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Honors Program

The Berkeley College Honors Program offers a highly selective, interdisciplinary, and seminar-based educational opportunity to a limited number of high-achieving students entering their first year and a limited number of high-achieving full-time or part-time Bachelor's degree-seeking students in the fall quarter of every academic year.

The Honors Program is a theme-based academic program of study designed to give students the opportunity to perform at a higher intellectual level than what is customarily demanded in coursework. The current theme is "Rediscovering New York City." Students complete 16 credits of liberal arts or free electives to meet program requirements.

Honors seminars are conducted by senior faculty teams chosen for their subject expertise, their ability to engage students in sustained discussions, and their use of innovative teaching methods and technology.

Honors learning communities participate in online seminars or meet in person on Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 5:00 pm at the New York City and Woodland Park campuses. Honors students also are involved in field trips, plenary sessions, co-curricular activities, and special events. All honors students must complete a minimum of five hours of community service.

Benefits of participating: 

  • Distinctive academic recognition as an "Honors Scholar" on diploma and transcript
  • Involvement in a learning community with other high-achieving students across the system
  • Limited enrollment facilitates active participation and close relationships with peers and faculty
  • Preparation for higher-level learning and challenges
  • Featured articles on honors students in The Honorable Mention newsletter
  • Serve the Berkeley College locations and community as a student leader and academic role model
  • Present an honors thesis or position paper or poster to the Berkeley community
  • Recognition at Honors Scholars Graduate Reception upon program conclusion
  • Earn an Honors Program cord to be worn at graduation
Freshman Students

Admissions Process for Fall Freshman Cohort

Every fall, Berkeley College invites freshmen to apply for admission to the Honors Program. Students are only admitted during the fall quarter. Students may apply online or through Admissions. Learning communities will meet at the New York City or Woodland Park locations on Fridays from 1:30 to 5:00 pm.

The Admissions Department will identify potential candidates for the Honors Program. Only incoming freshman students seeking Bachelor’s degrees will be considered. Students will be evaluated against a set of criteria, including, but not limited to a minimum high school GPA of 3.00. The minimum GPA requirement is waived for adult students.

Candidates will be asked to complete an application and submit attachments consisting of the following, but not limited to:

  • One writing sample or one written essay response to the topic provided in the application
  • Evidence of relevant past academic achievements
  • One letter of recommendation

The applications will be sent to the Honors Admissions Committee for consideration. No applications will be accepted after July 1. The admissions process is held from September to June.

The Honors Admissions Committee consists of three faculty members. Upon review of the student’s application, a personal interview may be requested. Students not admitted into the freshman cohort Honors Program will be placed on a waiting list and considered for the subsequent fall continuing student learning community enrolled in HON300.

Eligibility Criteria for Tuition Scholarship for Honors Freshmen

Freshman students that are accepted into the Honors Program are eligible to receive an Honors Tuition Scholarship. The scholarship amount will cover the balance of the student’s tuition, administrative, and technology fees after all federal and state grants, outside or institutional scholarships, VA benefits, and employer benefits have been applied. (Housing, books, supplies, and graduation fees are not included.)

To be eligible:

  • Students must meet all federal and state grant application deadlines when applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year and receive a valid Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR).

To remain eligible:

  • Students must attend full-time and remain consecutively enrolled each quarter in order to continue to receive the scholarship every academic year.
  • Students must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA in order to continue to receive the scholarship every academic year.

Honors Curriculum

HON105 Honors Freshmen English I - Fall Quarter

4 credits

Freshman honors students will be grouped into a cohort and placed into specifically designated sections of Honors Expository Writing – a course required of all Berkeley College students. 

HON106 Honors Freshmen English II - Winter Quarter

4 credits

Freshman honors students will be grouped into a cohort and placed into specifically designated sections of Honors Writing Through Literature – a course required of all Berkeley College students.

