety of topics and to build friendships with other Honors students.

Servant Leadership Component

As a student in the Dutile Honors Program you will choose a servant leadership activity that will strengthen your current leadership skills and help you develop other leadership abilities. This position must provide a service for a legitimate need and improve or develop the student’s leadership skills. Leadership opportunities may include, but are not limited to, the Service and Leadership Training (SALT), University Ambassadors, Student Association or University Activities Council positions, and Welcome Week leadership roles.

Intercultural Experience Component

An essential experience for prepared University graduates is learning about and engaging in a different culture. As an Honors Scholars you will have opportunities to experience other cultures by choosing an activity that enables you to engage in a different culture beyond simply observing or sharing American customs. Engagement implies both a mental action of learning about the culture and an interpersonal aspect of dynamically interacting within the culture. Intercultural experiences may take place within the United States or abroad. Activities may include, but are not limited to, mission trips, study abroad semesters, and international learning opportunities.

Spiritual Component

Duing your time at SBU you will be encouraged to develop a lifelong commitment to spiritual discipline. As an Honors Scholars, you will choose an activity that demonstrates commitment to spiritual discipline, provides new spiritual insights and application for the insights, and brings a unique element to your spiritual journey. Possible activities include, but are not limited to, mission projects, Bible studies, and mentoring/accountability groups.