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Honors Program

Designed for highly motivated students wishing to strengthen their critical thinking skills and engage in intensive research projects, the Honors Program at Saint Anselm College is distinguished by rigorous coursework and opportunities to apply your learning in challenging academic and real-world settings.

The Honors Program enhances the liberal arts curriculum at Saint Anselm College with advanced core courses, special electives open only to honors students, independent research projects, thesis development, and close collaboration faculty advisors and fellow honor students.

Program Benefits


Small classes: Honors program classes are usually small (about 15 students) and conducted as seminars to allow for more student interaction.

Community: A variety of social activities, dinner meetings, and cultural events are held each year. The Honors Student Advisory Council provides a forum for student planing and communication, and the Honors Room is a place to congregate, study and meet with faculty.

Individual Initiative: Honors students are encouraged to shape their research projects and courses around their interests. The College makes every effort to be flexible in meeting academic needs for scheduling independent study, study abroad, and other special requests.

Recognition: Graduates who complete the Honors Program are recognized with an Honors Bachelor of Arts or Honors Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Honors degrees are especially valuable for students seeking to continue their education in graduate and professional schools.

Program Components


Honors Humanities Seminars: Honors students are enrolled in special Humanities sections during freshman and sophomore years, for a total of four core semesters. Students write research papers in the spring semester of both the freshman and sophomore seminars.

Honors Core Courses: Students must take an Honors Ethics course, and choose two other Honors core offerings.

Advanced Language: Students, except those in the Nursing tract, must take two semesters of a foreign language/literature beyond the intermediate level.

Honors Electives: Over the course of four years, students are required to take a total of four Honors Electives offered by various departments throughout the College.

Honors Thesis: The Honors Thesis may be undertaken in the junior or senior year. The thesis is a twenty to twenty-five page research paper written under the guidance of a faculty advisor from a department appropriate to the area of the thesis topic.

Criteria for Admission


Admission into the Honors Program is primarily by invitation, but students demonstrating high academic achievement may also apply. Contact Professor Keith Williams, Director of the Honors Program for detailed program information and requirements.

Invitation: Invitations to participate in the Honors Program are sent to incoming freshmen whose high school records and test scores demonstrate superior ability.

Application: Interested students whose records demonstrate superior academic ability may apply to the Honors Program. Applications are available through the Director of the Honors Program.

Students must maintain a G.P.A. of 2.8 or better to remain in the Program.

Contact Information

Professor Williams
Keith Williams
Assistant Professor
English Department
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester NH 03102

(603) 641-6013

Office: Bradley House