Honors Program

Honors Program

Honors Program Mission Statement

The Honors Program at The College of St. Scholastica cultivates rich intellectual lives of highly motivated students.  Consistent with the Catholic Intellectual and Benedictine traditions, the Honors Program emphasizes broad-ranging communication activities such as reading, writing, and discussing diverse ideas as a community; exposure to concepts and methods from different disciplines, cultures, and time periods; and integration of knowledge to understand and explore solutions to complex contemporary questions and uncertainties.

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

Stephanie Johnson, 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. Honors students will develop an active life of the mind.  They will excel in the intellectual and foundational skills of The College of St. Scholastica.
  2. Honors students will be able to communicate in clear, well-reasoned, sophisticated ways in multiple formats. They will contribute effectively to class discussions through foundational content, critical analysis, and collaborative communication.  They will write papers that are intellectually sound and stylistically proficient.
  3. Honors students will use multiple perspectives in the understanding and exploration of solutions to human problems.  To do so, they will apply and integrate concepts and methods from multiple disciplines, cultures, and/or time periods.