Liberal Arts/Transfer A.A. – Honors Program

Explore. Aspire. Lead.

Description

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.

Eligibility

  • To register for Honors courses, you must have:
  • Reading Accuplacer score of 100 or more, or
  • Permission from the Honors course instructor or course instructor

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.

Benefits

  • 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

2018-2020 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 2018

CCST 1535: Honors Leadership Development

COMM 2422: Honors Intercultural Communication (online)

ENGL 1420: Honors Composition I

GLST 1420: Honors Global Studies: Nobel Conference Experience **

MATH 1480: Honors Calculus I *

SOCL 1403: Honors Introduction to Sociology

*Honors course runs concurrently with non-honors section

** A course fee is attached to help cover the cost of field trips

Spring 2019

ENGL 1421: Honors Composition II

ENGL 1460: Honors Literature: The Great Books

MATH 1461: Honors Introduction to Statistics *

PHED 1597 Honors Fitness for Life

PHIL 2421: Honors Ethics

ESCI 1455: Honors Earth Science and the Environment (online)

*Honors course runs concurrently with non-honors section

Fall 2019

CCST 1535: Honors Leadership Development

COMM 1422: Honors Interpersonal Communication (online)

ENGL 1420: Honors Composition I

GLST 1420: Honors Global Studies: Nobel Conference Experience **

MATH 1480: Honors Calculus I *

PHIL 1422 Honors Critical Thinking*

THTR 1483: Honors Theatre Experience**

*Honors course runs concurrently with non-honors section

** A course fee is attached to help cover the cost of field trips

Spring 2020

ENGL 1421: Honors Composition II

ENGL 1460: Honors Literature: The Great Books

HIST 1475: Honors U.S. History 1865 to Present *

MATH 1461: Honors Introduction to Statistics *

PSYC 2423: Honors General Psychology (online)

*Honors course runs concurrently with non-honors section

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 askclc@clcmn.edu or via phone at (218) 855-8031

For information about the Honors Program or specific courses, contact the Honors Program Coordinator via email at honors@clcmn.edu

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Contact Information

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

For information about the Honors Program or specific courses, contact the Honors Program Coordinator via email at honors@clcmn.edu

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Instructors

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Robert Brekken

History Instructor
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Robert Brekken

History Instructor

History Instructor at CLC since 2004.
Attended CLC B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead , MN.
M.A. University of Minnesota
Doctoral Studies, University of Minnesota
Honors Program Coordinator, 2011-2013
Member of the Organization of American Historians
Local speaker on historical topics.

Enjoys outdoor silent sports: running, biking, skiing and kayaking In addition to a passion for history, has been a retail business owner since 1981

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Leane Flynn

English Instructor
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Leane Flynn

English Instructor

Leane Flynn earned an M.A. in English from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a B.A. in English with a minor in music from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her professional interests include creative nonfiction, college writing, and mothering studies. In addition to teaching, Leane enjoys spending quality time with family, running 5K races, reading, writing, playing music, volunteering, biking on the Cuyuna Lakes Trail, and gardening.

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Scott Foster

Sociology Instructor
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Scott Foster

Sociology Instructor

Scott Foster is a passionate and dedicated instructor who has been teaching sociology courses for over 20 years. Scott’s dedication to the discipline was rewarded through his election as President of the Sociologists of Minnesota. Scott teaches a wide array courses in sociology that reflect his interests in social justice, race and ethnicity, sex and gender, and domestic violence. Scott was a founding member and Chairperson of the Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission and led a local Hate and Bias Crimes Network initiative.

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Kari Frisch

Speech Instructor
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Kari Frisch

Speech Instructor

Kari Frisch is a full-time online Speech Communication Instructor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. She was hired in 2001 and quickly became one of the first instructors to teach online at the campus. She has been highly involved in online development ever since. She developed a peer-review process, ran the school’s Center for Teaching & Learning, currently chairs the Online Instruction & Technology Committee, chairs the CLC Quality Matters Planning & Process Task Force, and is certified as a national QM reviewer. Kari also travels around the U.S a few times each year to give presentations on eLearning. She’s also done some webinars on online retention. For the last 4 years she has served on the Steering Committee for Desire2Learn’s International Fusion Conference. In 2009 she was awarded the Minnesota State Colleges and University Outstanding Educator Award.

