Honors Program

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Fast Facts: Honors Program

  • Classes are designed for high-achieving students who desire an advanced level of inquiry
  • Students learn through dynamic, thought-provoking discussion and through co-curricular activities that engage students intellectually
  • Classes are often interdisciplinary, challenging students to examine topics deeply and to view ideas and problems from multiple perspectives
  • Coursework emphasizes communication skills by requiring students to write, discuss and present both formally and informally
  • Faculty encourage students to develop the habits of mind and heart that prepare them for lifelong learning and to apply knowledge to contemporary questions and uncertainties
  • Students are not required to take additional classes but can use Honors classes to fulfill the College's general education (Veritas) requirements

Program Requirements

Qualifying for the Honors Program

If you meet two of the following three criteria upon application to The College of St. Scholastica, you will be invited by letter to interview for the Honors Program:

  • Rank in the top 15 percent of your high school graduating class
  • Post a minimum score of 26 on the ACT examination
  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Interviewing for the Honors Program

A successful interview with the Honors Director is required for admission to the Honors Program. If you wish to participate in the Honors Program, but do not meet two of the three criteria for admission, you may still apply by contacting the Honors Director for an interview.

Graduating from the Honors Program

To be named a Webster Scholar at graduation and on the transcript, a student must complete the following requirements while at the College:

  • Honors 1111 and 1112 courses
  • Twenty (20) credits of Honors coursework, eight credits of which must be at the 3000- or 4000-level
  • A minimum grade of a "B" for all 20 Honors credits 
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all College coursework upon graduation.

Transfer students are required to take an alternative course to Honors 1111 and 1112 and may be approved for a reduced credit requirement in Honors.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse HON 1112 - And Dignity for All

These are a continuation of the fall Honors sections of Dignitas, taught spring semester at the level and using the active learning techniques of the Honors Program. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program by interview with Honors Director. Honors section descriptions.

Expand and Collapse HON 2405 - The World

This course aims to give students, largely from the Upper Midwest, exposure to and an opportunity to analyze current issues from around the globe. Because the text is a British publication, it exposes students to foreign perceptions of the United States. Students gain the research skills needed to quickly get additional information on events around the world. Honors section descriptions.

Expand and Collapse HON 3777 - Honors

The upper-level topics courses are similar to those of the lower division, except that the latter are intended for junior- and senior-level students. Applications of Game Theory; Paul’s Letters; Manias, Panics, and Crashes; The Russian Revolution; Poetry Movements: Theory and Practice; Big, Fat Novels: Dostoevsky; Economics of Globalization; Conspicuous Consumption; The Death Penalty; The Science of Happiness, and 1989: The Wall Comes Down are examples of previous upper-level topics courses offered in the Honors Program.

Expand and Collapse HON 4777 - Topics

The upper-level topics courses are similar to those of the lower division, except that the latter are intended for junior- and senior-level students. Applications of Game Theory; Paul’s Letters; Manias, Panics, and Crashes; The Russian Revolution; Poetry Movements: Theory and Practice; Big, Fat Novels: Dostoevsky; Economics of Globalization; Conspicuous Consumption; The Death Penalty; The Science of Happiness, and 1989: The Wall Comes Down are examples of previous upper-level topics courses offered in the Honors Program.

Expand and Collapse HON 4885 - The Holocaust

The course involves examination of the Holocaust and its meaning for subsequent generations through an analysis of key source materials, memoirs and interpretations. Critical for an understanding of the Holocaust is the experience of victims, perpetrators and bystanders. Honors section descriptions.

For Further Information

Contact the Honors Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Johnson at sjohnson2@css.edu.

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  • "CSS honors courses have provided me a forum to develop as an intellectual, but more importantly, have also encouraged me to discuss and formulate my own perceptions on countless crucial matters of human existence."

    – Josh Robak, '17

  • Amy Blakeslee

    "Often my honors classes will be officially over and we'll still be talking, simply because the topic hasn't been resolved yet. This momentum spreads to my other classes, causing me to engage further because I now know how to push the envelope and seek out further meaning in class."

    – Amy Blakeslee, '15
    Biology major
    English minor

  • "I've loved being in the honors program. It opened me up to things I never expected I would be so interested in. I decided on a theology and religious studies minor because of the interesting honors religion classes. That would never have entered my mind without this program"

    – Megan Brennhofer, '16