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Associate in Arts Honors Degree

Program Name
Honors - Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Program Description
The Honors Associate of Arts program is for high-achieving students intending to transfer to a four year college or university.  Of the 60 credits required for the AA degree, 12 will be designated ‘Honors’ core credits. The honors classes will be rigorous, limited in size, and characterized by a high level of intellectual engagement – coursework will emphasize inquiry, investigation, and analysis.  In addition, students will receive leadership training, participate in a service learning activity, and be encouraged to join and participate in the Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honors Society.

Students who score 100 or more on the Reading Accuplacer or have obtained a 24+ composite score on the ACT and have a 3.25 GPA are invited to participate in the Associate in Arts Honors Program. To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA.

Those meeting the eligibility standards must complete the application form found on the Central Lakes College website and submit an essay.  Applicants completing these steps will be admitted to the program on a first come/first serve basis.  The annual cohort limit for the program is 24 students.

Special Program Requirements
CCST 2512: Honors Leadership Development is required - enrolling in this course during a student’s sophomore year is recommended. CCST 2510, the one credit service learning component, may be linked to an existing course or independent study.

Career Directions
Lawyer, Engineer, Doctor, Teacher, Politician, International Studies, Graduate Study, Theater Director, Non-profit Executive Director, Entrepreneur…..

Transfer Opportunities
Central Lakes College is exploring articulation agreements with area university honors programs to allow for transfer upon graduation into their honors programs with advanced standing. An Associate in Arts degree earned at Central Lakes College is recommended as the transfer degree that enables a student to transfer to a Minnesota four-year college or university. Through special agreements, the A.A. degree, in most cases, allows a student to continue with a "junior status" at the selected state university. Included in the Honors A.A. degree is the Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum which contains the minimum number of credits (40) needed to complete general education requirements at all public colleges and universities in the State of Minnesota.

For more information contact

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218-894-5100 or 800-247-6836


Department Course Offerings
CCST  2510 Honors Service Learning (1cr) 
CCST  2512 Honors Leadership Development (3cr)
ENGL  1421 Honors Composition II: Public & Prof. Writing (4cr)
ENGL  1460 Honors Literature: The Great Books (3cr)
ESCI   1455 Honors Earth Science and the Environment (4cr)
GEOG 1460 Honors Cultural Geography (3cr)
HIST   1475 Honors U.S. History 1865 to Present (3cr)
MATH 1461 Honors Introduction to Statistics (4cr)
PHIL   2421 Honors Ethics (3cr)
PSYC  2423 Honors General Psychology (4cr)
SOCL 1403 Honors Introduction to Sociology (3cr)
THTR 1483 Honors The Theatre Experience (3cr)





Last Updated: 4/2/13