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Welcome to Honors at SIUE 

We provide a distinctive, intimate experience, providing the best of a large public university with the small classroom experience of a liberal arts college. The Honors Program is built for highly motivated, academically successful students who want to be challenged want to grow. 

What we provide

  • A distinctive general educational experience
  • 15 credit hour Honors core classes (small, seminar-style classes)
  • Four, one credit hour Honors proseminar requirement (four intense, discussion-focused mini-seminars)

At SIUE, Honors Scholars benefit from an updated general education experience. Instead of 33-36 credit-hours of introductory classes, honors scholars take 15 credit hours of Honors Core classes, comprised of small seminars that are organized to nurture student participation and introduce our scholars to structures of knowledge with which they can subsequently organize information. Honors scholars also take four, one credit hour proseminar classes with faculty that provide opportunities to meet other faculty members and engage in discussion and reflection on critical professional concepts and experiences that are practically useful. In total, Honors Scholars complete a 19 credit hour general education curriculum that does more in less time, which provides opportunities to more deeply engage in their major field of study or shave time off of their baccalaureate experience.

Another advantage of being an Honors Scholar is priority registration. Beginning with the first semester and continuing throughout their career at SIUE, Honors Scholars receive priority registration. 

Honors Scholars also have the opportunity to live together during their freshmen year in a Focused Interest Community (FIC). Students in a FIC live together in a particular wing of a residence hall with enhanced opportunities for study and fun.

At SIUE, Honors Scholars assume numerous leadership roles on campus. We also ensure our Scholars contribute to the community where they live by having them engage in 50 hours of approved service work before graduation. 

Most students apply for the Honors Program during their senior year of high school and join the program as an incoming freshman. If you're ready, you can apply now

If you're already on campus and didn't know about the program before you arrived, that's ok! Check out our transfer admissions page for information about transferring into the program. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at or call 618-650-2403 to schedule an appointment.

I look forward to meeting you and hope you decide to join us.

Eric W. Ruckh, PhD
Honors Program Director
Associate Professor of History

Mission Statement

The SIUE Honors Program creates, for a diverse body of high-achieving and motivated students, an inclusive community of inquiry, reflection, self-development, and experimentation. We encourage students to take risks and help them learn from and harness their failures through an innovative and challenging curriculum composed of seminar- and pro-seminar-style classes that provide students opportunities to: explore themselves and the contemporary world; examine connections between diverse times, places, cultures, and forms of knowledge; take ownership of and responsibilities for enduring questions and pressing problems, and; practice service, reflection, and contemplation. The program instills and develops an atmosphere of collegiality, respect for difference, comfort with uncertainty and ambiguity, life-long curiosity, and humility.

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