University Honors Program
Richard Schur, director
The Honors Program exemplifies the best that Drury has to offer: small classes, personal attention, vibrant student-faculty interactions, liberal arts inquiry, and “hands on” learning. The Honors Program will provide the academic support and mentoring to foster academic excellence among Honor students and to prepare them for success in graduate school, business, and the professions. Successful completion of the Honors Program earns a student a Degree with Honors.
The mission of the Drury University Honors Program is to:
- Create a community of like-minded students, who fully engage in living and learning on the Drury campus.
- Facilitate strong learning and advising relationships between Honors students and Drury faculty.
- Offer Honors classes that feature a “hands on” education through research, service learning, problem/project-based learning, and primary source texts.
- Support the research and scholarly activities of Honors students
- Prepare students for personal and professional success, graduate study, and competition for graduate and international research fellowships and awards.
Honors Program Learning Outcomes
- Scholarship: Student can conduct academic research or produce creative products at an exemplary level in their field.
- Communication: Student can communicate their Honors project or their Honors project results in a fluent oral and written manner to professionals in their areas of expertise.
- Real World Application: Student can apply ideas, methods, and knowledge from multiple disciplines to a question or issue.
- Holistic Understanding: Student can demonstrate an awareness of how scientific, humanities, and artistic perspectives work together to provide a deeper understanding of questions or issues.
- Ethics: Students will apply ethical principles in their personal and professional lives.
- Leadership: Students will assume leadership roles in the classroom, organization(s), and/or the larger community and contribute to the common good.
Admission to Drury’s Honors Program is selective. Students interested in the Honors Program should apply before they enroll at Drury, although we will allow students to apply at the end of their first year if we have room in the program. No more than 40 students are accepted each year. We review applications of prospective students in November, February, and June/July. Students are selected based on their academic accomplishments and how well they demonstrate the characteristics of successful Honors students:
- Social and intellectual engagement in the world
- Dedication to hard work
We review a student’s complete application and all that they have accomplished when making admission decisions for Drury’s Honors Program. Students who have been recently accepted tend to have one or more of the following characteristics: graduated in the top 10-15% of their high school class, earned a high school or college GPA of 3.6 or higher, an ACT score of 28 or higher to be the strongest candidates, an IBT TOEFL of 95 or higher, or significant achievement in an academic area or co-curricular activity.
Note: Students who complete the University’s Honors Program are not eligible to earn Departmental Honors.
Good Standing in the Program
To remain in the program, Honors students must remain in good standing. Honor students are expected to
- Make progress on achieving the necessary credit hours to graduate with an honors degree. Students need to have completed 6 honors hours after the third semester, 12 hours after the 5th semester and 18 hours after the 7th semester.
- Maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in honors courses (but a 3.75 GPA in honors courses is required for graduation),
- Attend honors dinners, honors trips, and honors events on campus on a regular basis. Each honors student must attend at least 3 events per semester.
- Create and maintain an Honors Portfolio.
What is an Honors Course?
Honors courses offer students a deeper and more intense academic experience than traditional classes. They offer a “hands on” and “student-directed” approach to learning and demand that students take ownership over their education by posing questions, examining evidence, and joining the scholarly conversation about course topics. In the Honors Program at Drury University, “honors” courses are not advanced classes that cover more material. Rather, they invite students to be active participants and partners with the faculty in intellectual exploration and knowledge creation. To be identified as an honors course or as an honors-qualified course, a class must employ one or more of the following pedagogies: student-led curricula, student-faculty research, service learning, problem-based learning, and primary source instruction.
List of Honors-Qualified Courses
Students may select from the following Honors-qualified courses to apply toward their honors degree:
AADM 465: Cultural Policy
AADM 496: Honors Research
ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture
BIOL 200: Ecology
BIOL 306: Medical Botany
BIOL 310: Field & Systematic Biology
BIOL 312: Advanced Ecology
BIOL 322: Advanced Genetics
BIOL 323: Functional Neuroscience
BIOL 324: Cellular & Molecular Biology
BIOL 327: Psychopharmacology
BIOL 330: Field Study in Marine Biology
BIOL 334: Developmental Biology
BIOL 341: Limnology
BIOL 352: Junior Seminar II
BIOL 373: Herpetology
BIOL 484: Senior Seminar I: Research
PSYC 348: Psychoneuroimmunology
SPAN 311: Literature of Spanish America
SPAN 312: Literature of Spain
SPAN 313: These are Not Sweet Girls: Hispanic Women's Literature
SPAN 412: Advanced Studies: Hispanic Literature
SPAN 414: From Magical Realism to Virtual Realism
SPAN 489: Advanced Seminar in Hispanic Cultural Studies
The Honors Contract Option
We also encourage students to work with faculty to transform non-honors classes into honor classes through the honors contract option. If an honors student would like to dig deeper into a topic or material from a non-honors class, he or she should contact the faculty member when enrolling and discuss the possibility of creating an honors contract that outlines how the course will be supplemented (see criteria for honors courses above) to meet the requirements of an honors course. If the faculty member agrees to supervise the additional work or project, then the student must submit a signed honors contract to the Director of the Honors Program during the first week of the semester.