Contact Information:Honors Program
Office: BA 109
Phone: 537-7141
Fax:    537-6322



Welcome to the Honors Program page!

The Honors Program provides well-prepared and highly motivated students with an alternative to the Liberal Education Program (LEP) requirements. In place of the standard LEP, honors students are given the opportunity to design their own course of study in the Liberal Arts - one that is more challenging and directly suited to their individual academic needs.

The Program requires little additional specific course work. During the first semester, the student, in consultation with the Director of the Honors Program and a review board of faculty members from various disciplines, designs his/her individual program of study. Each program must include three courses from a selected list of honors courses and a senior-level honors interdisciplinary seminar. In addition, each student is required to complete an hour-long senior dialogue with selected faculty members.

Honors students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher in order to graduate from the Honors Program.

To apply to the program, applicants must submit:
o The Honors Program Application (online Honors Program application) (or, if you prefer, paper Honors Program application)
o Typed responses to two questions on your reasons for wishing to be in the Honors Program and the outcomes of higher education (see the application for these questions)
o An unofficial copy of your transcript
o A letter of reference (preferably from a teacher)

Mail your transcript and letter of reference (and application and two typed question answers if you completed the paper application) to:
Honors Program
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
BA 109
Marshall, MN 56258

Additional Information

Student Testimonials

The Academic Program

The Benefits

The Seminars

The Senior Dialogue

The Honors Club

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