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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 3.5 or higher
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 Scholars at Saint Paul College

Students who complete 4 courses or 12 credits of honors coursework over their careers at Saint Paul College become Honors Scholars. The “Honors Scholar” designation is then added to the student’s Saint Paul College transcript to be noted by potential employers, transfer institutions, and/or scholarship committees. Honors Scholars also receive well-deserved recognition at our graduation ceremony.

Honors sections are scheduled three semesters in advance to allow students to plan their coursework so they can work toward becoming Honors Scholars as they complete their degree or program requirements. There is no need for honors students to take additional coursework because honors sections fulfill program and degree requirements in the same way traditional sections do.

Contact Information:
Aaron Bommarito
Honors Program Coordinator
aaron.bommarito@saintpaul.edu
651.846.1664

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Honors Courses Available During Spring 2023
  • ENGL 1712 - Composition 2
  • ARTS 1732 – Two-Dimensional Design
  • PHIL 1720 – Ethics
  • BIOL 1725 - Environmental Science
  • PSYC 1720 - Lifespan Development

Expanded Spring 2023 Course and Description Information is Below:

  
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Learn the foundational principles of two-dimensional design so you can make dynamic visual compositions and communicate ideas through images. Discuss how artists and designers arrange the elements of design to affect how viewers think and feel. Engage in the design process: generate multiple possibilities and then bring the best idea to life. Explore techniques in a variety of hands-on media. (MnTC: Goal 6) 3C/2/1/0

Emily HoisingtonMonday and Wednesday 9 – 10:55amTraditional on campus meetings000890Spring 2023Register for ARTS 1732 01 - Two-Dimensional Design – HONORS
  

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 or READ 0724 or EAPP 0860 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 3 & 10) 4C/3/1/0

Rachel HudsonOnline in D2L BrightspaceAsynchronous Online000039Spring 2023BIOL 1725 91 – Environmental Science – HONORS
  

This course emphasizes critical reading and analytical writing using literature as the basis for composition. The course includes an analysis of primary and/or secondary sources with a focus on academic writing. (Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1711) (MnTC: Goal 1) 2C/2/0/0

William LundMonday 12 – 1:55pmTraditional on campus meetings000342Spring 2023Register for ENGL 1712 02 - Composition 2
  

This course equips students with philosophical skills and theoretical frameworks useful for fostering productive reflection about ethical controversies. Topics could include the nature and ground of moral judgments, views about what constitutes a good life, theories of right or wrong conduct, and particular moral issues such as animal welfare, civil disobedience, the morality of truth-telling and promising extreme poverty, racism and sexism, gun control, and genetic manipulation.(Prerequisite(s): READ 0722 or READ 0724 or EAPP 0900 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 6 & 9) 3C/3/0/0

Jason SwartwoodTuesday 10am – 12:55pmTraditional on campus meetings000229Spring 2023PHIL 1720 02 - Ethics – HONORS
  

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 or READ 0724 or EAPP 0860 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 5 & 9) 3C/3/0/0

Stephanie HazenThursday 10am – 12:55pmTraditional on campus meetings000519Spring 2023PSYC 1720 01 – Lifespan Development – HONORS
Honors Courses Available for Fall 2023
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2 (MN Transfer Goal 1)
  • HIST 1746 – US History Since 1877 (Goals 5 & 7)
  • MATH 1740 – Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4)
  • PHIL 1722 – Health Care Ethics (Goals 6 & 9)
  • HUMA 1780 – American Film (Goals 6 & 7)
Honors Courses Available During Spring 2024
  • ARTS 1713 – Photography 1 (MN Transfer Goal 6)
  • BIOL 1740 – Gen Biology 1 the Living Cell (Goal 3)
  • COMM 1720 – Interpersonal Communication (Goals 1 and 7)
  • ECON 1720 – Macroeconomics (Goals 5 & 8)
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2 (Goal 1)
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