Honors Program

Honors Program Graduate at Commencement

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 many of 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 his or her transcript, a student must complete the following requirements while at the College:

  • Twenty (20) credits of Honors coursework, eight credits of which must be at the 3000- or 4000-level
  • Honors 1111 and 1112 courses, four credits of which may apply toward the 20 credits of Honors coursework
  • 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.

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

  • "The honors program has improved my analytical thinking, problem-solving and writing skills. Beyond that, it has encouraged me outside of my comfort zone and into classes that I wouldn't otherwise take. As a result, I'm not only a better student, but also a better human being and social justice advocate."

    – Alexa Lee, ’17

  • "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