Liberal Arts/Transfer A.A. – Honors Program

Explore. Aspire. Lead.


The Central Lakes College (CLC) Honors Program emphasizes inquiry, discourse, and application. Honors courses feature small, transformative, and seminar-style classes that embrace the content and feature close working relationships with expert instructors. Honors students explore, aspire, and lead in order to make positive change in the world around them.


To register for Honors courses, you must have:

  • High school GPA of at least 3.5, Reading Accuplacer score of 265, English ACT score of 24, or
  • Permission from the Honors course instructor or Honors Program Coordinator

There is no additional application, and the tuition rate for Honors courses stays the same.

There is no application or additional fees.

Honors Program Requirements

  • 12 credits of Honors courses, and
  • CCST 1535: Honors Leadership Development, and
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA

Students declare their intention for completing the Honors Program when they select their academic program and indicate it when they apply to graduate.


  • Dynamic learning opportunities which include attending national conferences, seeing live performances, and interfacing with college and community leaders.
  • Honors courses are labeled on college transcripts and indicate academic excellence to future employers, academic institutions, and/or scholarship committees.
  • Enhanced communication skills as a result of working with engaged peers, knowledgeable faculty, community partners, and institutional leaders.

Program Information

2020-2022 Schedule

You can find Honors courses under the discipline of each course (e.g. Honors Composition II will be under “English”) or by searching for “honors” as a keyword under the “Advanced Search” feature.

Fall 2020

CCST 1535: Honors Leadership Development

ENGL 1420: Honors Composition I

GLST 1421: Honors Global Studies: Nobel Conference Exp.

MATH 1480: Honors Calculus I

SOCL 1403: Honors Introduction to Sociology

PHIL 2421: Honors Ethics

Spring 2021

COMM 2422: Honors Intercultural Communication

ENGL 1421: Honors Composition II

ENGL 1460: Honors Literature: The Great Books

ESCI 1455: Honors Earth Science and the Environment

MATH 1461: Honors Introduction to Statistics

PHED 1597 Honors Fitness for Life

Fall 2021

CCST 1535: Honors Leadership Development

ENGL 1420: Honors Composition I

GLST 1421: Honors Global Studies: Nobel Conference Exp.

MATH 1480: Honors Calculus I

PHIL 1422 Honors Critical Thinking

THTR 1483: Honors Theatre Experience

Spring 2022

COMM 1422: Honors Interpersonal Communication

ENGL 1421: Honors Composition II

ENGL 1460: Honors Literature: The Great Books

GEOG 1460: Honors Cultural Geography

MATH 1461: Honors Introduction to Statistics

PSYC 2423: Honors General Psychology

Honors Program FAQ

Are Honors courses “harder?”
Honors courses share similar course goals to their non-Honors counterparts so much of the course content is the same and not “harder.” At the same time, Honors courses achieve these goals differently and may include out-of-class learning experiences, original source material, community engagement, and/or real-world leadership opportunities. Ultimately, Honors courses offer an engaging, innovative, and inspirational learning environment to students who are willing to challenge themselves.

How will Honors courses change my GPA?
Honors courses often result in a higher GPA as students are more likely to succeed when class sizes are small and they can work more closely with their instructors. Honors courses’ GPA is not weighted in any way, however, so a grade in an Honors course counts the same way as non-Honors courses.

Is there an application or application fee?
There is no application or fee for Honors courses or the Honors Program. Honors courses are open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements.

Are Honors courses more expensive than non-honors courses?
Honors courses share the same tuition rate as non-Honors courses, but a few may carry small fees to help offset the cost of the out-of-class learning experiences (see below).

What “out-of-class” learning experiences do students experience?
Currently, several Honors courses include out-of-class experiences. For example, Honors Economics students attend the national Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College; Honors Theatre students attend live shows in theaters throughout the state of Minnesota, many at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; Honors Literature students get to meet poets visiting the college for the Verse Like Water program; and Honors Leadership Development students work with community and college leaders on service learning projects.

How many Honors courses can I take?
Honors courses are scheduled so that they occur at different times and days, and there is no limit on how many you can take at one time. Additionally, many students exceed the minimum credits required by the program as they enjoy the learning environment.

Are there scholarships available?
Students taking Honors courses are eligible for scholarships through the CLC Foundation. Also, most students taking Honors courses are also eligible for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) membership, which has its own scholarships.

