The curriculum at The College of St. Scholastica reflects a commitment to prepare students for their responsibilities as working professionals, as citizens of a democracy and as individuals who seek to live full human lives. A student's academic program consists of three parts: general education requirements (Benedictine Liberal Arts Education), specialized coursework (a major), and electives. The major prepares the student for graduate school or for a profession and is normally selected during the sophomore year. Elective courses allow students to pursue particular interests.
Students who complete an undergraduate degree at The College of St. Scholastica will achieve outcomes related to:
• Ways of knowing
• Effective communication
• Social responsibility
• Disciplinary concentration
The following minimum College requirements must be met for the bachelor of arts degree:
Education The mission of Benedictine Liberal Arts Education at The College of St.Scholastica is to engage students in defining and practicing responsible living andmeaningfulwork. The first three of the College outcomes define this distinctive program and reflect the Benedictine values of the College. The program has three components: a first year experience known as Dignitas and two required courses in composition and communication, a range of liberal arts courses called Pathways, and an upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
Historically Benedictines have been scholars, caregivers, educators and artists; the liberal arts mirror the broad pathways that Benedictines have pioneered. The rigor and breadth of our program prepare St. Scholastica students to meet the present and face the future with wisdom, faith and imagination.
Learning Outcomes for the Twenty-first Century
Scope and Depth of Learning
As an institution founded on the love of learning, the College has a commitment to prepare students for their responsibilities as working professionals, as citizens and as individuals who seek full human lives. St. Scholastica students need the scope and depth of learning that will enable them to understand and navigate the world in which they live.
Students at St. Scholastica will:
• Recognize and value different ways of knowing by exploring a wide range liberal arts and sciences courses
• Achieve the learning outcomes designated by their major
Intellectual and Foundational Skills
St. Scholastica students need intellectual and foundational skills that prepare them for responsible living and meaningful work.
Students at St. Scholastica will:
• Think critically and analytically
• Write and speak clearly and effectively
• Demonstrate linguistic proficiency in a second language
• Recognize the need and importance of living and working in a diverse community
• Demonstrate scientific, mathematical and technological abilities
• Evaluate uses and sources of information
Personal and Social Responsibility
As a Catholic and Benedictine institution, the College has a particular obligation to share with St. Scholastica students why it believes in the worth and dignity of all persons, why it places importance on extending hospitality to all, and why it works for peace, justice and stewardship in a diverse world.
Students at St. Scholastica will:
• Apply academic learning to public issues
• Recognize, analyze, and work to resolve ethical and social issues
• Engage in activities that promote physical, spiritual and emotional well being
• Examine the influence of personal, social and institutional factors on discrimination and prejudice
• Develop an understanding and appreciation of service in service learning activities
Integration of Learning
To prepare students for responsible living and meaningful work, the College believes that students should direct a substantial portion of their effort toward excellence within a particular discipline. In addition, the College believes that on-going study in the liberal arts and sciences will prepare students for the challenges of the twenty-first century. Since the skills and knowledge necessary for life and work are changing more quickly than at any time in history, St. Scholastica students need practice in applying and integrating their learning.
Students at St. Scholastica will:
• Integrate learning between liberal arts and sciences courses and the coursework in their major
Dignitas, a year-long common experience for first-year traditional students, is an introduction to The College of St. Scholastica: who we are, what we stand for, and how to find your place in this community. Dignitas provides a frame work for your entire college experience by introducing you to the key components of a Scholastica education: community, reflection, intellectual challenge, and social justice.
It all begins with community. Our Benedictine founders lived in community; our Benedictine sponsors live in community today. Because St. Scholastica is a college,we are particularly concerned with learning communities. Your Dignitas class will create one ofmany such communities: acknowledging that none of us has cornered the market on wisdom, we work together to discover, understand, and create knowledge. With respect for the individual and hospitality to ideas,we challenge each other to entertain new ideas and think critically about our own beliefs.
