The Saint Leo University Honors Program consists of an
integrated sequence of six interdisciplinary courses which are
spread over the first three years of college and an extensive
senior year honors project which is carried out under the
supervision of a distinguished faculty mentor.
Honors courses revolve around the reading, interpretation and
assimilation of great books in the liberal arts and sciences.
Informed absorption of great ideas, rather than mere acquaintance
with them, is the goal of the program.
The Honors Program does not seek to provide a comprehensive
treatment of world intellectual achievement nor to undertake a
survey of Western civilization. Its purpose is to probe in depth
the original minds of a few significant thinkers, doers and
dreamers. Consequently, each honors course explores only a few
carefully selected works.
Honors courses are small in size and tend to emphasize
responsive writing assignments, small group discussion, multimedia
presentations and collaborative projects.
Each course has its own theme or focus, which is supplied by the
instructor, but the entire sequence of honors courses is carefully
integrated so that knowledge obtained in one course may be applied
directly to the next. The Honors Program strives to reinforce the
notion that a liberal arts education furnishes a coherent body of
knowledge that serves the needs of the intellectually well-rounded
The Honors Program provides an alternative means of satisfying
the general education requirements that all Saint Leo University
students must fulfill. Students therefore are encouraged to apply
regardless of their major, whether it be literature, environmental
science, sports management, education, business, etc. In the Honors
Program, students representing a wide variety of intellectual
perspectives meet on common ground frequently debating
controversial subjects and exploring personal concerns and
All entering honors students are provided with state-of-the-art
laptop computers featuring wireless access to the Internet. Each
honors class uses a web site to supplement classroom learning, and
each student is expected to maintain a personal web site as an
academic portfolio. Honors students frequently are involved in
activities that explore the boundaries of computer assisted
For more information, contact:
Dr. Patrick Crerand, Honors Director