The Honors Program at The College of St. Scholastica was created to give intellectually motivated students enriched learning experiences and a community of peers devoted to a vigorous life of the mind. The Honors Program encourages student responsibility for their learning through discussion-oriented classes. Investigation of compelling and controversial ideas and an emphasis on depth of coverage of material from multiple perspectives are other features of the Honors Program. Honors courses meet General Education requirements, so do not involve extra coursework. Typically, meeting two of the following criteria will lead to an invitation to interview with the Honors Director for admission to the program: top 15% of high school class, high school grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, and ACT score of 26/SAT score of 1100.
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.