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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 Pr​ogram 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.

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Honors Courses Available for Spring 2020

BIOL 1740 05 – The Living Cell – HONORS (Course ID: 000068)

Description: 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

Instructor: Joanna Cregan

Meets: Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 10:55am; Tuesday 11:30am – 2:25pm

Delivery: Traditional (100% seat time)

BIOL 1740 05 – The Living Cell – HONORS​ Online Registration

COMM 1720 08 – Interpersonal Communications – HONORS (Course ID: 001033)

Description: This course focuses on the practical and theoretical concepts of human communications and the styles used in personal, social and professional environments. Students will also acquire skills in critical thinking, perception, listening, verbal and non-verbal expressions and conflict resolution. Students will evaluate their individual strengths and weaknesses in depth and develop techniques to improve interpersonal relations. (MnTC: Goals 1 & 7) 3C/3/0/0

Instructor: Anna Ignatjeva

Meets: Thursday 12 – 1:25pm

Delivery: Blended/Hybrid (online assignments required)

COMM 1720 08 – Interpersonal Communications – HONORS Online Registration

ENGL 1712 04 - Composition 2 – HONORS (Course ID: 000529)

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: Tuesday 12 – 1:55pm

Delivery: Traditional (100% seat time)

ENGL 1712 04 - Composition 2 – HONORS Online Registration

HIST 1750 91 – Minnesota History – HONORS (Course ID: 000529)

Description: This course surveys Minnesota's historical development from the pre-Columbian period to the present. It focuses on the historic importance of Minnesota's geography and natural resources, American Indian-white relations, the development of Minnesota's unique political tradition, and the emergence of Minnesota's diverse society and economy. Course readings, videos and class discussions are supplemented by visits to metro-area historic sites and the Minnesota Historical Society's History Center. In addition, students are exposed to the tools and techniques historians use to study the past as a part of completing research projects. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0721 with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 5 & 10) 3C/3/0/0

Instructor: Kurt Kortenhof

Meets: Online

Delivery: Online

HIST 1750 91 – Minnesota History – HONORS Online Registration

Fall 2020 Honors Courses

  • BUSN 2465 – Business Ethics
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2
  • HIST 1746 – U.S. History Since 1877
  • HUMA 1780 – American Film
  • MATH 1740 – Introduction to Stats ONLINE!

Spring 2020 Honors Courses

  • BIOL 1725 - Environmental Sciences
  • ECON 1720 - Macroeconomics ONLINE!
  • ENGL 1712 Composition 2
  • PHIL 1720 – Ethics
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