Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed for students in the traditional undergraduate program who are academically talented and passionate about learning. Students in the program take a minimum of seven Honors seminars and complete an Honors Senior Thesis project. They must maintain a minimum GPA in Honors courses of 3.50. Many Honors seminars may be substituted for General Education requirements.

The Honors Program offers students small classes with other highly motivated students and distinguished professors. Classes require a high level of student participation and emphasize writing and critical thinking.

Information for Current Students and Incoming Transfer Students

Most students enter the program as first-semester freshmen. However, a limited number of other students are admitted. Click on Applying to the Program for information or contact the Director of the Honors Program, Barbara Filippidis (512) 448-8558; barbaraf@stedwards.edu.

Information for Incoming Freshmen

About 45 incoming freshmen are invited to join the Honors Program. When students are accepted to St. Edward’s, their files are also reviewed for eligibility to apply to Honors. Potential candidates will be sent an Honors Program application in their acceptance packet. If a student is accepted to St. Edward’s and is not sent an Honors application but wishes to apply, s/he may request one from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Students who apply for admission by the Feb. 1 priority deadline will be eligible to receive an Honors Program application. All applications and supporting materials are due in the admission office by March 1. A complete application includes a copy of a three- to five-page academic paper, two teacher recommendations, and the application form itself. Candidates must also complete a brief interview with an admission counselor on campus or via telephone by March 19.

For questions about freshman admission, contact:
Marisa Peterson, Admission Counselor, 512 233-1411;

Honors Advising Form

Honors Social and Information Session

Friday, Sept. 13, Maloney Room, 2-3 p.m.
Attendance required for new members of the program, especially freshmen.

Honors Thesis Symposia - Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Honors Thesis Symposium:  Friday, April 25, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Mabee Ballrooms (Ragsdale Ctr).

Fall 2013 Honors Thesis Symposium: Friday, Nov. 22, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Mabee Ballrooms B & C (Ragsdale Ctr).

Honors Symposium Schedule

All honors students are required to attend this thesis symposium each fall and spring semester.

SPRING 2014 Thesis Projects

Thesis proposals from students who plan to write your thesis in Spring 2014 are due by Fri., Oct. 4, 2013.  Before writing your proposal, make an appointment to talk with Barbara Filippidis about your plans. (Note: students taking HONS 4370 Research Writing should check with the instructor for proposal deadlines.)

Contact Dr. Barbara Filippidis, Director Honors Programs, 512 448-8558, barbaraf@stedwards.edu for further information.