Honors Program

Honors Program

Honors Program Mission Statement

The Honors Program at The College of St. Scholastica cultivates the life of the mind for highly motivated students. Consistent with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Benedictine values, the Honors Program emphasizes close reading of texts, clear communication, and seminar-based discussion and inquiry. It provides students with rich opportunities to explore great ideas from multiple cultures and time periods; encounter concepts and methods from a range of disciplines; and integrate knowledge as means to address complex questions and uncertainties.

Honors courses can fulfill Veritas requirements. Some courses fulfill one specific Veritas pathway as determined by the instructor, and some courses are interdisciplinary (IDS) and provide students with a choice between one of two pathways as determined by the instructor.

Stephanie Johnson, Ph.D., Director

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Application and admission:

Students generally must meet two of the following three requirements to qualify for the Honors Program: rank in the top 15% of their high school graduating class; graduate from high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; and post a minimum score of 26 on the ACT examination.  Qualified students must request an interview with the Honors Director for admission.

Graduating from the Honors Program:

To be named a Webster Scholar and graduate from the program, students must complete 20 credits of Honors coursework (eight credits of which must be upper-division), achieve a minimum grade of B in each of those courses, and have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 upon graduation from the College.

Transfer students may request a four- to eight-credit exemption, but they still must take eight credits of upper-division Honors courses to graduate.

Honors Program outcomes:

1. Critical and Analytical Thinking: Honors students will practice critical and analytical thinking skills, working toward complexity, comprehensiveness, and informed evaluation.

2. Communication Skill: Honors students will practice both formal and informal oral communication, working toward clarity and confidence. They will practice writing both formal and informal academic essays, working toward clarity, intellectual engagement, and rhetorical awareness.

3. Integrative Understanding: Honors students will practice the application of knowledge across disciplines, working toward synthesis and solutions to complex problems.