The Honors Program is expressly designed to provide an alternative mode of education within the structure of the liberal arts curriculum. While the target audience of the Honors Program is the motivated academic achiever, regardless of her area of concentration, the Honors Program affects the wider audience of the School of Arts & Sciences through innovative curriculum, experimental teaching methods, rotating faculty, and co-curricular programming.
Goals: The Program seeks to foster in Honors students:
- high level of academic and scholarly achievement
- excellence in critical writing, thinking and speaking skills
- independence and initiative in pursuit of a liberal arts education
- appreciation of the value of intellectual community
- leadership ability
Methods: The Program offers its members challenging learning options:
- independent study and research through Honors contract work and seminars
- interdisciplinary study at higher cognitive levels through Honors seminars, the Junior Colloquium and Senior Symposium
- field experiences through seminars, internships, and co-curricular activity
- leadership through participation on the Honors Board, Honors committees, mentoring and teaching assistant programs
- wider intellectual community through collaboration with departments and programs
Admission to the Honors Program
Incoming freshmen with high school records of distinguished academic achievement are invited into the Program upon application. Enrolled students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative index may apply for admission any time after they complete a full semester of courses at The College of New Rochelle.
After the first year, Honors students may contract for Honors work during the summer and winter recesses and in conjunction with Study Abroad or Visiting Student Programs. They may overpoint during the semester beyond the normal 15 credits without an extra fee for up to 12 credits over the 120 credits required for the degree. They also receive close individual and group academic advisement to help set and achieve their educational goals.
Because of the possibilities for acceleration within the Honors Program, it is possible to graduate in three or three and a half years. Although it is not the primary function of the Honors Program to hasten the educative process, it may be helpful to students committed to a five-year pre-professional program to complete their liberal arts degree early.
Honors students have developed academic internships at a variety of sites - the United Nations, the Bronx Psychiatric Hospital for Children, the Museum of the American Indian, the Westchester Historical Society, New York City art galleries, Time Warner, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural History, law firms, courts, and national and local political offices in Washington, New York City, and New Rochelle.
The Program allows students to integrate the academic, social and co-curricular spheres of college life by serving as class representatives to the Honors board or serving on any of the committees that develop activities and facilitate communication, including the Honors magazine Femmes D’Esprits. Because the Honors Program is an institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council on both the regional and national levels, Honors students may participate actively in those organizations by attending annual conferences, giving workshops, writing for newsletters, and serving on committees.
The Honors Center, located on the third floor of Leland Castle, is intended to be a lounge, meeting room, and classroom. It houses books, journals, a video and DVD monitor and a computer station for the use of Honors students. It is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the academic year. Honors students also have access to a private study lounge and a private computer room in the Honors wing of the college residence halls.
The Honors Program maintains a web site that provides further information on its curriculum and activities: http://departments.cnr.edu/honors/
Honors seminars are specially designed non-major courses that are interdisciplinary in nature. Presuming no prior expertise in the subject or methodology, Honors seminars create a highly interactive student and faculty environment around challenging assignments and complex issues. Seminars also are open to any student above the freshman level who has at least a 3.5 cumulative index, on a space-available basis. Seminars have a maximum class size of 15 students, so as to provide a climate for rich intellectual exchange. In addition to the core seminars described below, specially designed seminars are offered each semester, scheduled by student request and faculty availability. Past topics have included: Genetics and Identity, Philosophy of Law, Discourses of Slavery, Globalization and the Media, Psychology and Ethics, and December in America.
Honors Contract Work
After the first year, the Honors Contract enables an Honors student to work closely with a faculty mentor to create an interdisciplinary research project of interest to her.
Honors credits may be earned in any traditional course or seminar for which the Honors student contracts an Honors project over and above the course requirements. The approved Honors project may be awarded up to four credits above the credits for the course or seminar; the H-option allows the student to convert course credits into Honors credits. Independent studies and academic internships may also be undertaken for up to a maximum of six Honors credits.
Students who complete Honors Contract work present the results of their research at the annual Honors Program Conference Day, which is held in April and to which all members of the College community are invited.
Honors students may enroll in national Honors Semesters sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council. Examples of past semesters that Honors students have attended are: The Washington Semester, The United Nations Semester, The Appalachia Culture Semester, The Grand Canyon Semester, and The New York City Honors Semester, which was co-sponsored by and located at The College of New Rochelle in Fall ‘96.