Honors Colloquia


To graduate with Honors, students must attend 20 Colloquia and lead 10 Colloquia by the end of their 4th year, engaging in and leading seminar discussions with their fellow Gaels about topics that kindle their interest outside the classroom.



Students on the Honors Terrace

What are colloquia?

Colloquia are a non-course credit seminar for students in the Honors Program. Colloquia are different from the standard learning environment filled with exams, essays, and homework. Every colloquium is student-led and holds intriguing discussions and presentations with occasional guest lecturers. Honors students participate in discussions with their peers on a topic of their choosing. Students will gain communication and critical thinking skills, while bonding and developing life-long relationships with their like-minded peers.

Students on the Honors Terrace

Who can attend colloquia?

Colloquia are open to all students in the Honors Program; however, all first and second year students are required to attend one colloquium per month. Typically, 3rd and 4th lead or co-lead colloquia. Honors points are allocated for each colloquium attended (1 point) or led (2 points).

The recommendation is to attend 10 colloquia in your 1st year and 10 in your 2nd year, although you are more than welcome to support your fellow Honors students and attend colloquia in later semesters, as well.

Honors students painting on the Aquinas terrace

When and where do colloquia take place?

Students will be notified of the weekly colloquium offerings via our newsletter and can choose which colloquium to attend based on their interests and availability.

Keep an eye on your email for updates, or check out the Honors calendar for upcoming events.

Colloquium FAQs

If you are interested in becoming a colloquium leader, fill out the form included in our weekly newsletter!

You are welcome to attend as many colloquia as you wish!

In case of any updates to dates/times, please email honors@stmarys-ca.edu the Thursday before your colloquium.

For last-minute cancellations, please contact one of the Honors PR Commissioners directly.