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Lasallian Honors Program

General Education Program

The Lasallian Honors Program is the general education core program for honors students. It is designed to provide an intellectually stimulating experience for bright and motivated students who wish to engage in "shared inquiry" in small, interdisciplinary classes. The hallmarks of the Honors Program are in-depth discussions of the Great Books and other notable texts of the Western and Eastern cultural traditions; service learning with organizations in the community; experiential learning in the fine arts; and participation in a community of learners who desire to grow intellectually, spiritually, and creatively. The program is grounded in the university mission and the Lasallian dispositions of faith, zeal, service, and community. The ultimate goal of the Lasallian Honors Program is to awaken and nurture the intellectual, spiritual, and personal development of learners in preparation for lives of servant leadership and appreciation of the world’s intellectual and cultural heritages.

Students are invited into the Lasallian Honors Program based on their college-entrance test scores, their academic record, and their co-curricular activities and achievements. Through a series of eight seminar courses, students read and engage with the most important ideas in human history. Through service learning, students explore the practical dimensions of social justice in the local community and reflect on the Christian concept of servant leadership. And through innovative tutorials in the fine arts, students learn about and create a variety of works of art. Students in the Lasallian Honors Program develop advanced skills in analytical reading, writing, critical thinking, and oral communications. The curriculum promotes active learning, preparation for graduate study and professional work, and camaraderie in a supportive community of peers and professors. Faculty in the Honors Program assist students with applications for graduate school, scholarships, and study abroad and long-term volunteer opportunities, as well as employment resumes.

Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average in order to remain in good standing in the Lasallian Honors Program. Students who spend a semester studying abroad can substitute one course taken abroad for one honors course.

Lasallian Honors first-year students take LH105 and LH155; sophomores take LH205 and LH255; juniors take LH305 and LH355; and seniors take LH405 and LH455.

For more information

Dr. Christian Michener
Lasallian Honors Program
cmichene@smumn.edu
(507) 457-1423

Faculty
John Kerr
Department Chair, English - Associate Professor
Carolyn Ayers
English - Associate Professor
Rose Beal
Rose Beal, Ph.D.
Theology - Assistant Professor
Christian Michener
English - Professor, LaSallian Honors Program - Director of the LaSallian Honors Program
Lawrence Price
Business - Associate Professor
For more information contact:

Christian Michener, Ph.D.
Director, Lasallian Honors Program
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1527
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1423
cmichene@smumn.edu