As a Benedictine institution, we are also about reflection and contemplation. Unlike more urban religious orders, Benedictines generally locate themselves apart from the hustle of the street, not to isolate themselves from the world, but to provide a space for reflection and renewal before venturing back out into the fray. This emphasis on reflection translates, in educational terms, into a commitment to think seriously about ideas and experiences: to connect theory and practice, to examine our experience in light of others' experiences and in light of theories we are learning; and to challenge received wisdom. In an increasingly anti-intellectual world,we are about the life of the mind, and we are not embarrassed to proclaim this. You will be challenged!
Finally,we are about social justice. Our emphasis on community compels us to look outward to the larger communities in which we live - our city, our country, ourworld. Human dignity is the thread that connects the many different Dignitas sections. As we reflect, critique, and construct our own perspectives on dignity, we challenge ourselves to apply that knowledge to create ever better communities: to touch the world.
In keeping with our emphasis on community, in the Dignitas program, you will be able to remain with the same small group of students and faculty for the year as you explore an intellectually challenging subject, participate in co-curricular activities, and become integrated into the St. Scholastica community.
The two courses are:
The Responsible Self, Fall Semester, 2 credits
And Dignity for All, Spring Semester, 2 credits
Accept and value the challenges and responsibilities involved in being a first-year college student.
Reflect on issues from various perspectives.
Make connections with the larger community.
ENG 1110 First-Year Composition (4 credits)
ENG 1110 emphasizes the development of thinking and writing skills. Based on principles of contemporary writing pedagogy, the course includes prewriting activities, the writing process, considerations of audience and purpose, writing reflections, peer evaluation, drafting, groupwriting and conferenceswith one's instructor. Early assignments depend on personal experience and then sequence to referential and argumentative writing. Includes basic documentation and bibliographic instruction.
CTA 1102 Human Communication (4 credits)
CTA 1102 combines the areas of interpersonal communication and public speaking. The course focuses on the nature of the communication process as it applies to relationships, the self, perception, verbal communication, assertiveness, listening skills, nonverbal communication, conflict management, and cultural differences. Students will be introduced to styles of presenting themselves and their ideas to public groups. The course emphasizes purpose, audience analysis, choice of supporting material, organization, delivery behaviors and rhetorical skills.
Students satisfy the Pathways component of the Benedictine liberal arts requirements by taking a wide range of courses, amounting to approximately one-third of the 128 credits required for graduation.
Cultural Diversity (I) 4 credits.
Students are required to take one course that can count for both cultural diversity and another liberal arts distribution requirement.
Students need to demonstrate a language competency equal to the second semester of a beginning language course. This requirement can be met in one of fourways:
- by having completed three years of one language in high school grades 9-12;
- by successfully completing ASL 1104, FRN 1104, GMN 1104, LTN 1104, OJB 1104, RUS 1104,or SPN 1104;
- by showing equivalent proficiency at the same course levels (respectively in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian, or Spanish) through a St. Scholastica placement exam; or
- by English not being your first language.
Literature (IV) 4 credits.
Analytical Reasoning (V) 4 credits.
Natural Science (VI) 4 credits.
History (VII) 4 credits.
Fine Arts (VIII) 4 credits.
Philosophy (IX) 4 credits.
Religious Studies (X) 4 credits.
Writing Intensive (WI) 4 credits.
Students are required to take an upper division Writing Intensive course in their junior or senior year. This requirement must be taken at St. Scholastica.
The Roman numerals found after course titles in this catalog identify which Pathway(s) a specific course fulfills. Each coursemay be used to satisfy only one Pathway with the exception of the cultural diversity requirement.
Courses Approved for Pathways Requirements (the most current set of Pathways courses is listed on the CollegeWeb site)
I. Cultural Diversity
Cultural Diversity challenges the student to articulate how her/his perception of reality is culturally embedded and how values, assumptions and beliefs are reflected in behavior.This scrutiny fosters respect for the diversity of peoples and cultures. This respect requires more than mere exposure to cultural differences; it requires intellectual discourse which examines such differences critically and is attentive to the challenges of understanding those whose lives are shaped by cultures other than one's own.
