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Frequently Asked Questions

Does enrolling in Honors cost more?
No. Students in the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College pay standard SDSU rates for tuition and fees. There is no additional cost to enroll in Honors courses. 

Will Honors work with my major?
Yes. The Honors curriculum is very flexible and can work with any major on campus. Your academic advisor in your major and your Honors College advisor will work with you to design a plan of study that includes all of your major and Honors requirements in a way that fits with your academic and professional goals. 

Are Honors requirements in addition to my regular coursework?
No. Students use Honors courses to fulfill requirements for their major and minor fields of study. Honors general education coursework automatically counts toward university general education requirements, contracted courses fulfill upper division course requirements in your major, and the Honors Colloquium and independent study experiences may be used as electives within your program.

Am I limited to certain classes if I take Honors?
No. You decide which classes you want to take as Honors sections, and Honors students enroll in both Honors and non-Honors classes each semester. 

Are Honors courses more difficult?
Not necessarily. Honors courses are not “advanced” in nature, but rather, offer an “enriched” experience with the same subject matter as the non-Honors sections. For example, Honors General Biology 1 is still Biology 1, not Biology 1 and 2 crammed into a single semester. Students in Honors courses are asked to think critically about what they are learning, and there tends to be more discussion and interaction among the students and faculty in Honors courses.

Is Honors just about studying?
No. Honors is the ultimate well-rounded student experience. Grounded in an intense intellectual approach to academics, the Honors experience is also fun and can open doors to opportunities for leadership, service, travel and friendship. Honors students make the most of their time out of class as athletes, musicians, undergraduate researchers, and leaders of student organizations.

Is it difficult to balance being an Honors student with an already busy schedule?
Not necessarily. Honors students are some of the most involved students on campus. Some are varsity athletes or members of the Hobo Day Committee, while others become involved in service organizations or march in the Pride of the Dakotas. Many students have part-time jobs. Remember, the Honors curriculum is flexible, and you will have lots of support as you figure out how to best integrate the Honors requirements with your broader university experience. 

How do I get started in Honors?
You have several options:

  • Request an Honors appointment when you visit campus.
  • Visit with a representative from the Fishback Honors College.
  • Sign up for an Honors course at New Student Orientation.

Just get started. Truly extraordinary opportunities await.