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Van D. & Barbara B. Fishback Honors College

Looking for something more?

There are advantages in attending a small liberal arts college, such as prestige and personal attention … and there are advantages to attending a large public university, such as a variety of majors, access to research and an active student life.

The Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College strives for both, creating an environment where talented, motivated students may combine the best of both ends of the spectrum into a world-class education—at no additional cost.

Honors offers small classes taught by some of SDSU’s most outstanding faculty. Courses are stimulating, challenging and fun. Students actively engage in writing, discussion and in-depth exploration of subjects and topics that interest them.

Combine these experiences with opportunities for research, leadership, travel and service—along with our dynamic community of faculty and student scholars—to create a value-added education like no other.

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Van D. & Barbara B. Fishback Honors College Events

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Nov 3

Griffith Honors Forum Lecture: "A Conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha"

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Nov 12

Honors Visit Day

University Student Union

Van D. & Barbara B. Fishback Honors College News

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The 2021 Common Read selection

2021 Common Read selection unveiled

Called “Stirring . . . [a] blueprint for all those who believe . . . that ‘the world . . . should be full of people raising their voices’” by The New York Times, “What the Eyes Don’t See” has been chosen as the 2021 Common Read selection at South Dakota State University.

Rebecca Bott-Knutson, dean of the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College, greets the audience at South Dakota State University's Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Day, held April 9.

SDSU recognizes student works at URSCAD

South Dakota State University held its annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Day virtually April 12-14. In addition to selecting top student performances, the university announced the recipients of the Schultz-Werth Awards and the Joseph F.

Honors Convocation Award Recipients

Aristotle once said, “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” During a year with unprecedented challenges, those that we honored at Convocation demonstrated courage and honor in their pursuits. On behalf of the Van D.