Honors Program

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

The Honors Program is a rigorous educational opportunity offered to a learning community of high-achieving students. Honors students are exposed to theme-based interdisciplinary seminars, enhance their research writing and oral presentation skills, and provide community service to the College and community. The 2017-2018 interdisciplinary theme is "Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice."

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.

First-Year Honors learning communities meet in person on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM at the New York City, Woodland Park, White Plains, and Woodbridge campuses.

Continuing/Transfer Honors learning communities participate in online seminars or meet in person on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:45 PM at the New York City, White Plains, Woodland Park, and Woodbridge campuses and Online.

Honors students also are involved in field trips, plenary sessions, co-curricular activities, and special events. All first-year Honors students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year. Continuing or transfer Honors students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year.

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
  • Opportunity to serve the Berkeley College campuses and community as a student leader and academic role model
  • Chance to present an honors thesis 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
First-Year Students

Admissions Process for Fall First-Year Cohort

Every fall, Berkeley College invites high school graduates from the most recent academic year to apply for admission to the Honors Program. Students are only admitted during the fall semester. Students may apply online or through Admissions. Learning communities will meet at the New York City, Woodland Park, White Plains, and Woodbridge campuses on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM.

The Admissions Department will identify potential candidates for the Honors Program. Only incoming high school graduates from the most recent academic year seeking Associate's or 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.

To apply, candidates must:

  • Complete and submit an Honors Program application
  • Provide evidence of relevant past academic achievements
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit an unofficial transcript including GPA and credits
  • Provide one letter of recommendation

The applications will be sent to the Honors Admissions Committee for consideration. No applications will be accepted after June 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 first-year cohort Honors Program will be placed on a waiting list and considered for the subsequent fall continuing student learning community.

Eligibility Criteria for Tuition Scholarship for Honors First-Year Students

2017 high school graduates who are accepted to the Honors Program will receive a 50% or full-tuition scholarship, based on high school GPA. Students must be full-time enrolled and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA each award period to retain their scholarship. 

Award amounts applied after all other federal and state grants and scholarships are calculated, and will not exceed the remaining cost of tuition and fees. Students who achieved a high school GPA between 3.00 and 3.49 are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship. Students who achieve a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship. Cost of books, supplies, housing, and graduation fees are not included. 

Honors Curriculum

HON1105 Honors Writing and Research (Fall Semester 2017)

3 credits

Groups first-year Honors students into a cohort and places them into a specifically designated Honors section of Writing and Research, a course required of all Berkeley College students that introduces expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition.

HON2205 Honors Writing Through Literature (Winter Semester 2018)

3 credits

Groups first-year Honors students into a cohort and places them into a specifically designated Honors section of Writing Through Literature, a course required of all Berkeley College students that further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in HON1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from myriad genres.

Prerequisite: HON1105

HON2210 Pre-Honors Seminar (Spring Semester 2018)

3 credits

Introduces first-year Honors students to the Honors Program. This course provides instruction in library research and the mechanics of writing a thesis paper.

Prerequisite: HON2205

HON3310 Honors Seminar (Fall Semester 2018)

3 credits

Introduces the Honors Program unifying theme used to structure the work of HON4400 and HON4410 seminars and demonstrates how the theme may be studied from different viewpoints.

HON4400 Advanced Honors Research (Winter Semester 2019)

3 credits

Focuses on annotating relevant research on a more focused Honors thesis topic within their major or the program theme. Students work in small groups to peer-review bibliographies, thesis outlines, and first drafts. This course integrates graded LibGuide tasks and proper citing and research techniques. Students develop their critical analyses and methodologies in more detailed outlines and first and second drafts.

Prerequisite: HON3310

 

HON4410 Directed Honors Research (Spring Semester 2019)

3 credits

Provides for the completion of directed honors-level research. This 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.

Prerequisite: HON4400

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 18 credits by the Fall start of the program and verify credit status with academic advisement
  • Students must be able to participate in learning communities at either the New York City, White Plains, Woodland Park, or Woodbridge campuses on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:45 PM or participate online.
  • 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

HON3310 Honors Seminar

3 credits

Introduces the Honors Program unifying theme used to structure the work of HON4400 and HON4410 seminars and demonstrates how the theme may be studied from different viewpoints.

HON4400 Advanced Honors Research

3 credits

Focuses on annotating relevant research on a more focused Honors thesis topic within their major or the program theme. Students work in small groups to peer-review bibliographies, thesis outlines, and first drafts. This course integrates graded LibGuide tasks and proper citing and research techniques. Students develop their critical analyses and methodologies in more detailed outlines and first and second drafts.

Prerequisite: HON3310

HON4410 Directed Honors Research

3 credits

Provides for the completion of directed honors-level research. This 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.

Prerequisite: HON4400

International First-Year Students

Admissions Process for International
First-Year Students Cohort

Every fall, Berkeley College invites first-year students to apply for admission to the Honors Program. Students are only admitted during the fall semester. Students may apply online or through International Admissions. Learning communities will meet at the New York City, Woodland Park, White Plains, and Woodbridge campuses on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM.

The International Admissions Department will identify potential candidates for the Honors Program. Only incoming first-year students seeking Associate's or 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. 

To apply, candidates must:

  • Complete and submit an Honors Program application
  • Provide evidence of relevant past academic achievements
  • Submit a resume (if available)
  • Submit an unofficial transcript including GPA and credits
  • Provide one letter of recommendation

The applications will be sent to the Honors Admissions Committee for consideration. No applications will be accepted after August 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 first-year cohort Honors Program will be placed on a waiting list and considered for the subsequent fall continuing student learning community. For the 2017-2018 year, enrollment will be capped to 20 across the system.

Eligibility Criteria for Tuition Scholarship for Honors International First-Year Students

All accepted Honors International First-Year students will receive a 50% tuition scholarship. Students must be full-time enrolled and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA each award period to retain their scholarship. International students who receive the Honors Scholarship are not eligible for any other institutional aid. Cost of books, supplies, housing, and graduation fees not included.

International Honors Curriculum

HON1105 Honors Writing and Research (Fall Semester 2017)

3 credits

Groups first-year Honors students into a cohort and places them into a specifically designated Honors section of Writing and Research, a course required of all Berkeley College students that introduces expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition.

HON2205 Honors Writing Through Literature (Winter Semester 2018)

3 credits

Groups first-year Honors students into a cohort and places them into a specifically designated Honors section of Writing Through Literature, a course required of all Berkeley College students that further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in HON1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from myriad genres.

Prerequisite: HON1105

HON2210 Pre-Honors Seminar (Spring Semester 2018)

3 credits

Introduces first-year Honors students to the Honors Program. This course provides instruction in library research and the mechanics of writing a thesis paper.

Prerequisite: HON2205

HON3310 Honors Seminar (Fall Semester 2018)

3 credits

Introduces the Honors Program unifying theme used to structure the work of HON4400 and HON4410 seminars and demonstrates how the theme may be studied from different viewpoints.

HON4400 Advanced Honors Research (Winter Semester 2019)

3 credits

Focuses on annotating relevant research on a more focused Honors thesis topic within their major or the program theme. Students work in small groups to peer-review bibliographies, thesis outlines, and first drafts. This course integrates graded LibGuide tasks and proper citing and research techniques. Students develop their critical analyses and methodologies in more detailed outlines and first and second drafts.

Prerequisite: HON3310

 

HON4410 Directed Honors Research (Spring Semester 2019)

3 credits

Provides for the completion of directed honors-level research. This 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.

Prerequisite: HON4400

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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