Course Title Course ART/INS 2204 American Indian Artand Music CTA 2205 Performing Culture CTA 2240 Intercultural Communication CTA 2525 The Media, Race, and Gender CTA/LIS 3202 Culture Through Film ENG 1130 Introduction to Women's Literature ENG 2210 Ethnic Literature ENG/MER 2220 Medieval and Renaissance Worlds in Literature ENG/RUS 2280 Literature in Translation HIS/INS 2201 American Indian History I HIS/INS 2202 American Indian History II HIS/WGS 2231 Cultural Anthropology HIS 3307 Modern Latin American History HIS/INS 3308 Ojibwe History HIS/WGS 3324 African American History I HIS/WGS 3325 African American History II HIS 3340 Shaping of Modern China HIS 3356 History of Modern India HSC 3101 Health Care for All: A Global Perspective HUM 2150 Ethnicity and the Performing Arts HUM 3380 Women's Spirituality and Literature INS 1101 Introduction to American Indian Studies INS 2203 American Indian Literature INS/PHL 3301 American IndianPhilosophy INS 3320 American IndianWomen: From Myth toReality INS/SWK 4401 American Indian Lawand Policy INS/SWK 4410 Counseling the AmericanIndian INS/SWK 4415 American IndianFamilies INS/SWK 4420 Human Behavior andthe American IndianCommunity LIS 1101 Introduction to InternationalStudies LIS 3200 Popular Music and Political Movements LIS 3302 Europe Today LIS/SPN 3303 The Other America LIS 3401 Health Care Across Cultures LIS/POL 4402 Environmental Politics LIS 4411 Strangers in Their OwnLand MUS 3309 World Music POL 2280 Rethinking Religion andCulture after 9/11 RUS 2209 Russian Language Camp SOC 2265 Diversity/Marginality(Minority) in the U.S. SOC 2433 The Family and Society TRS 3101 Christianity andWorldReligions WGS 1011 Introduction toWomen'sStudies
II. Social Science
Social Science is the study of psychological, economic, social, cultural, and/or political thinking and behavior in individuals and societies. Students discover the interconnectedness and relationships among motivation, learning, and development, including the causes and implications of differences and similarities among people.
Course Title Course CTA 1114 Mass Communication ECN 2230 Principles of Microeconomics ECN 3335 Contemporary Health Care Economic Systems ECN 4430 Current Economic Issues HIS/WGS 2231 Cultural Anthropology INS 1101 Introduction to American Indian Studies INS 3320 American IndianWomen:Myth/Reality INS 4401 American Indian Lawand Policy INS/SWK 4410 Counseling theAmerican Indian INS/SWK 4415 American IndianFamilies INS/SWK 4420 Human Behavior andthe American IndianCommunity LIS 1101 Introduction toInternational Studies LIS/POL 2001 Introduction to PoliticalScience LIS 2201 Peaceful Resolution ofInternational Conflicts LIS/POL 3001 Politics of Globalization LIS 3301 Human Rights LIS 3302 Europe Today LIS/SPN 3303 The Other America POL 3331 American Government PSY 1105 General Psychology PSY 2208 Lifespan DevelopmentalPsychology SOC 1125 Basic Concepts andPrinciples of Sociology SOC 2265 Diversity/Marginality(Minority) in the U.S. SOC 2433 The Family and Society
III. World Language
Language guides our thinking, shapes our perceptions and is the foundational element of culture. The four skills of language study - listening, responding, reading and writing - provide the key that opens the door to a deepened understanding and appreciation of the world's cultures and peoples.
