Academic and Conduct

Academic Requirements

To graduate from the Honors Program, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Honors 101 (HONR 101)

  • Honors Sections of Philosophy (PHIL 120) and Honors Theology (THRS 117)

  • Six honors classes (including HONR 101/PHIL 120/THRS 117) or five honors classes + study abroad/Washington semester/student-teaching abroad

  • Honors students must have a GPA of 3.5 at the end of their senior year to become graduates of the Honors Program

Honors students may substitute Honors Tutorials, a semester of study abroad, student teaching abroad, or the Washington Semester for up to two semesters of Honors courses.

Conduct Expectations

Ethical Behavior

The mission of the St. Norbert College Honors Program is deeply grounded in Norbertine values and traditions, one of which is the Norbertine ideal of communio:


As an academic institution, our community is rooted in the Norbertine ideal of communio, which is characterized by mutual esteem, trust, sincerity, faith and responsibility. Communio is lived through open dialogue, communication, consultation and collaboration.

Honors students should strive to embody this ideal. Therefore, if a student is found responsible of violating a College conduct policy as described in The Citizen: The Code of Student Life for St. Norbert College ( the Director of the Honors Program will be notified immediately. The Director will review the details of the case to determine if the violation warrants dismissal from the Honors Program. Violations that warrant serious and immediate attention include: willful destruction of property, acts of physical violence, and emotional/mental abuse such as intimidation, bullying, or harassment.

Good Standing Policy

Honors students in good standing are those making steady progress in fulfilling Honors course requirements and College requirements. There are various ways to fulfill the Honors Program course requirements, but in general, a student will complete Honors 101, Honors Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 120-HP), and Honors Theological Foundations (THRS 117-HP) during their first four semesters at the College, and will have taken six honors courses at the completion of their senior year.


Honors students must be in good standing to retain priority registration.



Starting in their third semester, student GPAs will be reviewed every semester for probationary status. Students with a GPA of 3.0 or below will be given notice that they are on probation with the Honors Program.


During this probationary period, students will not receive priority registration.


If, after two semesters, the student's GPA has not recovered (i.e., is still at or below 3.0), the student will be removed from the Honors Program.


In the summer immediately prior to a student's senior/final year, his/her GPA and Program requirement status will be examined as part of the Program's ongoing "graduation check" policy.


Credit/Course Progress

If a student has not completed the equivalent of at least THREE Honors courses by the end of their fourth semester at the College, if he/she has been placed on College credit probation (, or if it is mathematically impossible to reach a cumulative GPA of 3.5 by graduation, he/she will no longer be an “active” member of the Honors Program and priority registration will be removed.


Academic Integrity

Honors students are expected to model academic integrity as well as excellence. If an Honors student is found guilty of academic dishonesty, the Director will be notified immediately, and the student will be automatically removed from the Honors Program.

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