How does the Honors Program celebrate?
Every fall, in coordination with Phi Theta Kappa, the Honors Program hosts a Fall Reception where students, faculty, and administrators gather and share. In the spring students enrolled in Honors courses gather to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future at the Honors Program Final Session. Students who have completed the requirements are also awarded with the Honors Program Medallion at this time.  The medallion becomes an official part of students’ authorized commencement regalia.

Where should I start?
CCST 1535: Honors Leadership Development is a great place to begin, and it’s the only required course for the Honors Program. Honors Leadership Development also counts as a Student Success course requirement for students pursing an A.A. and offers students an early opportunity to develop their individual voice and grow their personal agency.

Contact Information

For more information about signing up for courses, contact an advisor or admission representative via email at or via phone at (218) 855-8031

For information about the Honors Program or specific courses, contact the Honors Program Coordinator via email at


Contact Information

For more information about signing up for courses, contact an advisor or admission representative via email at or via phone at (218) 855-8031

For information about the Honors Program or specific courses, contact the Honors Program Coordinator via email at



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Robert Brekken

History Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8190
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Leane Flynn

English Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8207
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Scott Foster

Sociology Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8193
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Kari Frisch

Communication Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8167
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Michael Hopps

Geography Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8173
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Jeff Johnson

English Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8102
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Sarah Kath

Philosophy Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8008
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David Kobilka

Earth Science Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8233
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Brandy Lindquist

English Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8103
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Adam Marcotte

English Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8271

Anne Nelson-Fisher

Math Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8000 ext. 8343

Jane Peterson

Volleyball Coach
Phone: 218-855-8210
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Karen Pikula

Psychology Instructor Online
Phone: 218-855-8174
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Kate Porter

English Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8000 ext. 8339
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Patrick Spradlin

Theatre Director / Producer
Phone: 218-855-8255

Student Testimonials


The Honors Program provided me with some of my best experiences at Central Lakes College. These classes go so much deeper than just education; they help to develop you as a person, driving you to become the best that you can be. The teachers truly care about their students and a community is built with the Honors faculty and students. Being a member of the Honors program helped to prepare me for further higher education, through pushing me to create in-depth research and care more deeply about my education.


After finishing the Honors Program at CLC I went on to Bemidji State University where I graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Now, I coach and play professional football in Germany. The CLC Honors Program helped me discover my potential in the world as a student, leader, and athlete as the passion and energy it encouraged was contagious.


The Central Lakes College Honors Program gave me encouragement, direction, and skills that helped me succeed in continuing my education and starting my professional career. The Honors Program instructors were always supportive and dedicated individual time for each student to ensure they felt encouraged. The curriculum was hands-on, intellectually challenging, and included academic courses and personal development courses—such as Honors Leadership. The skills I gained from the Honors Program were immense; time-management, communication, leadership, public speaking and so many more. The Honors Program instructors, curriculum, and Central Lakes College had a huge factor into my success at graduating with honors when I moved on to receive my Bachelor’s Degree, and recently in starting my professional career.


I was nervous when I registered for my first Honors course. At that point in time, I still had no idea what I was capable of achieving. We are blessed to have incredible instructors at Central Lakes College. They were the people who helped me gain the necessary confidence to develop my skills and succeed as a college student. I was challenged and engaged in critical thinking in every single honors course I took, and the service learning component of the program pushed me to become a leader.


The Honors Program was a community in which I was both encouraged to seek truth for its own sake—with seriousness and passion— and also given the tools to implement what I learned in real, concrete, and tangible ways. This not only created a culture of hope but also molded me into the kind of person that takes responsibility for cultivating goodness in the world, wherever I am. More profoundly, I found that by engaging my heart in learning I started to approach all of life as a student— humbled by and full of wonder at the splendidness of even simple, ordinary things. Naomi Ringhand Commencement Clip 2018


As we journey through our lives, many of us will encounter situations that will have a defined impact on the way that we aspire to influence and lead others. In my mind, the Honors Program is an excellent example of one of these opportunities. When I was first offered a chance to enroll in the Honors Program, I initially questioned whether or not I was fully prepared to take on the challenge. However, I decided to join and, as a result, I learned many important skills that still continue to benefit me at my current university. In regard to the choice to pursue higher education, enrolling as a member of the Honors Program will be counted as one of the most influential learning experiences of my life.

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