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Honors Program

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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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Honors Courses Available During Spring 2024
  • ARTS 1713 – Photography 1 (MnTC Goal Area: 6)
  • BIOL 1740 – Gen Biology 1 the Living Cell (MnTC Goal Area: 3)
  • COMM 1720 – Interpersonal Communication (MnTC Goal Areas: 1 & 7)
  • ECON 1720 – Macroeconomics (MnTC Goal Areas: 5 & 8)
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2 (MnTC Goal Area: 1)

Expanded Spring 2024 Course Description and Information:

collapse year : Spring 2024 ‎(5)

This is a course devoted to introducing photography as a medium of creative expression and visual communication. Students are introduced to cameras and the techniques used 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 understanding of creating art and critically discussing photographs. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0722 or READ 0724 or EAPP 0900 with a grade of "C" or better, or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goal 6) 3C/1/2/0

Aaron BommaritoTuesday 9am-12:25pmBlended/Hybrid Course000018Spring 2024ARTS 1713-03 Photography 1 – HONORS

This course is a study of biological processes including cell chemistry, metabolism, reproduction, genetics, and complex cell physiology. Three hours of lab per week are required; 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. 3 hours of lab required in a 16-week semester. (Prerequisite(s): READ 0722 or READ 0724 or EAPP 0900 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goal 3) 5C/4/1/0

Amy GonyeaMonday 9am-11:55amBlended/Hybrid Course000891Spring 2024BIOL 1740 07 – General Biology 1: The Living Cell – Honors

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

Anna IgnatjevaThursday 12pm-1:15pmBlended/Hybrid Course000341Spring 2024COMM 1720 06 – Interpersonal Communications – HONORS

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 or READ 0724 or EAPP 0860 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate assessment score) (MnTC: Goals 5 & 8) 3C/3/0/0

Pete LawsonTuesday 1pm-2:25pmBlended/Hybrid course000315Spring 2024ECON 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 Noon – 1:55pmTraditional on campus meetings000305Spring 2024ENGL 1712 01 - Composition 2 – HONORS
Honors Courses Available During Fall 2024
  • BIOL 1760 – Nutrition (MnTC Goal Area: 3)
  • ENGL 1712 – Composition 2 (MnTC Goal Area: 1)
  • HIST 1745 - US History to 1877 (MnTC Goal Area: 5 & 7)
  • PHIL 1720 – Ethics (MnTC Goal Areas: 6 & 9)
  • SPAN 1710 – Beginning Spanish 1 (MnTC Goal Areas: 6 & 8)
Honors Courses Available During Spring 2025
  • ARTS 1730 - Drawing 1 (MnTC Goal Area: 6)
  • BIOL 1725 - Environmental Science (MnTC Goal Area: 3 & 10)
  • COMM 1720 - Interpersonal Communication (MnTC Goal Area: 1 & 7)
  • ECON 1730 - Microeconomics (MnTC Goal Area: 5 & 8)
  • ENGL 1712 - Composition 2 (MnTC Goal Area: 1)
  • PHIL 1710 - Logic (MnTC Goal Area: 4)
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