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2013-2015 Catalog 
    
2013-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors College Baccalaureate Program


Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies


Liberal Arts Elective (3) (Honors or by Contract)


(Select one)

  • Arts Discipline
  • English Literature Discipline
  • Music Discipline
  • Philosophy Discipline
  • Religion Discipline
  • Theatre/Film Discipline

Health and Physical Education


History and Social Science


Social Science (3) (Honors or by Contract)


(Select one)

  • Criminal Justice
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Honors College Required Courses and Activities:


Note:


All Honors courses have variable credit (1 to 4 credit hours) to allow departments to create courses with appropriate credit and contact hours for departmental honors initiatives. Each school has a specific set of course numbers to be used to create innovative and/or advanced seminar courses related to topics pertinent to their disciplines. Honors students must complete an honors thesis or research project in their discipline during the senior year for three or four hours credit. The student must plan and implement a research project or thesis in their major field of study. The thesis will be presented at the Senior Capstone Defense.

Student Engagement


(Select 1 activity for .5 credit each semester for 6 semesters)

  • HON 101/102-401/402 Academic Bowl
  • HON 103/104-403/404 Debate/Model UN
  • HON 105/106-405/406 Mock Trial

Experiential Learning


  • HON 107/108-407/408 Community Service/Service Learning (144 Hours Required)
  • HON 109/110-409/410 Leadership Lab (2 years beginning the sophomore year required)
  • HON 220-420 Honors Study Abroad*
  • HON 250/251-450/451 Undergraduate Research Presentations/Publications (4 presentations or publications)
    * OR second year of foreign language OR Elementary Chinese

Tier 2: Honors College Scholar


  • 3.5 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Full participation in the Honors College for eight semesters (includes scholarly lectures/professional conferences, cultural events, community service, study abroad and leadership roles)
  • Six semesters of Honors Seminar
  • A minimum of 24 hours of Honors Coursework with grades of “C” or higher, including two of the following:
    • Undergraduate Research
    • Honors Independent Study
    • Honors Research Mentoring
    • Honors Thesis (HON 400 )
    • Departmental Honors Scholar

Students completing Tier 2 Honors Program will receive the certificate, Honors Program Medallion and the raised seal of the Honors Program on the official transcript.

Tier 1: Certificate in Honors College


  • 3.4 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Full participation in the Honors College for four semesters (includes scholarly lectures/professional conferences, cultural events, community service, study abroad and leadership roles)
  • Four semesters of Honors Seminar
  • A minimum of 18 hours of Honors coursework with grades of “C” or higher, including one research course or independent study

Students completing Tier 1 Honors College will receive a certificate with the Honors College seal and designation of certificate on the final transcript.

Departmental Honors Scholar


Discipline specific coursework leading to a student being designated as a Departmental Honors Scholar may be available in all Schools. Each department establishes the honors criterion and all students who wish to receive Departmental Honors must be members in good standing in the Honors College.

Students completing their degree as a Departmental Honors Scholar will have the departmental honors scholar designation on the transcript.

Freshman and sophomore honor students will be required to take specially designated Honors Seminars. At the completion of the junior year, Honors College participants must prepare and submit a research project for presentation at a state, regional or national conference.

Honors students must follow the prescribed Honors Curriculum in conjunction with their plan of study for their academic major.

Honor students must complete an honors thesis during the senior year for three hours credit. The student must plan and implement a research project or thesis in their major field of study. The thesis will be presented at the Senior Capstone Defense.

Saint Augustine’s University Honors College participants are also responsible for completing 36 hours of community service annually which will be reviewed at the conclusion of each academic year to help determine successful progress in the program.

Students must actively participate in activities sponsored by the Honors College. Failure to do so will result in suspension from other Honors College related functions.

Students are expected to attend at least one conference and take the appropriate exam for graduate study by the end of their junior year.

Honors College Policy: All Honors College Students are required to enroll in a scheduled honors course each semester of the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Honors Program Students must take a minimum of 18 hours (six honors courses with section H designation) for certificate recognition and 24 hours (eight honors courses with section H designation) for scholar recognition.