Course Title Course ASL 1101 American Sign Language I ASL 1102 American SignLanguage II ASL 1103 American SignLanguage III ASL 1104 American SignLanguage IV FRN 1101 Conversational French I FRN 1102 Conversational French II FRN 1103 Conversational French III FRN 1104 Conversational French IV GMN 1101 Beginning German I GMN 1102 Beginning German II GMN 1103 Beginning German III GMN 1104 Beginning German IV LTN 1101 Latin I LTN 1102 Latin II LTN 1103 Latin III LTN 1104 Latin IV OJB 1101 Ojibwe Language andCulture I OJB 1102 Ojibwe Language andCulture II OJB 1103 Ojibwe Language andCulture III OJB 1104 Ojibwe Language andCulture IV RUS 1101 Beginning Russian I RUS 1102 Beginning Russian II RUS 1103 Beginning Russian III RUS 1104 Beginning Russian IV RUS 2209 Russian Language Camp SPN 1101 Beginning Spanish I SPN 1102 Beginning Spanish II SPN 1103 Beginning Spanish III SPN 1104 Beginning Spanish IV
Literary study emphasizes close reading of and thoughtful expression about texts from a variety of perspectives and issues, ranging fromforms and genres tomodes and historical- cultural contexts. Focused on language, literary study involves both individual work and communalways of understanding texts through oral andwritten interpretation. Literary study fosters the imaginative and intellectual effort needed to engage in varying cultural experiences to understand human values.
Course Title Course CTA/ENG 3330 Theatre:Greek- Elizabethan CTA 2205 Performing Culture CTA/ENG 3331 Theatre: Restoration-Twentieth Century CTA/ENG 4420 Film and Literature ENG 1115 Introduction to Literature ENG 1120 Mythology ENG 1130 Introduction to Women'sLiterature ENG 1140 ModernWorld Literature ENG 2210 Ethnic Literature ENG/MER 2220 Medieval and RenaissanceWorlds in Literature ENG 2250 Introduction to Poetry ENG 2251 Introduction to Fiction ENG 2252 Introduction to Drama ENG/RUS 2280 Literature in Translation ENG 3310 American Literature I:Beginnings to 1900 ENG 3311 American Literature II:1900 to Present ENG 3315 American Short Story ENG 3320 British Literature I:Beowulf to Neoclassic ENG 3321 British Literature II:Romantic to Modern ENG 3340 American Novel ENG 3350 British Novel ENG 3370 Studies inWomen's Literature ENG 3390 Irish Literature ENG 4400 Shakespeare I ENG 4401 Shakespeare II ENG 4410 Individual Author INS 2203 American Indian Literature
V. Analytical Reasoning
Analytical reasoning is an approach to knowledge which includes the ability to break down a larger problem and theory into constituent elements, gain an organized, logical, and/or empirical understanding of the patterns and relationships among those elements, apply that understanding in a methodical fashion to similar situations, and communicate that understanding in language appropriate to the problem. The development of analytical abilities enables students to consider and respond more capably to the complexities of responsible living and the challenges of meaningful work.
Course Title Course CIS 2085 Programming I w/Java CTA 3445 Argumentation MTH 1110 Liberal Arts Mathematics MTH 1111 Elementary Functions I MTH 1113 Mathematical Ideas I MTH 1114 Mathematical Ideas II MTH 1116 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers MUS 1101 Music Theory I PHL 1105 Logic PSY 3331 Statistics
The natural sciences attempt to discover principles or laws which describe life and the physical universe through the cycle of observation, formulation of hypotheses, experimentation, and development of theory. The fruits of scientific discovery enable humans to appreciate the beauty and inter connectedness of the universe in its many parts and exercise stewardship over the resources nature provides. Students who take natural science courses are better able to understand the scope and limits of the scientific endeavor, how science has shaped the modern world, and the technical issues society now faces.
Course Title Course BIO 1102 Human Biology and Heredity BIO 1103 Current Environmental Topics BIO 1104 Life Science BIO 1120 General Biology II BIO 3101 Conversations with the Naturalists CHM 1010 Everyday Chemistry CHM 1021 Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences CHM 1110 General Chemistry I HSC 2201 Nutrition PSC 1201 Concepts of Physics PSC 1501 A Short Course in Physics
History is an interdisciplinary study that reflects upon and analyzes human experience. It focuses on the ways women and men are active agents in transforming the world and how the past illuminates the present. Students explore human societies in different times and places, encouraging cross-cultural comparisons. Courses in history contribute to creating better informed, more critically thinking citizens who understand themselves and the world around them in deeper, more diverse ways.
