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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

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collapse year : Spring 2022 ‎(5)

​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​

Stephen GeffreWednesday 1pm-4:55pm and OnlineHybrid – In-person Lab; Online Lecture000025Spring 2022ARTS 1713 04 – Photography 1 – HONORS

​This course is a study of biological processes including cell chemistry, metabolism, reproduction, genetics, and complex cell physiology. The lab component covers the application of concepts through observation, experimentation, and problem analysis. This course is intended for biology majors and students requiring a strong biological background for selected majors, including nursing and other allied health fields, and interested non-majors. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0722 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score)(MnTC: Goal 3) 5C/4/1/0​

Amy Gonyea-McKittrickTuesday 9am – 11:55 am and OnlineHybrid – In-person Lab; Asynchronous Online000053Spring 2022BIOL 1740 01 – General Biology 1: Living Cell – 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 meetings000383Spring 2022ENGL 1712 01 - Composition 2 – HONORS

​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 0740 or MATH 0910 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goal 4) 4C/4/0/0​

Sarah CooleyOnline - AsynchronousFully Online – D2L Brightspace000210Spring 2022MATH 1740 91 – Intro Statistcs – HONORS

​This course introduces students to sociology: the systematic study of human interaction and society. Major theoretical perspectives and research methods of sociology will be examined. The primary goal is to create an awareness of and appreciation for the range of social and cultural variations throughout the United States and worldwide, stressing characteristics shared by all people. Readings and social science examples will be drawn from cultures around the world, including the pluralistic culture of the United States. Another focus of the class is to dispel common myths and stereotypes surrounding society and human behavior. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0721 with a grade of "C" or better.) (MnTC: Goals 5 & 7) 4C/4/0/0​

Kris D’MeierOnline - AsynchronousFully Online – D2L Brightspace000938Spring 2022SOCI 1710 93 Introduction to Sociology – HONORS
Honors Courses Available for Fall 2022
  • COMM 1720 – Interpersonal Communications
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2
  • HIST 1750 – Minnesota History
  • POLS 1750 – Introduction to Political Science
Honors Courses Available for Spring 2023
  • BIOL 1725 - Environmental Science
  • ARTS 1744 - Introduction to Watercolor Painting
  • ENGL 1712 - Composition 2
  • PSYC 1720 - Lifespan Development
  • PHIL 1720 - Ethics

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