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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.​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 Fall 2018

ARTS 1713 01 or 02 – Photography 1 – Honors (Course ID: 000012)

Description: This is a course devoted to introducing photography as a medium of creative expression and visual communication. Students are introduced to 35mm film cameras and the techniques used in the darkroom to create black and white photographs. Initial assignments address technical proficiency and then the emphasis transitions to creative exploration, aesthetics, and meaning. Classroom discussion will also establish a fundamental relationship between digital and film photography. A $200 camera deposit will be collected from students who borrow a film SLR camera. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the semester provided the camera is returned undamaged and in suitable working condition. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0722 with a grade of C or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goal 6) 3C/1/2/0

Instructor: Aaron Bommarito

Meets: Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:30am – 10:25am (1713 01)
Tuesday and Thursdays from 11am – 12:55pm (1713 02)

Delivery: Blended/hybrid (online assignments required)

ARTS 1713 01 or 02 – Photography 1 – Honors Registration

BUSN 2465 02 – Business Ethics – Honors (Course ID: 000442)​

Description: This course introduces students to ethical issues and concepts as they relate to business and as they impact society, the economy and the environment. Students will analyze various approaches to making ethical decisions through case studies. Topics range from the role of the government to corporate global businesses. Both national and international ethics will be discussed. 3C/3/0/0

Instructor: Susan Senger

Meets: Mondays 12pm-1:55pm

Delivery: Blended/hybrid (online assignments required)

BUSN 2465 02 – Business Ethics – Honors Registration​

ENGL 1712 02 – Composition 2 – Honors (Course ID: 000158)

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: Mondays 12pm-1:55pm

Delivery: Traditional (100% seat time)​

ENGL 1712 02 – Composition 2 – Honors Registration

PHIL 1720 91 – Ethics – Honors Online (Course ID: 000555)

Description: The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the rich and varied tradition of ethical thought found in Western Civilization. Its historical focus will provide a background for perennial ethical themes. Students will examine a variety of theoretical frameworks through which to approach moral issues and will practice using the principles of each to make judgments about issues. Students are expected to develop a philosophical perspective on moral questions, as evidenced in the ability to relate the positions of various ethical philosophers to contemporary issues, both in written work and in classroom discussion. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0722 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 6 & 9) 3C/3/0/0

Instructor: Jason Swartwood

Meets: Online

Delivery: Online​

PHIL 1720 91 – Ethics – Honors Online Registration

Future Honors Course Offerings

Spring 2019

  • BIOL 1725 – Environmental Science (MnTC Goal Areas: 3, 10)
  • ENGL 1712 - Composition 2 (MnTC Goal Area: 1)
  • BUSN 2450 - Management Fundamentals
  • HUMA 1730 - Humanities the Modern World (MnTC Goal Areas: 6, 8)
  • WGST 1785 - Foundations in Women's Studies (MnTC Goal Areas: 5, 9)

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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