Academic Information

The Augsburg Honors Program offers an adventurous education where students with a passion for ideas can be their best. We offer a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for students committed to an exceptional higher education.

Augsburg’s Honors Program is unlike any other honors program in the nation because it gives students the resources and freedom to build their own ideal higher education. Students have the opportunity to create their own courses, edit and write for the Honors Review of Undergraduate Scholarship, participate in an intramural debate league, belong to an Honors House, and learn through small reading groups, research projects, and travel around the world.

Each Honors course has been specifically created for Honors students, and includes a challenging “signature experience” such as writing a play, putting great books on trial, or attending music, theater, and art performances. Honors courses bring in professors from several different departments so students can learn from talented professors teaching their specialties.

For information, contact the Honors Desk at (612-330-1560) or Phil Adamo, Honors Program director, at

Honors Program Recognition

Students who complete the Honors Program requirements satisfy all general education requirements, except those for physical education and modern language.

Honors students also receive special transcript notation, special graduation recognition, résumé-building positions, and special access to academic advising and career options.

Honors Admission Requirements and Academic Scholarships

Students with a demonstrated record of achievement are eligible to enter the Augsburg Honors Program. Prospective students may demonstrate achievement in a variety of ways. Most students who are admitted have a composite ACT score of 27 or higher (or a combined SAT score of 1250 or higher), and a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher. However, students without these numeric requirements may be eligible if they have exceptional records of extracurricular activity or other exceptional experiences. All students are encouraged to apply. To do so, students should fill out the general online Augsburg application, selecting the option to compete for admission to the Honors Program.

Students applying for the Honors Program also automatically apply for the College’s highest academic scholarships: the President’s Scholarship and the Honors Scholarship.

Qualifying Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College in the Schools, and Postsecondary Option courses may satisfy Honors Program requirements, and/or be granted College credit. Contact Academic Advising or the Honors program director for further information.

Students may enter the Honors Program at three points: first semester of first year, second semester of first year, or first semester of sophomore year. Students who enter during the second semester of the first year must fulfill all remaining Honors requirements, may substitute REL 100 for HON 100, and may be excused from taking HON 120.

Students who enter the first semester of the sophomore year must fulfill remaining Honors requirements, and may substitute REL 100 for HON 100, may substitute two non-Honors humanities liberal arts foundation courses for HON 130, may substitute ENL 111 for HON 111, and may be excused from taking HON 120.

Scholars Program

The Scholars Program allows students to enroll in Honors courses, join an Honors House, and participate in all Honors Program activities. In order to graduate with the Scholars Program transcript designation, student must: join an Honors House and participate in required meetings (listed below), maintain an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, and take 16 credits of Honors courses. Scholars Program participants do not need to complete the research requirement or the GFA requirement. Scholars Program participants are not required to take HON340: Junior Colloquium, but may if they so choose.

Honors Program Requirements

Honors students have several options for completing each general education requirement. Student may complete the established courses, or they may use several unconventional options. These options are detailed in subsequent sections. In general, Honors students entering in the first semester must complete the following requirements:

  • First Year: HON 005; HON 120; HON 100; HON 130; HON 111 or 219 or other 200 level writing course
  • Past First Year: HON 005; HON 220; HON 230; HON 240; HON 250; HON 340; HON 490; research requirement, residency requirement
  • Outside Honors Program: modern language requirement; physical education requirement


**All Honors students should take HON 260 in the second year unless they have an irreconcilable scheduling conflict or have a clear and defined plan for meeting the research requirement. If the latter, students should take HON 470.

**All Honors students must complete the GFA (Grants, Fellowships, and Awards) Requirement- details are available at the Honors Moodle site, the Honors public folder or from the Honor Desk (

**Students with and English transfer credit must take the writing entrance exam to place out of HON 111.

**All students must take HON 130 unless there is an irreconcilable schedule conflict within their major. Ex: pre-med and music therapy.

Honors Co-Curricular Activities

Honors Houses

All Honors students must belong to an Honors House for the purpose of receiving academic advising and program information. All Honors students are required to attend mandatory meetings of the Honors Program or of their houses. These meetings are necessary for advising, information, and governance. When students enter the Honors Program they choose to join one of the four Honors Houses:

  • The Crockett Scholars House coordinates scholarship, research, fellowship, major award or prize opportunities, and graduate school placement for all Honors students. Crockett House also organizes events related to scholarship, such as College scholarship events.
  • The Pike Stewards House coordinates public relations, job placement, and fundraising opportunities for all Honors students. Pike House also organizes events for alumni and fundraising.
  • The Griffin Citizens House coordinates recruiting, social activities, admission and scholarship applications. Griffin House also organizes events for recruiting and socializing, such as banquets, parties, and high school recruiting trips.
  • The Hesser Servants House coordinates service-learning, social justice, experiential learning, and political activity opportunities for all Honors students. Hesser House also organizes related events, such as Honors service days and Augsburg experiences.