Students who are not enrolled in a scheduled honors course must designate one course as an honors course through the Honors Course Contract. The Honors courses are only offered during the fall and spring semesters. Credits transferred from another institution count toward “University” academic requirements but DO NOT count as Honors credits.

Honors College Policy: Students must enroll in Honors Freshman Studies Seminar. The college requires all freshmen and transfer students with less than twenty-four hours of transfer credit to complete the Freshman Studies course. Students MUST actively participate in activities sponsored by the Honors College. Failure to do so will result in suspension from other Honors College and related functions.

Honors College students are expected to attend at least one conference and take the appropriate exam for graduate study by the end of their junior year.

Community Service

A major component of the Honors College is service to the community. Honors College students are required to perform a minimum of 36 hours of community service per year. Students must enroll in the Honors course HON 107-108, 207-208, 307-308, 407-408 each year of their participation in the program to document their service.

Leadership Lab

Leadership is one of the hallmarks of the Honors College program. Honors students are expected to develop their leadership skills and potential throughout their matriculation at Saint Augustine’s University. Freshmen are expected to perform at least one leadership role in their first year and upperclassmen are required to perform at least three leadership activities each year. In order to document their leadership students enroll in HON 109-110, 209-210, 309-310, 409-410.

GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT Testing

Honors College students will have available to them the Kaplan Preparatory Course materials. These materials will facilitate the preparation of the student for the professional school examination in their major. Both study materials and practice exams will be provided.

Study Abroad Program


The Office of Global Study Abroad and International Programs works to prepare students to serve as leaders in their local, national, and international communities. With the ever-increasing demand for qualified employees who can navigate and appreciate cultural differences, it is imperative that students acquire the leadership skills that allow them to excel in this global society. Students must be able to acquire and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that will make them marketable and successful no matter their specific career choice. The Office of Global Study Abroad and International Programs works to cultivate culturally competent and sensitive students that excel in whatever global environment they might find themselves in. The goal is to encourage the personal and professional growth of all of students through academic rigor, global awareness, and leadership development. This is accomplished through an interdisciplinary approach which allows students to explore their specific cultural program of focus while also examining other relevant political, social, cultural, and economic perspectives. This creates a more in-depth experience and well-rounded view that students can then take and apply to other areas of their life.

Three Phases of Global Study Abroad

  • Pre-Departure and Orientation-Introduction, Overview, and Excursion Preparation
  • Excursion and Immersion-Study Abroad and Global Learning Experience
  • Post Review and Integration-Debriefing, Presentation of Global Experience and Induction into Saint Augustine’s University Ambassadors of International Excellence Program

The Center for Real Estate Management and Development


The Center for Real Estate Management and Development’s (The Real Estate Center) primary purpose is to provide marketable skills to students who seek careers in property management, right of way and brokerage. Courses are specifically chosen to enhance employability upon graduation.

Unique characteristics of the curriculum are:

  1. Students will begin the educational path towards the prestigious Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation as well as the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM®) certification.
  2. SAU offers the only comprehensive Right of Way Program of its type in the nation.
  3. Students will fulfill the educational requirement to sit for the NC Real Estate Brokers’ License examination.
  4. Students intern with local employers(gaining valuable hands-on training).
  5. Students will associate and network with practitioners in the industry by attending meetings of the local chapter of IREM.

Concentration in Leadership Studies


The largest part of the Leadership Journey is the academic aspect. A concentration in leadership studies is available to students across all disciplines. This experience is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of leadership and help them improve their ability to lead in today’s multicultural and quickly changing world. The primary goal is to provide students with formalized opportunities to obtain leadership training skills, experiences, and applications through a program of study that is interdisciplinary in nature.

Once enrolled in the Leadership Institute, students are required to complete 12 credit hours with at least a grade of B or greater.

Core Requirements


II. Each student must take one of the selected courses from the following list (3 hours).


III. Each student must take one course - from the following list of offerings (3 hours).


IV. Internship


During each academic year, students pursuing the leadership studies concentration must complete at least 100 hours of community service , service-learning, or a global awareness immersion experience (preferably in a study aboard environment) that must be approved by the Director of Leadership and the Leadership Advisory Council.