Honors Program

Honors Program

Honors Program Mission Statement

The College of St. Scholastica Honors Program is based on the Benedictine tradition of academic excellence in the development of the educated person.  Honors classes help to cultivate individuals who are consciously committed to gaining a rigorous understanding of the world and applying the best ideas and methods from multiple disciplines to solving world problems. 

To achieve these goals, the Honors Program provides high-achieving students with an enriched academic and social environment that supports their full professional and personal potentials.  In order to create this environment, the Honors Program offers challenging, lively, discussion-oriented courses in the liberal arts and sciences and supporting co-curricular activities that encourage intellectual and moral exploration. 

Honors Program courses fulfill General Education requirements. Some Honors courses are interdisciplinary (IDS) and will fulfill any appropriate General Education area.

Debra Schroeder, Ph.D., Director


Application and admission:

Students must request a formal interview with the Honors Director for admission to the program. Students should meet two of three criteria: be in the top 15 percent of their class, hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have a minimum score of 26 on the ACT or 1100 on the SAT. Students who do not meet two of these criteria may still request an Honors interview, and if successful in the interview, will be admitted to the program.

Graduating from the Honors Program:

To graduate with an Honors Program designation, students must complete 20 credits in Honors with a minimum grade of B in each class. Eight credits must be upper-division, at the 3000 or 4000 level. At the time of graduation, a student must hold a 3.5 GPA.

Transfer students may speak to the Honors director about a four to eight-credit exemption, although they still must take eight credits of upper-division Honors courses to graduate.

Honors Program outcomes:

  1. Love of learning. Students in the Honors Program will develop a curiosity about the world in which they live, resulting in a demonstrated desire for learning within and outside the classroom.
  2. Independent learning. Students in the Honors Program will demonstrate the ability to take responsibility for their own learning, including seeking sources of information beyond that provided by their instructors and being full participants in the classroom process.
  3. Community of learners. Students in the Honors Program will work together and with their teachers to create a community of learners, demonstrated by looking to others for alternative perspectives, switching roles as teachers and learners, and not limiting intellectual interactions with community members to the classroom setting.
  4. Depth of learning from multiple perspectives.  Students in the Honors Program will be able to perform in-depth, critical analyses of specific topics from multiple perspectives.
  5. Discussion skills.  Students in the Honors Program will be able to engage in informed, respectful discussions on values, disciplinary topics, and interdisciplinary topics.