Aquinas Honors Scholars Program

The Aquinas Scholars Honors Program is the undergraduate honors program. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for motivated and curious students to deepen and enrich their undergraduate education.

Aquinas Scholars take a minimum of four honors sections of core curriculum courses. (Students admitted to the program with 45 or more credits completed take only three sections.) Limited to 20 students, the honors sections emphasize depth and encourage discussion.

Aquinas Scholars are also required to complete a minimum of three interdisciplinary honors seminars (on the standard grading system), which bring together instructors from two different departments and students from a variety of disciplines to approach a topic of intellectual interest. This seminar format provides students the opportunity to situate themselves within a broader intellectual community at a time when much of their other coursework is engaging them on a more focused level. Aquinas Scholars are not charged tuition for the honors seminars.

The Aquinas Scholars Honors Program also sponsors a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities. All St. Thomas undergraduate students are eligible to apply to the program. Continuing and transfer students must have at least a 3.60 grade point average. Students need to apply to the program early enough to complete the course requirements.

For further information, contact Dr.Stephen J. Laumakis, Director of the Honors Program ( or Erica Berglund, Administrative Assistant for the Program (

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