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Van D. & Barbara B. Fishback Honors College

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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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Honors students at the 2024 Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College Convocation.

Honors College recognizes students, faculty and alum in annual Convocation Ceremony

Each year, the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College at South Dakota State University hosts a convocation to recognize students, faculty, staff and alumni for their contributions to and achievements in the college, the SDSU campus and beyond.
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SDSU to host ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Community Read events

A series of events featuring the bestselling book “Killers of the Flower Moon” this semester will culminate April 5, when author David Grann will give a lecture on the South Dakota State University campus. The events — Community Read discussions, a free movie screening and the author lecture — are all part of SDSU’s School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies’ first-ever Community Read.

Griffith Honors Forum Lecture to feature ‘The Sioux Chef’

Chef Sean Sherman, also known as “The Sioux Chef,” will host a virtual conversation with an audience at South Dakota State University about his role in helping reclaim and celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Indigenous communities around the world. The livestream of the Griffith Honors Forum Lecture featuring Sherman will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.