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.


Tommie Spotlight: Aquinas Scholar Amanda Maricle-Roberts


Tommie Spotlight: Aquinas Scholar Erin Statz



Scholars Journal, 1-3 points

At the end of this semester we will be putting out the Scholars Journal and would love for you to be a part of it! Do you have a project, research, or something that you did in class that you are proud of and willing to share? If you do, and would be willing to have it written about in the journal, please submit a detailed description by Friday, November 7th. All submissions will receive 1 point and chosen submissions for the journal will receive 3 points.

Please send submissions to Kristyn Jaeger at jaeg0493@stthomas.edu.


UST Fall Community Clean-Up, 2 points

Sunday, November 9, 11:45 AM - 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: St. John Vianney Seminary, next to the Ireland dormitory

It's that time of year when the leaves start to fall, which means someone's going to have to rake them! The Aquinas Program will be doing the UST Fall Community Clean Up as another service event. We will most likely get done a bit earlier, around 2-2:30 PM, depending on how many people show up. Registration will begin at noon. Rakes, disposable bags, and work gloves will be provided. We'll meet in front of the St. John Vianney Seminary, next to the Ireland dorm.

This is a great way to get connected with the community, meet more scholars, and enjoy the outdoors before the brutal winter comes! This event is worth 1 point, but you MUST do it with the group of scholars and not with another group to earn the point.

Please RSVP to Connor Theisen (thei8543@stthomas.edu) before 11:00 PM on October 30th.


Scholars Shelter Clean-Up Event

It's that time again for another fun service event! We're hoping to do a large group event this time. Our plan is to do a clean-up event at a shelter next to the Dorothy Day Center.

We have yet to set a date, but we're planning on mid-November. We are asking for those who are interested in participating in this event to make sure we can have a big enough group to help out. We estimate this event will be about 2.5 to 3 hours, but we're not entirely sure. If you also have a preference for either weekday evening or early Saturday, please let us know.

Most importantly, the people at Catholic Charities, especially the Dorothy Day Center, are so eager and excited that they are to have a big group come in and help them out! So please RSVP.

Please RSVP to Connor Theisen (thei8543@stthomas.edu) if you are interested in doing this type of event.


Essay Contest Opportunity

DUE: November 20, 2014

The UST German Program & German Club announce a campus-wide essay contest on the theme of The Fall of the Wall. The contest is sponsored by the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. Germany has a unique European history divided for 40 years. This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall and the German re-unification. The possible essay topics cover a wide range and can be on any topic (Art History, Philosophy, Theology, Social Justice, Economics, Science, Engineering, Media, Film, Music, etc.) in the historical context of the fall of the wall and the German re-unification. Please see the attached document for more details.

The winner of the essay contest will receive an iPad, national recognition, and possible publication of the essay in a German political magazine; runner-ups will receive cash prizes.

The essay along with the submission form must be submitted via e-mail no later than 5:00 PM, November 20, 2014 to smwagner@stthomas.edu

Fall of the Wall Essay Contest Form

Notification: The winners will be notified at the beginning of December.

The essays will be judged on the quality of writing, persuasiveness of argument, clarity of key points, and overall coherence. You may write in English or German.


Aquinas Scholars Faculty Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 9, 12:00 Noon

Location: JRC 222