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Michael Hopps

Geography Instructor
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Michael Hopps

Geography Instructor

I’m Michael Hopps, CLC Geography instructor and I have always loved maps and travel. I spent a junior semester in college studying in London and hitchhiked around Europe. This made me feel confident that I could go anywhere and enjoy it. I have backpacked around Central and South America, taught English in China and traveled in Asia and Africa just to see what people are up to in other parts of the world. I have a BA in English from Hamline University and an MA in Geography from Syracuse University. Cultures and the world’s regions and physical environments interest me as do the maps that can show all those things and more.

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Jeff Johnson

English Instructor
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Jeff Johnson

English Instructor

Jeff Johnson studied English, history and education at St. John’s University, and his M.A. in English is from St. Cloud State University. He has been teaching English in central Minnesota for nearly 30 years. At CLC, Jeff teaches courses in composition and literature, works as a College in the Schools Collaborator, and also works for the MnSCU Center for College Readiness. Jeff directs Verse Like Water—the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College, which is funded by grants from Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Charles Simic, Billy Collins, and Robert Hass are among recent poets hosted. Jeff is passionate about the teaching life, and he is also happy when he is in his rural peat bog with his wife and teenage sons.

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Sarah Kath

Philosophy Instructor
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Sarah Kath

Philosophy Instructor

As a faculty member at Central Lakes College (CLC) since 2009, I have taught the following fascinating courses in Philosophy: World Religions, Philosophy and Popular Culture, Immortality and the Afterlife, Critical Thinking, Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Contemporary Moral Problems. I received my B.A. from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) 2005, and my M.A. at SCSU in 2010. I taught briefly in the English Dept. at SCSU before taking a job as a paralegal in the Brainerd Lakes Area. In 2009 I was (gently) initiated into the CLC campus life, shortly after was (not so gently) initiated into parenthood when my partner and I had our first child. In 2012 I was honored to receive the CLC Faculty Member of the Year Award, as voted upon by the CLC student body. While at CLC I have continued to be active in campus life; I participate in various CLC faculty committees and serve(d) as the advisor for the CLC Equality Coalition student club. I thoroughly enjoy philosophizing, no matter the subject, on such questions as: Should I lie to an inquiring murderer? Is Walt from the TV series “Breaking Bad” a truly authentic individual? Is ignorance bliss? Does God exist? Does evil exist? Is there a best way to live? Do we have free will? Is it all just a matter of opinion? Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound? Is there a soul or an afterlife? My students have joked about the way my eyes light up when a good argument starts. It is exciting for me to watch students develop as critical thinkers, and it gives me hope to know that there are a few more thoughtful people going out into the world.

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David Kobilka

Earth Science Instructor
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David Kobilka

Earth Science Instructor

MS Oceanography, Texas A&M University. BS Geology, Bemidji State University. Coastal Slope Geohazard Sedimentologist USGS and BP. Academic interests include experiential learning with science and travel-study.

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Brandy Lindquist

English Instructor
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Brandy Lindquist

English Instructor

Brandy Hoffmann taught in the Writing Studies Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth for nine years before joining the English department at CLC. She is dedicated to helping students overcome obstacles to writing effectively – fear, procrastination, writer’s block – and she asks her students to think of themselves as powerful contributors through their reading and writing practices. She likes old books, poetry, vinyl records, live music, community radio, children’s literature, lakes, and hanging out with her twin daughters and husband. She received an M.A. in English from UMD.

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Adam Marcotte

Adam Marcotte

English Instructor
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Adam Marcotte

English Instructor

Adam Marcotte earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in English Literature from the State University of New York. His first year teaching was in 1993 and he has been teaching primarily Composition I and Composition II at Central Lakes College since 2010. He specializes in making the academic writing process and research writing process plain, inspirational, and fun for all students. Additionally, Adam believes that education is the most powerful, transformative “boot-strapping” activity for individuals and communities, and values the role language arts in particular and education overall can play in personal capacity building.

