Programs & Majors
Honors Program Coordinator
Location: FA 153
Stanley H. Rothrock, II
Honors Program Coordinator
Location: FA 176
The Honors Program
The Inver Hills Honors Program is the only comprehensive honors program at a community college in Minnesota. This unique associate degree includes 22 credits of Honors courses, participation in regular Honors Colloquia, and an individualized Honors Capstone Project. Upon degree completion, your transcript and diploma will indicate “with Honors.” All courses fulfill the MN Transfer Curriculum agreement. The Honors Program is recommended for students with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher.
How to Participate
- In the first semester of the Honors Program, you should register for the Honors Research and Writing Learning Community (see Course Offerings), plus one or two additional classes (Honors or non-Honors) of your choosing.
- In subsequent semesters, you should complete an additional 15 credits of Honors coursework. Each semester, 10-12 Honors courses that meet MnTC transfer requirements are offered in a variety of disciplines.
- After completing at least15 credits of Honors coursework, you must take HNRS 2000: Honors Capstone Project (1 cr), during which you will work on an individual project with a faculty member.
Honors courses are recommended for students with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher. These courses are designed for those wishing to have a more in-depth understanding of the course subject matter with a strong emphasis on critical thinking; progression through the learning cycle of research, creation, collaboration, and dissemination of ideas; and/or real-world/out-of-classroom experiences.
In addition to meeting at the regularly scheduled class times, if you are registered for one or more Honors courses, you must attend Honors Colloquia on Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. At the colloquia, you will meet as a cohort or in small groups to participate in collaborative activities, discuss research and projects, and hear guest speakers.
You don’t need to be a part of the Honors Program to take an Honors course. Students currently taking Honors courses tell us that these are the things they like most:
- Transfer “with Honors” from Inver Hills to a four-year college
- Intellectual exchange amongst all Honors students and faculty at the twice-monthly colloquia
- Collaboration with, and accessibility to, Honors professors
Honors Contract Courses
You may take one course outside of the designated requirements using the Honors Contract, provided that:
- the course is not traditionally offered as an Honors section
- the professor teaching the course is willing to teach the course as Honors
- the Honors Advisory Committee approves the endeavor
However, you are generally encouraged to simply register for Honors sections of courses to complete the program. To count toward the 22 Honors Program credits, if you take a course via the Honors Contract, you must also attend the Honors Colloquia every Thursday at 2 p.m.
Benefits to Participating in the Honors Program
- Access to Scholarship Funds: You are more likely to receive scholarship funds at Inver Hills and at other institutions to which you may wish to transfer.
- Convenient and Affordable Course Offerings: Each semester, a wide variety of Honors courses, fulfilling an array of MnTC goals, are offered.
- Direct Contact with Faculty: You’ll work more directly and individually with faculty, particularly when working on the Honors Capstone Project, providing you valuable first-hand academic experiences that may include community based learning, publications, exhibitions, performances, presentations, research, etc.
- Transfer to Other Honors Programs: If you graduate with the Inver Hills Honors Program completed, you may have the opportunity to transfer directly to honors programs at designated transfer institutions.
- Honors Colloquia: As a student taking an Honors course, you are required to attend the Honors Colloquia on Thursdays at p.m. These colloquia will feature guest speakers, discussions, special common topics, interdisciplinary presentations, field trips/experiences, and other special events.