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The University Honors Program (UHP) is a university-wide undergraduate program that models the excitement of a small liberal arts within a large research university.  It is designed to reward SIU's best students for their high academic achievements. We mentor each student individually, empowering them to take charge of their education, form enduring relationships, and develop life-long habits of  thinking independently and working collaboratively.  Through our motto of Learn. Lead. Serve we work with the whole student, introducing them to academic, leadership, and service opportunities.   Our students are multi-faceted, engaged, and eager to make a difference.   And, we help forge connections for them across the campus community and beyond, both local and global.  

Students choose from a changing array of seminar-style classes that fulfil the University Core Curriculum;  enhance their academic experience with independent studies and thesis with faculty; and are supported by their Honors Mentor.  Faculty teaching in Honors  come from all disciplines across the campus, create classes that innovate in concept and course design, and bring their research into the classroom.  Each year, some of the courses cohere around a theme.   Our theme for the Fall 2019-20 year is Survival.

Spring-time in University Honors

April 28-May 4:  In conjunction with SIUC's Theater Department's production of Julius Caesar, we reflect on the themes that Caesar evokes today.  Read more

February 5-9, 2019:  Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Buckminister Fuller's Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth legacy: Read more:

David-Milley.jpgDavid Milley, Assistant Director, University Honors Program, and one of our mentors, received the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Key Women Educators Literary Award for reading to students for over 22 years!  David’s reading to children began in 1997 when he was in Berea, Kentucky, and answered an ad that said “to be a child’s champion, volunteer at Berea Head Start.”  On the first day, he sat on the carpet and read to a group of children.  The teachers exclaimed, “You’ll have to do this every time” and the rest is history. 

SIU Earns Tree Campus USA Designation again!

Study Abroad

Oxford studentsHonors students move easily between the local and the global and embody global citizenship, wherever they are.

Upcoming Summer Study Abroad programs include, Oxford University, UK: Japan; and Taiwan. Read more