Prerequisite: HON105

HON110 Pre-Honors Seminar - Spring Quarter

4 credits

Introduces freshmen students to the Honors Program. Provides instruction in library research and the mechanics of writing a thesis paper. Satisfies a GEC100-level requirement.

Prerequisite: HON106 

HON300 Introductory Honors Seminar - Fall Quarter

4 credits

Introduces the Honors Program unifying theme, used to structure the work of the HON310, HON400, and HON410 seminars, and demonstrates how the theme may be studied from different viewpoints.

HON310 Honors Seminar - Winter Quarter

4 credits

Advanced interdisciplinary work on the special topic chosen for the program. Students work in small groups within the seminar dealing with issues from various points of view.

Prerequisite: HON300 

HON400 Advanced Honors Seminar - Spring Quarter

4 credits

Building on the work of the previous seminars, students will strive to construct theoretical paradigms to account for the issues studied. They will relate theoretical concerns to the work of their major field.

Prerequisite: HON310

HON410 Directed Research - Summer or Fall Quarter

4 credits

The final seminar in interdisciplinary honors is devoted to the development of the capstone research project. Special lectures, screenings, and trips enhance the work of the seminar. The program culminates in the presentation of the students’ research in written and oral form.

Corequisite: HON400

Continuing/Transfer Students

Admissions Process for Fall Continuing Cohort

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Continuing or transfer students seeking Bachelor's degrees
  • Students must have earned at least 48 but no more than 120 credits by the fall start of the program, and verify credit status with academic advisor
  • Students must be able to participate in learning communities at either the New York City or Woodland Park locations on Fridays from 1:30 to 5:00 pm or participate online. Beginning in fall 2015, learning communities will meet on Mondays from 6:00 to 9:30 pm.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.50 is required

Candidates will be asked to complete an application and submit attachments consisting of the following, but not limited to:

  • One written essay - the topic is provided in the application
  • Evidence of relevant past academic achievements
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter from your academic advisor verifying credit eligibility

The applications will be sent to the Honors Admissions Committee for consideration. No applications will be accepted after July 1 for fall start. The admissions process is held from September to June.

The Honors Admissions Committee consists of three faculty members. Upon review of the student’s application, a personal interview may be requested.

Honors Curriculum

HON300 Introductory Honors Seminar - Fall Quarter

4 credits

Introduces the Honors Program unifying theme, used to structure the work of the HON310, HON400, and HON410 seminars, and demonstrates how the theme may be studied from different viewpoints.

HON310 Honors Seminar - Winter Quarter

4 credits

Advanced interdisciplinary work on the special topic chosen for the program. Students work in small groups within the seminar dealing with issues from various points of view.

Prerequisite: HON300

HON400 Advanced Honors Seminar - Spring Quarter

4 credits

Building on the work of the previous seminars, students will strive to construct theoretical paradigms to account for the issues studied. They will relate theoretical concerns to the work of their major field.

Prerequisite: HON310

HON410 Directed Research - Summer or Fall Quarter

4 credits

The final seminar in interdisciplinary honors is devoted to the development of the capstone research project. Special lectures, screenings, and trips enhance the work of the seminar. The program culminates in the presentation of the students’ research in written and oral form.

Corequisite: HON400

Student Projects

Honors students complete a final written project and presentation involving independent research. Below are some examples of student research projects:

"Psychological Effects of School Place and Cyber Bullying," by Jennifer Gonzalez

"America's Increasingly High Incarceration Rates," by Anna Hamann

Goals

1. Attract and retain a diverse group of academically talented students.

2. Provide Honors students with interdisciplinary, challenging, and engaging Honors seminars.

3. Nurture and develop a Berkeley College Honors community.

Director

Berkeley College Honors Program Director Byron Hargrove Byron K. Hargrove, Ph.D.
Director, Honors Program
Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences
536 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-642-3888 ext. 1440
BKH@BerkeleyCollege.edu

 

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