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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 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.

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collapse year : Spring 2021 ‎(4)

​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​

Rachel HudsonOnlineOnline000978Spring 2021BIOL 1725 95 – Environmental Science – HONORS

​Global Perspective Macroeconomics is a social science that studies how our society can achieve economic goals of full employment, price stability, economic growth, and stable balance of trade. Students will examine protectionism, components of GDP, economic growth, the business cycle and the federal budget. In addition fiscal and monetary policies are defined and examined in terms of the effects those policies have on economic performance and the business cycle. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0721 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (Mn TC: Goals 5 & 8) 3C/3/0/0​

Peter LawsonTuesday 1 – 2:55pmBlended/Hybrid, Remote Teaching No In-Person Meetings000469Spring 2021ECON 1720 01 - Macroeconomics – 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 – 1:55pmRemote Teaching No In-Person Meetings000446Spring 2021ENGL 1712 01 - Composition 2 – HONORS

​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 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 6 & 9) 3C/3/0/0​

Jason SwartwoodOnlineOnline000287Spring 2021PHIL 1720 93 - Ethics – HONORS
Honors Courses Available for Fall 2021
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2
  • HUMA 1720 – Ancient and Medieval World
  • PHIL 1722 – Health Care Ethics
  • PSYC 1720 – Lifespan Development​
Honors Courses Available for Spring 2022
  • ARTS 1713 – Photography 1
  • BIOL 1740 – General Biology 1: Living Cell
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2
  • MATH 1740 – Introduction to Statistics
  • ​SOCI 1710 – Introduction to Sociology
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