Honors Academics

Challenge Yourself

Students in the R-MC Honors Program are offered unique intellectual opportunities in and outside of their coursework, all the while maintaining rigorous academic standards

Requirements for Completion of the Honors Program

A participant in the Honors Program must complete the following requirements in order to receive the Honors designation upon graduation: 

  • 3 Honors courses.Students are strongly encouraged to register for an Honors course in their incoming Fall semester, and to complete at least 2 of the 3 courses in their freshman or sophomore year. 
  • Complete HONR 300, a 3-hour Custom Learning Experience (collaborative student-designed, instructor-guided Problem Based Learning Experience culminating in an oral defense of the project).  This can be taken in the sophomore, junior, or senior year.
  • One Honors Enrichment Unit.This unit could take the form of:
    1. An independent study course;
    2. An Honors Contract in a regular course;
    3. A senior project course;
    4. The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program; or
    5. Another innovative experience, as approved by the Honors Director.
  • A yearly ePortfolio requirement containing student reflections on curricular/co-curricular engagement and vocational aspirations

 

Academic Standards to Be Met by Program Members 

To remain in the Program, an incoming freshman student must:

  1. Achieve a 3.25 GPA in the first year of college work, and maintain a 3.5 GPA thereafter.
  2. Earn at least a B- in each honors course taken. 
  3. Make satisfactory progress by maintaining registration in all required curricular aspects of the program including submission of end-of-year portfolios. 

To remain in the Program, a current or transfer student must:

  1. Maintain a 3.5 GPA.
  2. Earn at least a B- in each honors course taken. 
  3. Make satisfactory progress by maintaining registration in all required curricular aspects of the program including submission of end-of-year portfolios. 

Participants may withdraw from the Program at any time. 

A student may apply for readmission as long as they are able to complete Program requirements. Readmission requires a letter requesting reinstatement, attainment of the minimum quality point average required for remaining in the program, and approval by the Collegiate Honors Council.