Jul 20, 2024  
2017-2018 General Catalog 

Other Programs of Study


Honors Program

Program Information

Director: Kyle Bishop
LIB 305~(435) 586-7804

Associate Director: Jayci Bash
LIB 304~(435) 865-8451

Honors Office: LIB 304 ~ (435) 865-8451
Website: http://www.suu.edu/honors/


The Honors Program provides enrichment opportunities for exceptionally talented, creative and academically committed students in a friendly, informal, and inter-disciplinary undergraduate experience. The program connects students with SUU’s best faculty through small classes and participation in out-of-class activities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students learn in a collaborative environment where their ideas and research carry respect. As a community of scholars, students and faculty work enthusiastically to achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand complex issues from diverse perspectives;
  • Process similarities and differences of how scholars in science, fine arts, humanities, or social science see their world;
  • Develop skills in self-expression, critical thinking, information gathering and problem solving;
  • Write analytical or scientific papers of substantial length and depth;
  • Volunteer for service projects both on campus and in the community; and
  • Provide a competitive advantage for students desiring to pursue graduate education.

Additionally, honor students attend colloquia - featuring artists, academic leaders, innovators and political figures. They participate in roundtable discussions and social events with faculty and other honor students.


The Honors Program is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students must complete an application, write a two page essay on a topic of their choice, and have at least a 3.5 grade point average and a 26 ACT score to be considered for acceptance to the Honors Program. Registration for an honors course requires either admittance to the Honors Program or permission of the honors director or the instructor of the course. Students may take more than one honors course each semester. All classes will have a limit of 25 students.

Contact the Honors Office (LIB 304 ~ 435- 865-8451) for approval to register for honors courses. You may also contact the Honors Office by email: honors@suu.edu, or by US Post: Southern Utah University Honors Program, 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, UT 84720.

University Honors is not a major or a minor but includes classes that students take when completing requirements for general education, for a major, for a minor or as electives.

Graduation with University Honors

Students will graduate with University Honors when they complete 21 credits in Honors-designated courses and complete an Honors Capstone. Students must also maintain an overall 3.5 Cumulative GPA.

Contact the Honors Office for admission forms or for a list of additional honors classes.


Pre-Health Science Professions  

Our programs provide the curriculum, support and guidance to ensure that students interested in health science careers are well positioned for acceptance into their chosen post-baccalaureate healthcare programs. Many of our students have gained admission to top schools by completing the required pre-requisites while pursuing their chosen undergraduate degrees at SUU. The Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering academic and faculty advisors work closely with students to chart the ideal academic program for their success.

Pre-Law Professions 


Director of Athletics: Jason Butikofer
Faculty Athletics Representative: Joe Baker
Chief Operating Officer: Andrew Parrish
Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator: Debbie Corum
Associate Athletic Director for Compliance: Todd Brown
Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs: Frank Pucher
Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine: Ricky Mendini
Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations and Human Resources: David Thompson
Assistant Athletic Director for Administration: Dan Moye
Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Revenue Generation: Nick Bartlett
Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications: Chanel Barnes
Academic Affairs Coordinator: Megan Fawson

Phone: (435) 865-8355

Staff Directory

For a full list of Athletic Department employees, please visit: http://www.suutbirds.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=210928081&DB_OEM_ID=20100&DB_OEM_ID=20100

Mission Statement   

Southern Utah University’s Athletic Department is dedicated to providing quality programs that assist in complimenting and fulfilling the University’s educational objectives and mission.

The athletic program adheres to the policies and procedures of the NCAA and the rules of any conference, league or association of which it is a member.

The Athletic Department is committed to excellence in academics as well as athletics and focuses on fielding competitive teams at the Division 1 level. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of the student’s overall educational experience.

The University strives to reach the highest possible graduation rate for all of its student-athletes while focusing on their social, cultural and intellectual development.

The Athletic Department recognizes the importance of equity in all of its programs and promotes diversity in both student athletes and staff. Student-athletes, coaches and all others associated with intercollegiate athletics are expected to embrace the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct.

The intercollegiate program competes at the NCAA Division I level in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s softball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and FCS football.

Physical Education/Intercollegiate Athletics Courses

Participation in fitness courses and intercollegiate athletics is encouraged for all eligible students. Fitness courses are available to all students. However, to compete in intercollegiate athletics, a student must enroll in the appropriate physical education courses, have a medical examination, and obtain permission of the instructor. Further, a student must be declared eligible under NCAA and conference rules. Some courses may be repeated for credit.

Focus Weeks

Department of History, Sociology & Anthropology
CN 225 ~ (435) 586-7860

Academic enrichment programming with a multicultural emphasis is offered for HIST 2000/HIST 3000 level credit. Course work is based on lectures, workshops, book and film discussions and panel discussions relative to the issue of ethnic minorities, including an African-American focus (HIST 2922 /HIST 3922 ), Native American focus (HIST 2923 /HIST 3923 ), as well as other cultural awareness programs through International Week (HIST 2921 /HIST 3921 ).

International Week

Coordinator: Dr. Michelle Orihel
Department of History, Sociology & Anthropology
CN 225 ~ (435) 586-7860

Spring semester of each year an International Studies Focus Week delivers to campus a variety of speakers, films and discussion groups designed to provide an orientation to and awareness of international issues and cultural diversity. Various guest faculty and campus faculty are involved in creating annual programming as well as in lecturing and leading discussions during International Week.  HIST 2921 /HIST 3921  one hour credit is offered.

Black History Month

Coordinator: Dr. Earl Mulderink
Director of Community Engagement Center
CEC ~ (435) 865-8341

Every February Southern Utah University joins in national celebrations of “Black History Month.” A different theme is selected each year as the campus hosts a variety of speakers, films, and activities that explore varied aspects of the African-American experience. Guest speakers, faculty, staff, and students together create an array of learning opportunities that are open to the public. In addition, one credit hour is available through HIST 2922 /HIST 3922 .

Native American Week

Coordinator: Dr. Emily Dean
Department of History, Sociology & Anthropology
CN 225 ~ (435) 586-7860

Fall semester of each year a Native American Focus Week offers the campus a variety of speakers, films and discussion groups designed to provide an orientation to and awareness of Native American issues and cultural diversity.  Various guest faculty and Native leaders and educators are involved in creating annual programming as well as films and discussions during Native American Week, which changes themes every year. HIST 2923 /HIST 3923  credit for one hour is offered.