Honors Scholars

Where ideas are transformed into action

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Honors Scholars

For Community and Collaborative Leadership

The Honors Scholars program at CSB and SJU transcends traditional academic models to create something extraordinary; the program creates purposeful, value-driven leaders who strive to make a difference in the world. CSB and SJU Honors Scholars pride themselves on their shared love of learning and they relish their exchanges of ideas and challenging questions. These exchanges go beyond the classroom walls to everyday life. The Honors Scholars program’s distinctive curriculum transforms knowledge into action – leading to social justice through change. Students participate in community-based research in partnership with Honors faculty fellows. By helping them discover their unique gifts, we challenge students to make an impact on a global scale.

Is the program right for you?

The CSB and SJU Honors Scholars is designed for academically high-achieving students who:

  • Enjoy a wide range of intellectual interests
  • Are self-motivated and want to put their theoretical learning into practice
  • Desire personal growth through meaningful reflection
  • Value community and working together toward a shared purpose
  • Are willing to step outside of their comfort zone, challenge assumptions and take collaborative action for the common good

Why join the Honors Scholars program?

  • Priority course registration
  • A brand-new Honors Hub opening in 2023
  • A fall pinning ceremony
  • Courses with experiential learning built in
  • Acknowledgement of the completion of All College Honors on your transcript
  • Special recognition at graduation along with a distinctive cord
  • All courses fulfill Integrations Curriculum requirements for graduation
  • Team-taught courses fulfill two Ways of Thinking

A Distinctive Curriculum

The curriculum includes a set of five Honors courses connected by the theme “community.” Through these interdisciplinary courses, students will learn to apply concepts, methods, theories, and skills to complex social issues. The four-year program involves undergraduate research, experiential learning and developing proposals and strategies for enhancing the common good of the community.

Honors program courses are created to fit within the framework of the CSB and SJU Integrations Curriculum.


Community-Based Research

Community-based Research takes place in community settings and involves community members in the design and implementation of research projects. 

Principles of Community-Based Research:
  • CBR is a collaborative enterprise between researchers (professors and/or students) and community members. It engages faculty, students and staff with diverse partners and community members.
  • The goal of CBR is to achieve social justice through social action and social change.
  • CBR validates multiple sources of knowledge and promotes the use of multiple methods of discovery.
  • In most forms, CBR is also participative (change is easier to achieve when those affected by the change are involved) and it’s qualitative.

Life of an Honors Student

Meet our current scholars.


Let’s Connect

Contact Dr. Beth Wengler, program director, to learn more.

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See our five Honors courses connected by the theme “Community.”

Honors Curriculum


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CSB and SJU’s Honors Scholars for Community and Collaborative Leadership has been supported by a Humanities Connections Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Beth Wengler
Director, Honors Scholars
Professor of History
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Dr. Emily Esch
Associate Director, Honors Scholars
Professor of Philosophy
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