Academic Catalog and Handbooks

2023-2024 Edition

Honors Scholars Program

Program Director: Elisabeth Wengler

The mission of the CSB/SJU Honors Scholars Program is to provide an intellectual community for a self-motivated and diverse group of students to take intellectual risks, participate in a challenging, integrative, and interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum, develop their collaborative leadership skills, and apply their learning to projects that contribute to the common good.

Key Features

  • Integrated Curriculum: The curriculum consists of a common set of five Honors seminars that students move through with their cohort. Each course builds on the next with scaffolded learning outcomes and civic engagement through developmental experiential learning activities. Through interdisciplinary courses, one of which will be team-taught in two different Ways of Thinking, students will learn to apply concepts, methods, theories and skills to complex social issues. Students meet Integration Curriculum requirements in the five Honors seminars.
  • Collaborative Leadership: The program embeds learning goals developed from the “Social Change Model of Leadership.” It features a collaborative understanding of leadership and a commitment to the common good that is consonant with the Benedictine notions of the responsibilities of living in community and with the aspirations of CSB/SJU for transformative inclusivity.
  • Liberal Arts in Action: The interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum of Honors provides students with the opportunity to wrestle with universal questions about the human condition in particular contexts, to uncover the root causes of diverse societal inequalities and the particular nature of power dynamics. Students will integrate coursework and leadership skills in experiential learning projects in which they identify opportunities and challenges, develop proposals, and design strategies for change that support the common good of their communities.