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Degree Requirements 2019-2020

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, (612-330-1560) or Stacy Freiheit, Honors Program interim director, at

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 Program Requirements

  • All Honors students must complete the university’s General Education core requirements, including RLN 100, RLN 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 RLN 100, RLN 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.
  • In order to graduate with the Honors Program distinction, all Honors students must participate in a substantial research process. This may be accomplished in a variety of ways, including HON 260 Honors Review, HON 470 Independent Research Collaboration, and URGO summer research.
  • 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 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, fulfills Honors Grants, Fellowships, and Awards application requirement)

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


As needed

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.