Lasallian Honors Program

Lasallian Honors Program

Challenge yourself as you complete your undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s by enrolling in The Lasallian Honors Program. Students who demonstrated outstanding academic achievements in high school or at their previous college or university can enroll in the Honors Program as a way to complete all of their general education requirements at Saint Mary’s.

After applying to Saint Mary’s and being recognized for their academic success, eligible students are invited to join the Honors Program, broadening their college experience at Saint Mary’s — and beyond.

Challenge yourself as you complete your undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s. The Lasallian Honors Program is reserved for students who demonstrated outstanding academic achievements in high school or at their previous college or university. After applying to Saint Mary’s and being recognized for their academic success, eligible students are invited to join the Honors Program, broadening their college experience at Saint Mary’s — and beyond. Students who were not invited but are interested in the program can also inquire about applying for enrollment.

What is the Honors Program?

The Lasallian Honors Program is an alternative version of Integratus, the integrated general education curriculum at Saint Mary’s. Integratus and the Honors Program shape students to become difference-makers in the community and the world. The Honors Program consists of seven interdisciplinary seminars that use a modern version of the Great Books to consider important themes throughout history and issues that face our contemporary world. It relies on a shared inquiry method of teaching, avoiding quizzes and lectures, in order to instill in its students excellent skills in communication and critical thinking.

Some of the books and authors you may read include the following:

  • Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Charles Darwin
  • Dante
  • Aristotle
  • Toni Morrison
  • Layli Long Soldier

Honors Program Experiences and Minors

In addition to the seven seminars based on the Great Books curriculum, Honors students will also participate in the First Year Experience required of all students at Saint Mary’s. Honors students, however, are not required to take E130 First Year Writing.

After successfully completing the Honors Program, you will have satisfied all of the general education requirements for graduation from Saint Mary’s.

Learn more about The Lasallian Honors Program and how you can challenge yourself academically, intellectually, and socially at Saint Mary’s. If you did not receive an invitation to join the Honors program, we encourage you to inquire about how to possibly become part of the program.

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 (also available is the Lasallian Core Traditions Program).

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.

Program Details

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 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.

Program Outcomes

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.

 

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John Kerr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Language, Literature, and Culture

Saint Mary's Hall, SM 229

Campus Box: # 1463

(507) 457-1673

jkerr@smumn.edu

John Kerr Ph.D.