Course Title Course HIS 1101 World History I HIS 1102 World History II HIS 1110 History of the United States I HIS 1111 History of the United States II HIS 1112 History of Religion in the United States HIS/INS 2201 American Indian History I HIS/INS 2202 American Indian History II HIS 2212 Medieval Europe HIS 3206 Historiography and Historical Methods HIS 3212 The Renaissance and Reformation in Global Perspective HIS 3214 TheWorld Since 1945 HIS 3301/LIS 3304 Russia Since 1900 HIS 3302 Modern German History HIS 3303 History of Great Britain HIS 3304 Modern European Intellectual History HIS 3305 Issues in Modern European History HIS/LIS 3307 Modern Latin American History HIS/INS 3308 Ojibwe History HIS 3310 United States Foreign Relations HIS 3320 Women in United States History I HIS 3321 Women in United States History II HIS/WGS 3324 African American History I HIS/WGS 3325 African American History II HIS 3333 Issues in United States History HIS 3340 Shaping of Modern China HIS 3355 Islam and the Modern World HIS 3356 History of Modern India LIS 2050 Introduction to Mexico
VIII. Fine Arts
Art is created in all human cultures as a response to life. All forms of art can enable us to express depths of spirituality and emotion, rationally explore that which gives us pleasure, shape social values, reach out to others across time and culture, and create something more lasting than we are. Through the creation and study of art, students consider its definition, interpretation, and impact on humanity. Art merits both technical and reflective study as part of a liberal education.
Course Title Course ART 1105 Introduction to Art ART/CTA 1107 Photography I ART 1120 Drawing I ART 1124 Basic Design ART 1126 Modern Art History ART/CTA/CIS 2041 Computer Graphic Design ART 2121 Painting I ART 2122 Color Theory ART 2125 Print making ART/CTA 2201 The Moving Image ART/INS 2204 American Indian Art and Music ART 2221 Painting II CTA 1150 Introduction to Theatre CTA 2100 Theatre Practicum CTA 2150 Acting for the Stage CTA 2220 Film Genres CTA 2250 Stage craft CTA/ENG 3330 Theatre:Greek-Elizabethan CTA/ENG 3331 Theatre: Restoration-Twentieth Century CTA 4220 Film Auteurs CTA/ENG 4420 Film and Literature HUM 2150 Ethnicity and the Performing Arts LIS 2220 Dance,Gender and Culture LIS 3200 Popular Music & Political Movements LIS 3202 Culture Through Film MUS 1001 Fundamentals of Music MUS 1101 Music Theory I MUS 1211 Collegiate Chorus MUS 1301 Music Appreciation MUS 1410 Class Piano I MUS 1411 Class Piano II MUS 1421 Class Voice MUS 1431 Beginning Recorder I MUS 1713 Music Lessons MUS 1715 Music Lessons MUS 1723 Music Lessons MUS 1725 Music Lessons MUS 1745 Music Lessons MUS 3211 Chamber Choir MUS 3212 Concert Band MUS 3213 Jazz Ensemble MUS 3309 World Music MUS 4211 Small Ensembles
Philosophy, the love of wisdom, uses natural reason to guide the search for the good life. The study of philosophy challenges the student to think critically and make and evaluate arguments. The aim of philosophy courses is to contemplate those questions that will lead to responsible living.
Course Title Course CIS 1205 Technology Ethics INS/PHL 3301 American Indian Philosophy PHL 1114 The Philosophical Perspective PHL 2205 Philosophy of Person PHL 2214 Introductory Ethics PHL 2220 Philosophy of Religion PHL 2223 Political Philosophy PHL 3302 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy PHL 3304 History of Renaissance and Modern Philosophy PHL 3345 Contemporary Philosophy PHL 3350 Contemporary Ethical Issues PHL 3354 Management Ethics PHL 3355 Development of Values in Children PHL 3360 Philosophies of Feminism PHL 3369 Metaphysics PHL 4420 Philosophy of Science
Religious studies invites students to explore religion as a central means of preparing themselves for responsible living and meaningful work by challenging them to work for justice and social change, and encouraging them to shape religious beliefs and spiritual values for their personal and professional lives. Special emphasis is placed on our Catholic and Benedictine heritage.
