Honors students are particularly good at using USD’s academic engagement opportunities to enrich their experience outside of the classroom.

Undergraduate Research

Many Honors students participate in undergraduate research. While there are Honors students working in traditional science lab settings across campus, undergraduate research also takes place in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts. The research often results in Honors projects and/or presentations at local, regional or national conferences with many Honors students’ research being published in academic journals. Undergraduate research at USD can also often give you an advantage when searching for internships.

Study Abroad

We strongly encourage Honors students to explore new cultures through study abroad opportunities. Study abroad programs and study tours are available to complement your USD class work by focusing on language, culture, history, international business or other areas of interest to you. Honors students make up approximately 33 percent of the USD students who study abroad, but Honors students are only about 8 percent of the total student population!

National Student Exchange

Honors students also have the opportunity to participate in National Student Exchange programs. NSE provides affordable and practical opportunities to study and live in new and diverse settings. NSE students take on new academic challenges, immerse themselves in a different environment, search for graduate schools or future employment, experience life from a different point of view and expand their personal and educational perspectives. Students may also study abroad through an NSE campus.