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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees



Students in the General Beadle Honors Program usually have:

  • ACT composite scores of 26 or higher
  • High school GPAs of 3.7 and up
  • Graduate in the top 20% of their class

Students interested in the honors program with scores or GPAs not quite matching those above are still encouraged to apply. All applications that demonstrate the promise of achievement will be considered.

Program requirements

All students must complete the requirements for their academic major and graduate with a 3.2 GPA or higher and fulfill the following requirements:


All students must complete at least 28 credit hours* from the following requirements & electives:

Required (10 hours)

  • HON 102 Freshman Honors Seminar: Introduction to Pop Culture (1 hour)

  • HON 390 Upper Division Honors Seminar (rotating subject matter) (3 hours)

  • HON 392 Honors Discovery (1 hour)  

  • HON 492 Honors Senior Thesis (3 hours)

Electives (18 hours)

  • ART 121 Honors 2D Design I (3 hours)
  • ASC 121 AND 121L Honors Science: The Core of Discovery I (4 hours)
  • CSC 105 Honors Introduction to Computers (3 hours): Hour of Power
  • ECON 201 Honors Microeconomics: Incentives Matter: Economic Causes of Current Events
  • EPSY 210 Honors Psychology: Lifespan Development: The Changes that Shape Us
  • HIST 122 Honors Western Civilization II (3 hours): Is the whole world now Western Civ?
  • HIST 152 Honors U.S. History II (3 hours): Contemporary American History in Film
  •  ENGL 101 Honors Composition I (3 hours): Lyrics and Composition: Writers on the Storm
  • RNGL 201 Honors Composition II (3 hours): What it Means to Be Human
  • PHIL 100 Honors Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits): Crises of Civilizations
  • SOC 285 Honors Society and Technology (3 hours): Tech and Me: The Doppelganger by my Side
  • SPCM 215 Honors Public Speaking, Argumentation and Rhetoric (3 hours)
  • any 400-level course in a discipline other than your major or a graduate-level course
  • any graduate-level course
  • any course taken as part of a university exchange or travel abroad program

*Students who bring in existing general education credits are eligible to take a reduced number of Honors courses based on a sliding scale.

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