Honors College Programs
First Year Fellowship
First Year Fellowship (FYF) came about as a way to foster an inclusive community among first year students. The goal is that the students involved in the program will develop friendships while also learning about new peoples and cultures. In addition, we aim to help students grow in self-awareness and gain a deeper understanding of their own identity. Through monthly meetings, students learn new things about themselves or others and should come away with a honed definition of what ‘diversity’ and ‘community’ mean to them. At the end of the fall semester, students who have participated fully the program can submit a final reflection paper to receive a certificate of participation.
This program, inspired by Honors students, fosters collaborative relationships across the SDSU campus, with Honors alumni, and with community leaders. During What’s Next? events, Honors students explore various academic, career, and service opportunities as they begin to imagine their paths after graduation. In the past, we have talked about graduate school, financial health, and personal wellness, among other topics.
Honors College Events
Hike and Read Retreat
Students who participate in the Hike and Read Retreat read a common book during the summer. Then, we gather on the Sunday before classes start in the fall to discuss the book at the Oak Lake Field Station. The afternoon also includes hiking, canoeing, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends.
Ice Cream Social
The ice cream social takes place early in the fall semester and offers the opportunity to meet fellow students, faculty, and staff who are committed to Honors--all while enjoying free ice cream in the Honors Hall courtyard.
The Honors Thanksgiving dinner is an opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to come together and enjoy a Thanksgiving-style meal in mid-November. This is a joyous community event that includes fellowship, connections, and delicious food.
The annual Honors Town Hall offers a chance to discuss important topics pertaining to the Honors College with students, faculty, alumni, and community members. Past topics of discussion have included student/faculty interaction, alumni relations, and strategic planning.
This event is a celebration of the achievements of Honors students, faculty, and community members. Awards are presented in several categories to members of the Honors community who have been nominated and selected for the award by a faculty committee. We also recognize students who have completed their general education requirements and students who have completed their Honors independent study projects. The night also features a keynote presentation from an invited guest and opportunities for socializing with members of the Honors community.
Independent Study/Research Social
Faculty from around the university come together in one place at this social to help students identify research opportunities they might be interested in pursuing. Often, students will discover new and exciting research topics, and these ideas might just inspire an Honors independent study project.
Students graduating with Honors College distinction receive the Honors medallion at a special ceremony on the afternoon before the university graduation ceremonies in May. Each graduate also has the opportunity to recognize a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to their collegiate career. All are welcome to join us for this truly celebratory Honors event.