Augsburg Honors Review

Students manage, edit, write, and publish an interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate scholarship. The Review accepts submissions from students at Augsburg and other colleges and universities around the nation.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Students elected to leadership within their Honors House may serve as house presidents or serve in other program leadership positions. The house presidents sit on the Honors Council along with the Honors Faculty Advisors and make critical decisions about program courses and resources.

Student-Created Learning Experiences (SCLE)

Honors students may learn through established courses or through student-created learning experiences. These student-created experiences may substitute for Honors curricular requirements, or may simply enrich a student’s education. Such student-created experiences may count toward requirements in majors and satisfy Honors requirements, or simply be an elective course.

Student-created learning experiences may take almost any form. Some possible forms include:

  • Student-created courses (created in collaboration with faculty)
  • Full course (10-20 students)
  • Reading Groups (2-9 students)
  • Individual Reading and Examination (individual study)
  • Student/Faculty Research (may be one or many students)

Process: A student-created learning experience may be proposed by any Honors student or by any Augsburg faculty or staff person. The interested student should speak with either an Honors Council member or the Honors Program director. Next, a proposal should be drafted in accord with the Honors student-created learning experience form. Finally, the proposal should be submitted by the student to the Honors Program director who will carry the proposal to the Honors Council for review.

Honors Established Curriculum

These requirements are normally taken in the order listed below, but can be taken out of order if schedule conflicts require it.

First Year: Fall

  • First-year students select Honors House membership.
  • First-year students are not permitted to join Augsburg Honors Review.
  • HON 100 – Religion, Vocation, and the Search for Meaning I
  • HON 120 – Scholar Citizen (includes theater lab, satisfies speech skill and critical thinking skill requirements)

First Year: Spring

  • HON 130 – Liberating Letters (humanities LAF and speaking skill)
  • HON 111 – Effective Writing for Liberating Letters (satisfies effective writing requirement)

Second Year: Fall

  • Students write and research as staff writers in HON 260: Augsburg Honors Review (0.0 credit, pass/no credit)
  • HON 220 – Scholar Scientist (satisfies non-lab natural sciences and mathematics LAF and quantitative reasoning skill requirements)
  • HON 200 – Religion, Vocation, and the Search for Meaning II

Second Year: Spring

  • HON 260 – Augsburg Honors Review (0.0 credit, P/N grading) – Students write and research as staff writers
  • HON 240 – Science, Technology, and Citizenship (satisfies natural sciences and mathematics lab LAF)

Third Year: Fall

Students eligible to become editors and managers in HON 260: Augsburg Honors Review

  • HON 250 – Social Scientist (satisfies social and behavioral sciences LAF)
  • HON 200 – Religion, Vocation, and the Search for Meaning II
  • HON 340 – Junior Colloquium (taught by the President or Dean of the College; 0.0 credit, P/N grading)

Third Year: Spring

Students eligible to become editors and managers in HON 260: Augsburg Honors Review

  • HON 230 – Arts and the City (satisfies fine arts LAF)
  • HON 340 – Junior Colloquium (continues from fall semester; 0.0 credit, pass/no credit)

Fourth Year: Fall

  • Students may join HON 260 – Augsburg Honors Review and HON 460 – Honors Disputation League in their fourth year
  • HON 490 – Honors Senior Seminar (offered fall and spring)

Fourth Year: Spring

  • HON 490 – Honors Senior Seminar (offered fall and spring)

Research Requirement

At some point before graduating, students must satisfy the Honors Research Requirement as detailed in the Research Requirement document available in the Honors Suite or online. In addition, students must register for at least two semesters of the following to document the research experience on their transcript:

HON 260 – Augsburg Honors Review

HON 470 – Student/Faculty Research Collaboration

Summary Notes:

  • The Honors recommended sequence satisfy all general education requirements except: foreign language and physical education. Students may fulfill these through non-Honors courses or through Honors SCLE curricular alternatives.
  • Residency: all Honors students must complete seven 4.0-credit courses, or 28.0 credits total, in the Augsburg Honors Program to meet the Honors residency requirement for graduation.
  • Students past first year may take courses out of the recommended sequence without permission.
  • Students with college level transfer work may waive some HON courses as long as they fulfill the Honors program residency requirement.  HON 120, 120L, 340, 490 and the research requirement may not be waived.
  • All Honors students must complete the GFA (Grants, Fellowships, and Awards) Requirement- details are available at the Honors Moodle site, the Honors public folder or from the Honor Desk (
  • Students with and English transfer credit must take the writing entrance exam to place out of HON 111.
  • All students must take HON 130 unless there is an irreconcilable schedule conflict within their major. Ex: pre-med and music therapy.

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