Course Title Course HUM 3340 Spiritual Living in the 21st Century HUM 3378 Spirituality and Prayer INS/PHL 3301 American Indian Philosophy TRS 1101 Introduction to Christian Theology TRS 1103 Introduction to the Bible TRS 1104 Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures TRS 1105 Introduction to the New Testament TRS 1110 Introduction to Catholicism TRS 1420 Introduction to Spirituality TRS 2101 Common Good, Uncommon Questions TRS/WGS 2243 Women and Religion
WI. Writing Intensive
During junior or senior year, students must select a four-credit course designated Writing Intensive (WI) outside their major. This requirement must be completed at St. Scholastica. The purpose of this requirement is two fold: 1) students will have the opportunity to apply liberal arts skills and values developed in their major field to a body of subject matter outside their major; and 2) students will have the opportunity to further develop and practice writing skills essential to personal and professional growth.
Courses designated WI build on skills developed in Dignitas. In WI courses students write about personal experience, narrate events, gather, summarize and evaluate information, rewrite and edit, incorporate feedback in drafts, develop arguments and produce texts which reflect research. WI courses challenge juniors and seniors to apply further those communication skills and principles they have learned in and out of the classroom.
Course Title Course BIO 3101 Conversations with the Naturalists CTA 4417 Mass Media Law and Ethics ECN 3335 Contemporary Health Care Economic Systems ECN 4430 Current Economic Issues ENG 3300 CreativeWriting: Fiction and Nonfiction ENG 3301 CreativeWriting: Poetry ENG 3315 American Short Story ENG 3340 American Novel ENG 3350 British Novel ENG 3360 Technical Writing ENG 3362 Advanced Writing ENG 3364/MGT 3150 Management Communication:Written ENG 3370 Studies in Women's Literature ENG 4400 Shakespeare I ENG 4401 Shakespeare II ENG 4410 Individual Author ENG 4430 English Language and Linguistics GER/TRS 3310 Religious Perspectiveson Living, Dying and Grieving HIS 3212 The Renaissance and Reformation in Global Perspective HSC 3101 Health Care for All: A Global Perspective HSC/TRS 3311 Religious Perspectives on Healthcare Ethics HUM 3340 Spiritual Living in the 21st Century HUM 3378 Spirituality and Prayer LIS 3401 Health Care Across Cultures LIS/POL 4402 Environmental Politics LIS 4411 Strangers in Their Own Land MER 4444 Seminar:Medieval and Renaissance Studies PHL 3302 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy PHL 3304 History of Renaissance and Modern Philosophy PHL 3345 Contemporary Philosophy PHL 3350 Contemporary Ethical Issues PHL 3354 Management Ethics PHL 3355 Development of Values in Children PHL 3360 Philosophies of Feminism PHL 3369 Metaphysics PHL 4420 Philosophy of Science PSC 4150 Science and Culture SOC 3433 Contemporary Social Issues TRS 3101 Christianity and World Religions TRS 3320 Religion and Politics TRS 3325 Faith, Values and Film TRS 3380 Women's Spirituality and Literature TRS 4130 Biblical Studies Seminar TRS 4220 Catholic Studies Seminar TRS 4440 Women Mystics WGS 4488 Herstory WGS 4555 Women's Studies Practicum/Seminar
In order to prepare students for responsible living and meaningful work, the College believes that students should direct a substantial portion of their effort toward excellence within a particular discipline. This entails pursuing a major to develop a depth of knowledge and skills and the modes of inquiry common to the discipline, as well as considering the larger context of the roles the discipline plays in society. Requirements for all the majors are found in the curriculum section starting on page 63 of the catalog.
