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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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First-Year Students: During their first year in the Honors Program, students begin to explore their ideas of leadership by enrolling in Honors First Year Experience (Honors FYEX 100) or Introduction to Honors (HONR 201). Either course serves as a foundation for the Honors Program.  The courses introduce students to various leadership styles and allow reflection on personal leadership abilities.  Outside of class, first-year honors students often join campus clubs that relate to their majors or personal interests. They lead book discussions for the university’s Common Read, or they participate in a service project to give back to the community, such as the an annual honors food drive for the ECHO Food Shelf.

Sophomores: Honors students continue to reflect on their own leadership abilities and styles of the leaders with whom they work.  Students search for opportunities to deepen their involvement in campus and community organizations. For example, students could run for office to obtain a leadership position with a club or organization that they have already had experience with.  Other examples include applying for a Learning Community Coordinator (LCC) or  Community Advisor (CA) position for on-campus housing, tutoring students on campus or at the Lincoln Community Center , volunteering through the brother/sister program at the YMCA, or working with the Resident Hall Association to represent students living on campus.

Juniors and Seniors: During their last two years on campus, Honors students can continue to apply for LCC or CA positions, and become more deeply involved with campus clubs and organizations. Many students choose to practice their leadership skills by becoming involved with the Honors Student Council, where they work with faculty to govern the Honors Program. Other students choose to help lead younger students, by becoming an Orientation Peer Assistant (OPA) or by enrolling in HONR 401: Developing Your Mentor Philosophy, to become an Honors Mentor. Some honors students get involved with Student Government, or they become a Student Ambassador and give campus tours to prospective students.  Students can even run for a position on the board of directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council. By the time they complete the program, honors students will be able to articulate a leadership philosophy based on personal reflection of their own skills and the leadership styles of others, and have significant practice working in a team environment that is committed to achieving various goals.


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