Jun 21, 2024  
2021-2023 University Catalog 
2021-2023 University Catalog



The mission of the Honors College is to attract, recruit and retain high achieving, dedicated, and highly motivated students by providing enriching educational opportunities and experiences through an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on intellectual inquiry, student engagement, leadership and global awareness.

Honors College Goals:

Attract and retain academically superior students to the College.

Increase Saint Augustine’s University’s ability to become a premiere liberal arts institution whose academic infrastructure supports scholarship, undergraduate research, and global learning.

Attract regional and national scholars to the academic community.


There are many benefits to being part of the Honors College:

  • Be a member of a tight-knit community of about 50 students.
  • Small class sizes (no more than 16 students)
  • One-on-one interaction with faculty and artists/scholars-in-residence.
  • Personal academic advising from the Honors College director
  • Priority living in the Honors College Residence Hall.
  • Honors College Facility centrally located on campus
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Honors College trips and events
  • Support in finding summer and co-curricular internships and scholarships for graduate school.


  • Most prestigious award at SAU
  • Awarded to a select number of the most outstanding entering freshmen on a competitive basis
  • This scholarship covers tuition, mandatory fees, room and board.  It is worth up to $27,482 per year and can be renewed for up to three additional years.

Admissions to Honors College

There are two paths to enter the Honors College:

  • Presidential Scholarship Recipients 
  • A second-semester freshman or first-semester sophomore with a 3.5 grade point average may apply for admissions to the Honors College.


Honors College Certificate

A minimum of 18 hours of Honors coursework; complete chosen degree program with a 3.4 cumulative GPA; full participation in the Honors College (community service, leadership, and student engagement); four semesters of honors seminar. Students completing this level will receive an honors certificate.

Honors College Scholar

A minimum of 24 hours of Honors coursework; complete chosen degree program with a 3.5 cumulative GPA; full participation in the Honors College (community service, leadership, and student engagement); six semesters of Honors Seminar. Students completing this level will receive the honors certificate and President’s or Honors Scholar stole.


1.  Honors sections of all general education courses, as available

2.  Community Service (0 credit for documentation of participation)
              Year 1 = HON 107 (Fall) and HON 108 (Spring)
              Year 2 = HON 207 (Fall) and HON 208 (Spring)
              Year 3 = HON 307 (Fall) and HON 308 (Spring)
              Year 4 = HON 407 (Fall) and HON 408 (Spring)                          

3,  Leadership Lab (0 credit for documentation of participation)

Year 1 =  HON 109 (Fall) and HON 110 (Spring)
Year 2 =  HON 209 (Fall) and HON 210 (Spring)  
Year 3 =  HON 309 (Fall) and HON 310 (Spring)   
              Year 4 =  HON 409 (Fall) and HON 410 (Spring)           

4.  Activity Course Choose one (0.5 credit each semester)

Year 1 options:

HON 101 (Fall) and HON 102 (Spring)                          Academic Bowl        
HON 103 (Fall) and 104 (Spring)                                   Debate/Model UN         
HON 105 (Fall) and 106 (Spring)                                   Mock Trial        

Year 2 options:

HON    201 (Fall) and HON 202 (Spring)                      Academic Bowl        
HON    203 (Fall) and 204 (Spring)                               Debate/Model UN         
HON    205 (Fall) and 206 (Spring)                               Mock Trial        

Year 3 options:

HON    301 (Fall) and HON 302 (Spring)                      Academic Bowl        
HON    303 (Fall) and 304 (Spring)                              Debate/Model UN         
HON    305 (Fall) and 306 (Spring)                               Mock Trial        

Year 4 options:

HON    401 (Fall) and HON 402 (Spring)                       Academic Bowl        
HON    403 (Fall) and 404 (Spring)                                Debate/Model UN         
HON    405 (Fall) and 406 (Spring)                               Mock Trial    

5. Honors Seminars (when courses are available and offered)

HON 297                Honors Research Seminar I (Fall)

HON 298                Honors Research Seminar II (Spring)
200-level Honors Seminar in the major

HON 300                Honors Junior Prep Seminar
300-level Honors Seminar in the major

HON 400                Honors Senior Research Seminar
400-level Honors Seminar in the major

HON 450                Undergraduate Research/Presentations/Study Abroad

( 0 credit for documentation of participation)  


Honors Community

Falkcrest Apartments, Building C

Honor Student Association (HSA)


Potential Honors Activities

Invited Seminar Speakers
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Field Trips/Study Abroad
Shadowing Leaders    
Graduate and Professional School Preparation
Career Preparations
Portfolio Development
Undergraduate Research
Honors Conferences

Honors Speakers Series

The purpose of the Honors College Speakers Series is to offer Saint Augustine’s University community and our triangle community an opportunity to hear from and meet professionals and scholars who have distinguished themselves both locally and nationally.  The Speakers Series supports the institution’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and community engagement as a hub for intellectual and cultural exchange. 

Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation is an annual celebration to recognize students are for their distinguished academic achievements. It is one of the University’s most important academic traditions.

Recognitions are given in the following categories:

President’s List - Students with 3.65 and above cumulative GPA 

Provost’s List - Students with a 3.00 to 3.64 cumulative GPA 

Dean’s List - Full-time students with a semester GPA of 3.00 and no grade below a “C” during the semester

Freshmen Scholars - First-year traditional students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0