Electives provide an opportunity for students to explore areas of interest outside of the Benedictine Liberal Arts Education program and the major. The number of electives a student can take will vary based on the student's major, the number of college credits they brought to the College from other sources, and the number of credits taken each semester. Students are encouraged to stretch themselves by selecting electives that expose them to new ideas.
Many options are available including College sponsored courses, programs at universities affiliated with the College and independent programs.
The College of St. Scholastica seeks to enlarge the educational horizon of its students by providing a study center in Ireland during the spring semester of each academic year. The program enables a student to pursue a full semester's course work in liberal education in addition to experiencing intercultural exchange, travel and personal enrichment. The course offerings will vary each year dependent upon the two resident St.Scholastica faculty members at the center for a given semester. Enrollment each year is limited and selection of students ismade on the basis of date of application, goals, faculty and staff letters of reference, satisfactory grade point average and submission of the necessary deposit to reserve space.
An affiliation with Lincoln University College in Buenos Aires, one of Latin America's most exciting cities, is available. Courses are taught in English; general education and business are available.
The College offers a semester at a new liberal arts college in China near Hong Kong. All instruction is in English and the student body and faculty are international. General education and business credits can be earned through this program. Campus housing is available.
The College offers a fall semester program in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Students and two faculty live and study at the Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development (CCIDD).The center is dedicated to educating students about social justice issues and the life of the poor in Mexico. Students will study Spanish language and learn about Mexico from CCIDD staff. St. Scholastica faculty teach two classes on Latin American topics. The final month of the program is spent in a service learning placement in the community. Students must be at the sophomore level and have the equivalent of one semester of Spanish language to participate in the program.
The College of St. Scholastica conducts a series of summer language camps in cooperation with the Karelian State Pedagogical University in Petrozavodsk, Duluth's sister city in Russia. Russian language camps are intended for American students of Russian and are held in June and July in Petrozavodsk. Language classes are taught at the beginner through advanced-intermediate level by the faculty of the Karelian Pedagogical University. The Russian camps also include a number of cultural and recreational activities as well as extended visits to St. Petersburg and Moscow. The Russian language camps are an integral part of St. Scholastica's Russian Language Program, but they are open to any interested student.
In alternate summers, St.Scholastica faculty offer English language camps for students from Petrozavodsk. St. Scholastica students also are encouraged to participate in these camps by acting as hosts to the College's guests from Russia.
The College of St. Scholastica cosponsors an exchange program with the University of Leipzig,developed for students in the health science fields, which promotes the integration of language and professional interests in an immersion model. During a two-week stay after the end of spring term, St. Scholastica students live with and shadow Leipzig students in their professional training and clinical practice in Germany. In the fall term, Leipzig students come to the St. Scholastica campus and repeat the exchange.Participation in the exchange requires aminimumof one year college/three year's high school German and is recommended at the end of the junior or senior level to maximize professional experience.
The College of St.Scholastica is amember of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA). HECUA provides off-campus experiential learning opportunities that link academic study with hands-on work for social change. Students earn 16 St. Scholastica credits in the semester-long programs and four St.Scholastica credits in January term programs.The programis open to all St.Scholastica majors. St.Scholastica financial aid travels with students in semester programs. More information can be found in the "College Offerings" section of this catalog or at www.hecua.org.
Faculty occasionally lead study trips to other countries. Recent faculty-led trips have included Tanzania and Italy. A service-learning component may be available on some of these trips. Arrangements can also be made for St. Scholastica students to participate in other college and university programs abroad. Financial aid, however, may not be available for programs other than those sponsored by St. Scholastica.
The Honors Program at The College of St. Scholastica was created to give honors students enriched learning experiences and to provide a community of support for learners devoted to a vigorous life of the mind. The Honors Program achieves these goals by providing for the unique social and academic needs of these students in order to attract, challenge and retain them.
