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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 demonst​rated 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 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.

Honors Courses Available for Spring 2019​

BIOL 1725 03 – Environmental Science – Honors (Course ID: 000822)

Description: 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

Instructor: Rachel Hudson

Meets: Tuesdays 11am – 12:55pm; Thursdays 10am – 12:55pm

Delivery: Traditional (100% seat time)​

BIOL 1725 03 – Environmental Science – Honors Online Registration

ENGL 1712 06 - Composition 2 – Honors (Course ID: 000623)

Description: 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

Instructor: William Lund

Meets: Thursdays 12 – 1:55pm

Delivery: ​Traditional (100% seat time)

ENGL 1712 06 - Composition 2 – Honors Online Registration

​HUMA 1730 - Humanities the Modern World – Honors (Course ID: 000255)

Description: This course introduces students to the global humanities and studies the relationships between the cultures of the past and life in the present. The course includes an examination of written works, art, architecture and music from the Modern World (roughly the 16th century to the present). Texts, materials and interdisciplinary assignments will examine the artifacts and ideas of the West in relation to those of other world cultures, including Indian, East Asian, African and Native American. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0722 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 6 & 8) 4C/4/0/0

Instructor: Julie Haider

Meets: Thursdays 1 – 4:55pm

Delivery: ​Traditional (100% seat time)

HUMA 1730 - Humanities the Modern World – Honors Online Registration

MATH 1740 92 – Introduction to Statistics – Honors (Course ID: 000322)

Description: This course covers concepts and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics. Measures of central tendency and variance, confidence intervals, normal distributions and central limit theorem are explored. The student learns about probability distributions and random variables. Techniques of estimation, hypothesis testing, z-scores, t-tests, F-tests, Chi-square tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA) and linear regression are covered in this course. This course can be used to fulfill the general education requirement for math, and transfer to 2 and 4 year institutions. (Prerequisite(s): MATH 0920 Intermediate Algebra with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goal 4) 4C/4/0/0

Instructor: Sarah Cooley

Meets: Online

Delivery: ​Online

MATH 1740 92 – Introduction to Statistics – Honors Online Registration

WGST 1785 - Foundations in Women's Studies – Honors (Course ID: 000463)

Description: This course serves as an introduction to the field of women's and gender studies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course examines the conditions and circumstances affecting the lives of (primarily) women in the United States. The course explores the roles that women play in society, with careful attention to the ideas and factors that shape those roles. Students will examine how ideas about gender (as well as race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, physical ability and age) are informed by institutions, cultural beliefs, and social practices. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the diversity of women's experience in contemporary United States and connections to women worldwide. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0721 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 5 & 9) 3C/3/0/0

Instructor: Ayesha Shariff

Meets: Wednesdays 1 – 2:25pm

Delivery: ​Blended/Hybrid (online assignments required)

WGST 1785 - Foundations in Women's Studies Online Registration

Fall 2019

  • BUSN 2465 – Business Ethics
  • ECON 1720 – Macroeconomics (MnTC Goal Areas: 5, 8)
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2 (MnTC Goal Area: 1)
  • PHIL 1722 – Healthcare Ethics (MnTC Goal Areas: 6, 9)
  • PSCY 1720 – Psychology Throughout the Lifespan (MnTC Goal Areas: 5, 9)
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