Duns Scotus Honors Program

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"Bright ideas create
bright communities."

The Duns Scotus Honors Program, named after the great Franciscan scholar John Duns Scotus, strives to create a community of scholars and intentional learners who desire to integrate knowledge with reflection, commitment, and service to develop wisdom with humility.

Overview of the Program

The program is designed to make the most of your college years. Most of the academic work in the Honors Program fulfills university and major requirements. During the first two years, students take honors Foundations courses, participate in cultural experiences, and engage in service learning. In the junior and senior years, students take honors courses and work on honors projects as directed by the faculty who supervise their major. In addition, students take three one-hour interdisciplinary seminars and continue to participate in cultural experiences and service learning. Duns Scotus Honors students complete their academic career by producing an honors thesis. Upon graduation, students who complete the program receive an Honors designation on their transcript.

Why should you participate?

  • Receive an annual $1,000 scholarship
  • Receive a 10% discount on housing, if living on campus
  • Expand your horizons through cultural experiences
  • Receive greater intellectual stimulation
  • Become part of a close-knit community of scholars
  • Receive enhanced job and graduate school preparation
  • Get support to do important original research and attend academic conferences
  • Get an impressive education in a nurturing environment

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Duns Scotus Honors program, you must qualify as a Presidential Scholar.

To Apply

  1. If you would like to be considered for the program, discuss your interest with your Admissions Counselor.
  2. The Duns Scotus program coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview.

Information for Incoming Freshmen

Duns Scotus Honors Fellows are in a part of our honors program designed for students who wish to participate during their entire undergraduate career and attend USF for all four years. The four-year curriculum for Fellows fulfills requirements in the university’s general education as well as requirements in the fellow’s chosen major.

The Duns Scotus honors fellows curriculum consists of:

  • Separate honors courses with service learning
  • Contracts to do honors work in non-honors courses
  • Seminars with service learning
  • Presentation of a research project
  • Submission of quality work to a journal or conference and thesis/capstone completion.

During the freshman and sophomore years, most Duns Scotus honors fellows:

  • Will take honors sections of three classes: Core I, Core II and Core III
  • Complete at least one contracted honors course (3 credit-hours or more, usually in general education). Nursing students will replace Core III with a contract.

During the junior and senior years, Duns Scotus honors fellows will need to complete:

  • Three upper-level courses (9 credit-hours or more) in their major discipline.
  • A research component/project in one of the major contract courses that fulfills honors criteria, is approved by the Honors Council and is presented in an honors seminar.
  • Three one-credit hour interdisciplinary honors seminars
  • An honors thesis or capstone project that is approved by the Honors Council and is of sufficient quality to be submitted to an undergraduate academic journal or for presentation at an academic conference.

The Faculty Honors Council sets the guidelines for honors theses, which may be interdisciplinary, but academic departments set requirements for completion of the thesis.

Cultural/Social Experiences – The Duns Scotus Program sponsors at least six cultural events a year–three in each semester. At least two of these events are off-campus, and include either local or long distance trips. Fellows and Scholars are required to attend at least three events a year, one of which must be off-campus.

Good Standing – In order to remain in good standing in the program, a student must maintain an overall 3.25GPA. If the GPA falls below 3.25, the student will remain in the program on a probationary status and will have one semester to bring the GPA back up to the required level. If the GPA is not improved after one semester, or if it falls below 3.25 a second time, the student will not be permitted to continue in the program.

In order to remain in the program and graduate with honors a student must complete the sequence of courses, seminars, cultural experiences and service learning as outlined above.

  • Fill out the application form for the Duns Scotus honors fellows program below:
  • Write a 2-4 page essay answering a question that we will pose. If you are a prospective freshman, the questions will be mailed out to you in January as part of the scholarship competition.
  • Submit the application, essay, and a statement of your interest in the program to your personal admission counselor.
  • After your essay and admission file are reviewed, we will be in touch to arrange an on campus interview (or a phone interview if distance makes it impossible to come to campus).

Information for Transfer Students

Transfer students may apply when they gain admission if they will be junior status. Applicants must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA from their prior institutions.

Academic Experiences

The Scholars curriculum consists of:

  • contracts to do honors work in upper level major courses
  • seminars with service learning presentation of a research project
  • submission of quality work to a journal or conference and thesis/capstone completion.

During the junior and senior years, Scholars will need to complete

  • three upper-level courses (9 credit-hours or more) in their major discipline.
  • a research component/project in one of the major contract courses that fulfills honors criteria, is approved by the Honors Council, and is presented in an honors seminar.
  • three 1-credit hour interdisciplinary honors seminars
  • an honors thesis or capstone project that is approved by the Honors Council and is of sufficient quality to be submitted to an undergraduate academic journal or for presentation at an academic conference.

The Faculty Honors Council sets the guidelines for honors theses, which may be interdisciplinary, but departments set requirements for completion of the thesis.

Cultural/Social Experiences. The Duns Scotus Program sponsors at least six cultural events a year–three in each semester. At least two of these events are off-campus, and include either local or long distance trips. Fellows and Scholars are required to attend at least three events a year, one of which must be off-campus.

Good Standing. In order to remain in good standing in the program, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.25. If the GPA falls below 3.25, the student will remain in the program on a probationary status and will have one semester to bring the GPA back up to the required level. If the GPA is not improved after one semester, or if it falls below 3.25 a second time, the student will not be permitted to continue in the program.

In order to remain in the program and graduate with honors a student must complete the sequence of courses, seminars, cultural experiences, and service learning as outlined above.

  • Fill out the application form for the Duns Scotus honors fellows program below:
  • Write a 2-4 page essay answering a question that we will pose. If you are a transfer student, the question is on the application form.
  • Submit the application, essay, and a statement of your interest in the program to your personal admission counselor.
  • After your essay and admission file are reviewed, we will be in touch to arrange an on campus interview (or a phone interview if distance makes it impossible to come to campus).

Honors Council of the Illinois Region

Spring 2020 Student Symposium Registration

The University of St. Francis is delighted to welcome Honors students and faculty from the Illinois Region for the annual HCIR Student Spring Symposium on February 29, 2020.

Click here to register for HCIR Student Symposium 2020!

Registration fees are $50 for up to 5 students, and $10 for each additional student.

Conference Venue

University of St. Francis, Main Campus
500 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL 60435

Directions and Campus Map (Parking available in Recreation Center Lot)

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2020 Spring Conference of the Honors Council of the Illinois Region.  We hope that you will participate in this annual event to be held on February 29, 2020, at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.

In order to be considered for an individual, panel, poster or performance presentation, submit your proposal by Friday, February 14, 2020. Please fill out a separate proposal form for each unique proposal. If you any have questions, please contact jpeek@stfrancis.edu.

Please note that all of our classrooms are equipped with desktop computers and projectors, so there is no need to indicate any AV needs in the submission.

 

HCIR Student Symposium 2020

Abstract Instructions:

Oral presentations or posters: Describe your project, providing a brief explanation of the major goals, methodology, and conclusions in language understandable by persons from a range of disciplines. (Poster Display—visual display of research or creative work, on firm tri-fold poster board, foam board, matte board, etc.—maximum poster size 36” x 48”.)

Panel discussion/workshop: Describe the topic or issue as well as any expectations of those in attendance.

Performance: Describe in as much detail as possible. For example, what artistic discipline does your performance most represent?

Contact Us

Contact your Admissions Counselor at 800-735-7500 or admissions@stfrancis.edu.