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Anne Nelson-Fisher

Math Instructor
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Anne Nelson-Fisher

Math Instructor

I earned my B.A. in mathematics at the College of St. Benedict and my M.S. in math at the University of Iowa. I began teaching at Central Lakes College in the fall of 1998 and I have taught most of the courses offered in the CLC math curriculum. I am currently the President of the Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, gardening, bicycling, and canoeing.

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Jane Peterson

Volleyball Coach
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Jane Peterson

Volleyball Coach

Jane is one of the winningest active coaches in the NJCAA (536-229). Her 2013 team finished with a 29-3 record. In 2012 she was inducted into the NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame, after finishing the season with another Northern Division Championship and her 500th career win. Jane’s teams have won 12 division championships, 6 state/conference championships, 10 region/district championships, and 3 national championships. She has coached an All American 21 times. Jane was awarded National Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, and 2007 when her Raider teams captured national championships! She was the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Region coach of the year in 2007 and 2013 and the Two year College Coach of the Year in 2007.

Jane grew up playing volleyball in La Jolla, Calif. She attend the College of William and Mary on a Division I scholarship. At William and Mary she was the team and conference MVP. She was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. She completed a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from St Cloud State University where she was a graduate assistant and assistant coach. She has previously served as the Raiders softball coach and athletic director.

Jane continues to contribute to the sport that is her passion by directing a junior Olympic volleyball club, running and coaching at numerous volleyball camps and clinics, and by being a featured speaker at the Minnesota State High School Volleyball Coaches Clinic. She has also recently assisted with the Under Armour High School All American game conducted at the NCAA Division I National Championship. She serves as the president of the volleyball standing committee of the MCAC and on the two year coaches committee of the AVCA.

Jane currently teaches physical education classes in addition to her coaching duties. She has recently completed a 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher Training allowing her to offer three different yoga courses on campus. She also enjoys teaching Aerobic Conditioning, Strength Training for Women, and Theory of Coaching. She has two sons, Kevin and Blake. Jane and her husband, Keith, reside in Baxter.

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Karen Pikula

Psychology Instructor Online
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Karen Pikula

Psychology Instructor Online

Karen Pikula teaches online, hybrid, and face to face courses at Central Lakes College. Her goal as an instructor is ensure student success while cultivating a comfortable, safe and challenging learning environment for her students. She began her college career here at Central Lakes College. She went on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Bemidji State University, and then earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from Capella University. She is very interested in saving students money and is actively engaged in helping faculty adopt Open Educational Resources, (Free Textbooks). She also serves as the OER Coordinator at Minnesota State. She hopes to see you in a psychology class soon!

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Kate Porter

English Instructor
218-855-8000 ext. 8339
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Kate Porter

English Instructor

Kate Porter is an English Instructor who earned a B.A. in English education and an M.A. in English from the University of North Dakota. She enjoys teaching Composition I and II, Business and Technical Writing, American Literature, and courses geared toward English language learners. Her hobbies include drinking coffee, reading, working out, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Pam Pruitt

Earth Science/Math Instructor
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Pam Pruitt

Earth Science/Math Instructor

I have a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan. In addition, I have taken graduate classes from St. Cloud State and Bemidji State. I have been teaching math and earth science at Central Lakes College since 1986. I love to travel, hike, snowshoe, and read science fiction every chance I get!

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Patrick Spradlin

Theatre Director / Producer
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Patrick Spradlin

Theatre Director / Producer

Patrick Spradlin has been a theatre director and instructor at CLC since 1992. Prior work includes professional, community, and academic theatre in Chicago and surrounding area and southwestern Michigan. He teaches performance classes in acting and directing and courses in history and criticism. Patrick holds an MA in speech communication and MFA in acting from Northern Illinois University.

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