Welcome to the Aquinas Scholars Page

The Aquinas Scholars Honors Program is the undergraduate honors program of the University of St. Thomas. The program is designed to enrich the educational experience of the school's most talented and dedicated students through intellectually challenging courses and a variety of cultural and social experiences. 

Honors classes provide students with a unique and intimate learning environment. They are based on active learning, with opportunities to explore provocative subjects in new and exciting ways. Aquinas Scholars usually take 22 of the 132 credits required for graduation in honors classes, which consist of honors "sections" (general education courses taken by all students but distinguished as "honors" by smaller class size, outstanding faculty, and an increased emphasis on discussion and in-depth examination of topics) and honors "seminars" (2-credit, team-taught, interdisciplinary courses that focus on creative and experimental topics).  Although the number of credits students take in honors courses is not large, honors students often say that these courses are the most stimulating and significant educational experiences of their college careers.

One can combine a major in any academic discipline (both liberal arts and professional) with honors education. Anyone interested in the honors program should go to the "about" page in the menu on the top of this page, or e-mail the Faculty Director of the honors program.


Pizza with a Prof, 2 points

Thursday, September 18, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: OSS LL18

Dr. Pawlowski from the Department of English will be speaking on the subject of "Women and Men at Odds in Conservation: A Study of Gendered Linguistic Features." Pizza and pop will be provided! This event is worth 2 points. We hope to see you there!


Dorothy Day House Service Event, 2 points

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

We will help with evening shelter preparations that involve laying out mats, passing out snacks to the people, and interacting with them.

This is a great way to truly help and interact with those who are in need in this society. The event can take up to only 10 volunteers, so RSVP for the event ASAP because it's first come first serve. RSVP to Connor Theisen (thei8543@stthomas.edu). This event is worth 2 points along with service hours being fulfilled.


New Aquinas Scholars Meeting

Thursday, September 25, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Location: Koch Commons

All new Scholars are encouraged to attend, as we will be talking about the Aquinas Scholars Honors Program requirements, introducing the student board members, and answering questions. For those of you who did not attend the New Scholars Retreat this past weekend, this will be a great way to get to know fellow new Scholars and nail down any questions you might have about the program. (Reminder: Each Scholar must obtain 5 points per semester, as well as complete the required honors sections and seminars for graduation.)

The student board will discuss the opportunity to become a New Scholar Rep for the student board. The studend board is looking for two new Scholars to shadow board members and attend bi-monthly student board meetings. This is an EXCELLENT way to get more involved with the program and be active on campus. It's also a great resume booster and provides a lot of good leadership and team building experience. The time requirement is very minimal - attend our bi-monthly meetings. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in learning more about, contact Maddie Saarela directly at saar7984@stthomas.edu or attend the New Scholars meeting next Thursday. After the meeting the student board members will accept formal submissions for those who are interested in applying for a New Scholar Rep position.


New Scholars Welcome Banquet

Thursday, October 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: ASC 365 - Rogge Room

Dr. Christopher Kachian, Department of Music and Aquinas Scholars Professor of the Year, will be the guest speaker. Please RSVP by Friday, September 26 at 12:00 PM to Connor Theisen (thei8543@stthomas.edu).


Feed My Starving Children, 1 point

Wednesday, October 8, 8:00 - 9:30 PM

RSVP ASAP to Callan Brown (brow4220@stthomas.edu). We will be leaving from Flynn turnaround at 7:30, so please arrive 5-10 minutes early. Drivers are needed. Please include in your RSVP if you can drive and how many people you can drive (including yourself).