Where Ideas Are Transformed Into Action

You Earned It

As a program for community and collaborative leadership, the Honors Scholars program at CSB+SJU transcends traditional models to create something truly extraordinary. The program creates purposeful, value-driven leaders who strive to make a difference in the world. CSB+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. 

Students engage in field testing on lake Sagatagan for their Biology Lab project.
Students engage in cheerful conversation while walking to through Alcuin Library.

A Well Rounded Curriculum

The coursework includes five Honors classes connected by the theme “community.” Through these interdisciplinary courses, you’ll learn how 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 community’s common good.

The final two courses are designed around a student-led research project developed with community partners, like the Stearns Historical Museum, the Great River Regional Library, the Boys and Girls Club, Ana Marie’s Alliance, and Habitat for Humanity.

Your Benefits

  • Priority course registration
  • Acess to the Honors Hub
  • 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
Scholars unite in a thorough brainstorming session, jotting down creative proposals on the whiteboard.

Contact Honors Scholars

Dr. Beth Wengler
Director, Honors Scholars
Professor of History
CSB Richarda N7

Dr. Emily Esch
Associate Director, Honors Scholars
Professor of Philosophy
SJU Quad 362G


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.