The courses in the Honors Programare designed to provide in-depth learning experiences, to investigate compelling and controversial ideas and to require students to take charge of their learning by being actively engaged in the learning process. Involvement in honors courses allows the student to exercise his/her intellect and develop his/her potential to the greatest degree possible.
The honors faculty act as intellectualmentors for students in the Honors Program, serving as role models of academic rigor. Facultymemberswho teach in the Honors Program also function as academic advisors to honors students.
Finally, the students who become involved in the St. Scholastica Honors Program should strive to love ideas and the discussion of them, not fearing intellectual debate or finding it threatening; to be able to listen to others' ideas with respect nomatter howmuch those ideasmight conflict with personal sentiments; to embrace their college opportunities; to demand the best that the College can offer, not allowing anything or anyone to impede their opportunities to learn; to be willing to risk the analysis of an idea for its improvement and for the individual's greater understanding; and to desire a life of learning.
Students admitted to the traditional programon the Duluth campus are eligible for consideration for the Honors Program. Students wishing to participate in the St.Scholastica Honors Program should meet two of the following criteria:
All applicants for the Honors Program must be interviewed by the Honors Director prior to admission.
Any student who wishes to participate in the Honors Program but does not meet two of the three criteria above may still apply to the program by contacting the Honors Director. The Director may allow the student to participate in the Honors Program based on a successful interview.
Students are required to complete 20 honors credits, at least eight of which are upper level. Students may choose an honors thesis project for four credits. The Honors Colloquium is strongly recommended for first-year honors students. Transfer studentsmay be exempted from four to eight credits of honors courses, with the permission of the Honors Director, but theymust still take at least eight upper level honors credits to graduate.
Students who fall below the minimum grade point average required for graduating with honors may continue to enroll in honors courses in the hope that their GPA will improve.
In order to graduate with an Honors Program Designation on his/her transcript, a studentmust meet the following criteria:
The college classroom is not the only place college-level learning may occur. The College of St. Scholastica has several mechanisms by which it recognizes college-level learning acquired outside the classroom.
Students who wish to document prior learning through Portfolio Assessment begin the process by attending aworkshop that helps them decide if this program will be useful. In the workshop, students identify their college-level learning experiences. The workshop facilitator guides students through the process of documenting their equivalent learning in a portfolio that will be reviewed by faculty members. To register for the workshop please contact your academic advisor.
The College Board and the Educational Testing Service provide a national programof examinations called the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) that is used to evaluate collegelevel education. The Registrarmaintains a list of the CLEP exams and that meet Pathways requirements. Academic departments determine which CLEP examinations can substitute for major requirements, so students are advised to discuss their CLEP plans with their academic advisor. Note that credit cannot be granted for both a course passed by examination and a regular classroom course that duplicates the subject matter. No credit can be given for an examination if an advanced course in that area has already been taken.
A degree-seeking undergraduate student may request the opportunity to take a "challenge" examination to seek credit for a course forwhich a CLEP examination is not available. Challenge opportunities are provided at the discretion of the department chair. Please contact your academic advisor for specific procedures to request a challenge.
Full-time students at St. Scholastica may also enroll for up to two courses per semester at two other local universities without payment of additional tuition. Such enrollment, called cross-registration, is available at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University ofWisconsin- Superior. Cross-registration is open at the University of Wisconsin-Superior to a total of 15 St. Scholastica juniors and seniors. There are no numerical limits at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. If a student's total credits exceed 18, the student will be charged for those excess credits at the current College of St.Scholastica cost-percredit rate. Course or lab feesmust be paid prior to registration. The grade earned at the cross registered institution counts in your CSS GPA.
Complete details of the programare available in the Registrar's Office. Cross-registration is not available during the summer,nor does it include graduate levelwork at any time.
A variation on cross-registration may be available with other institutions with advisor approval. For example, many students on our Brainerd campus take consortium work through Central Lakes College.
The College offers a variety of study opportunities during the summer, including traditional courses on the Duluth campus, accelerated courses at all of our extended campuses, and online courses. Contact an academic advisor for more information on summer offerings.