Honors Program
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Honors Program

The Honors Program at Saint Paul College offers enhanced learning opportunities and activities to students who demonstrate academic excellence and a high level of interest and initiative.

Honors Program Eligibility

To be eligible to enroll in honors sections, students must show a demonstrated pattern of academic excellence through one of the following:

  • completion of at least 12 college-level credits with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher
  • entering high school students with a Grade Point Average of 3.75 or higher and a minimum Accuplacer Reading score of 78

Benefits of Taking Honors Courses

  • Increased opportunities for intellectual challenge and growth
  • Opportunity to work with other highly motivated students in small classroom settings (honors sections have smaller class sizes).
  • Designation of “honors” after each honors section on college transcript indicates academic rigor to potential employers, transfer institutions, and/or scholarship committees

Honors sections for the following courses are available for Spring Semester 2017

BIOL 1725 02 Environmental Science – Honors (Course ID 000005)
This course covers basic scientific and ecological principles, including an understanding of how the earth functions, how humans are affecting the earth, and proposed solutions to many of the environmental problems we face. Specific topics include: ecology, human population growth, biotechnology, pollution, human impacts on climate, energy resources, and waste management. Students will be required to take positions on environmental issues and alternative future scenarios. In-class activities will include group discussions and video and the use of internet-based resources. Two hours of lab per week are required and include group experiments, computer simulations, outdoor lab activities, and field trips. Traditional and online sections are available. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0721 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 3 & 10) 4C/3/1/0

PHIL 1722 01 Health Care Ethics – Honors (Course ID 000525)
This course introduces basic ethical theories, principles, and decision-making guidelines used in health care ethics. It examines moral issues confronting health care practitioners, patients, and others involved in medicine. The course includes philosophical analysis of cultural differences regarding medical practices, contemporary moral decision-making on topics such as disclosure, confidentiality, human cloning, medical research, abortion, transplantation, allocation of limited resources, cultural differences regarding medical practices, and euthanasia. The course is open to all students interested in health care ethics. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0722 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC Goals: 6 & 9) 3C/3/0/0

PSYC 1720 02 Psychology Throughout the Lifespan – Honors (Course ID: 000381)
The focus of this course is on human development throughout the lifespan. The course includes research methodology, theoretical perspectives and the physical, cognitive and psychosocial changes that influence people throughout their development. An application of research and theory to current issues will be addressed. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0721 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 5 & 9) 3C/3/0/0

BUSN 2450 – Management Fundamentals – Honors (Course ID: 000459)
The course includes the history of management theory with emphasis on forces of change that have resulted in a changing view of the business world for managers. Principle management functions covered are planning, organizing, leading and the process of control as an information feedback function for increasing productivity. Emphasis is on the integration of all management functions into one effort for visionary, effective and efficient operations. 3C/3/0/0

To register for Honors sections, students must contact Enrollment Services at 651.846.1600 or registration@saintpaul.edu

Future Honors Course Offerings

Fall 2017:

  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2 (MNTC Goal Area: 1)
  • ECON 1720 - Macroeconomics (MNTC Goal Area: 5, 8)
  • ARTS 1720 – Art Appreciation (MNTC GOAL AREAS: 6, 8)

Spring 2018:

  • BIOL 1740 – General Biology 1: The Living Cell (MNTC Goal Area: 3)
  • SPCH 1710 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking (MNTC Goal Areas: 1, 8)
  • HIST 1750 – Minnesota History (MNTC Goals Areas: 5, 10)