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, 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 honors@augsburg.edu, (612-330-1560) or Phil Adamo, Honors Program director, at adamo@augsburg.edu.

Honors Program Recognition

Students who complete the Honors Program requirements 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 apply, students should fill out the online application at www.augsburg.edu/honors.

Students applying for the Honors Program also automatically apply for the College’s highest academic scholarships: the President’s, Honors Regents’, International President’s, and Hanwick/Agre Scholarships.

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 any point in their academic career, so long as they have the time left to complete the 28 credits needed to satisfy the Honors requirements. This usually means by the start of their junior year.

All Honors students must complete the three required, 4-credit courses (HON 120, HON 130, and HON 490), and the junior colloquium (HON 340).

Honors Program Requirements

  • All Honors student must complete the college’s General Education core requirements, including REL 100, REL 200, ENL 111, and two Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) courses in each of the four disciplinary areas (Humanities, Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Science, Natural Science and Mathematics). Unless exempt, Honors students must also fulfill the foreign language and physical education requirements.
  • Some Honors courses, both required and elective, may also satisfy Gen Ed requirements. Students should use this circumstance to their advantage where it helps them toward degree completion. For example, students may take HON 100, HON 200, or HON 111 to fulfill the Gen Ed requirements met by REL 100, REL 200, or ENL 111, respectively.
  • At the same time, exemption from certain Gen Ed requirements does not mean exemption from Honors requirements. For example, students may be exempt from the Humanities LAF, but this does not make them exempt from taking HON 130-Liberating Letters, which all Honors students must take, usually in their first year.
  • All Honors students must complete 28 credits in Honors to meet the Honors requirements for graduation.
  • Students may transfer up to 8 credits from another institution toward their total of 28 Augsburg Honors credits. Transfer credits may come from AP, IB, PSEO, or other courses, through pre-established reciprocity agreements, participation in a chapter of the PTK community college honors society, or a portfolio of leadership activities. All transfer credits are subject to the approval of the Honors director. (This effectively means that some students may only take 20 Honors credits at Augsburg.)

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, and the Honors website opportunities for all Honors students. 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 Student Presidents Council 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 (29 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 Curriculum

These courses may best be taken in the order listed below, but can be taken out of order if scheduling conflicts require it.

First year at Augsburg: Fall

Required course:

HON 120 – Scholar Citizen (includes theater lab, satisfies speaking skill and critical thinking skill requirements)

Electives that also satisfy Gen Ed requirements:

HON 100 – Religion, Vocation, and the Search for Meaning I

First year at Augsburg: Spring

Required course:

HON 130 – Liberating Letters (also satisfies humanities LAF and speaking skill)

Electives that also satisfy Gen Ed requirements:

HON 111 – Effective Writing for Liberating Letters (also satisfies effective writing requirement)

Subsequent years at Augsburg

Required course:

HON 340 – Junior Colloquium (taught over two semesters by the Honors Director; P/N grading)

Electives that also satisfy Gen Ed requirements:

HON 200 – Religion, Vocation, and the Search for Meaning II

HON 220 – Scholar Scientist (satisfies non-lab natural sciences and mathematics LAF and quantitative reasoning skill requirements)

HON 230 – Arts and the City (satisfies fine arts LAF)

HON 240 – Science, Technology, and Citizenship (satisfies natural sciences and mathematics lab LAF)

HON 250 – Social Scientist (satisfies social and behavioral sciences LAF)

Other Electives:

HON 380 – Student Created Learning Experience (1, 2, or 4 credits)

HON 499 – Independent Study (1, 2, or 4 credits.

These may be fulfilled by one summer of URGO research, independent study within a department, an internship within a department, or completing a departmental honors project.) All HON 499 courses are subject to the approval of the Honors director.

Certain courses cross-listed in other departments

Final year at Augsburg: Fall or Spring

Required course:

HON 490 – Honors Senior Seminar

Electives:

As needed


 

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