Honors Program

Honors Program

Honors Program Mission Statement

The Honors Program at The College of St. Scholastica prepares civic scholars committed to the pursuit of knowledge that leads to ethical action in their communities and beyond.

The program's small, discussion-based seminars can fulfill Veritas requirements as designated by the instructor. Certain interdisciplinary seminars provide students with a choice between one of two Veritas pathways as designated by the instructor.

Stephanie Johnson, Ph.D., Director

Pamela Freeman, Ph.D., Associate Director


Application and admission:

Students generally must meet two of the following three requirements to qualify for the Honors Program: rank in the top 15 percent 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. Students applying to St. Scholastica as test-optional will still be considered. 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. HON 1111 and HON 1112 (Honors Dignitas) are required in the first year and earn students four credits toward the 20 credits total.

Transfer students may be required to complete fewer than 20 credits to graduate (eight credits of which must be upper-division) as determined by the Director.

Honors Program outcomes:

1. Employ critical thinking in the pursuit of knowledge across disciplines.

2. Construct persuasive and civil arguments.

3. Formulate a framework for ethical decision-making.

4. Evaluate effective models of community engagement that promote human flourishing.