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 semester 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 2016-2017 interdisciplinary theme is "Global Health."

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.

Freshman Honors learning communities meet in person on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 12:45 PM at the New York City, Woodland Park, White Plains, and/or 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, Woodland Park, and Woodbridge campuses.

Honors students also are involved in field trips, plenary sessions, co-curricular activities, and special events. All freshman Honors students must complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service each year. Continuing or transfer Honors students must complete a minimum of 10 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
  • Serve the Berkeley College campuses 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 semester. Students may apply online or through Admissions. Learning communities will meet at the New York City, Woodland Park, White Plains, and/or Woodbridge campuses on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 12:45 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.

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 freshman 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 Freshmen

Berkeley College offers scholarships to qualified freshman students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement. Award amounts are based on high school GPA. Scholarships are renewable until receipt of a Bachelor’s degree. To be eligible, students must be accepted into the Honors Program and enroll full-time in one of Berkeley’s Bachelor’s degree programs. For an eligible student who achieved a high school GPA between 3.00 and 3.49, scholarships range up to 50 percent of tuition. For an eligible student who achieved a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher, scholarships range up to full tuition. Scholarships are awarded after all federal and state grants, Veterans Affairs benefits, employer benefits, and other scholarships have been applied (housing, books, supplies, and graduation fees are not included). To maintain the scholarship, students must attend full-time, remain continuously enrolled for each academic term, and maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Honors Curriculum

HON1105 Honors Writing and Research

3 credits

Groups freshman 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

3 credits

Groups freshman 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

3 credits

Introduces Honors freshman 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

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 Seminar

3 credits

Focuses on advanced interdisciplinary work on the special topic chosen for the program. Students work in small groups dealing with issues from various points of view. This course builds on the work of the previous seminars. As students strive to construct theoretical paradigms to account for the issues studied, they relate theoretical concerns to the work of their major field.

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

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 but no more than 80 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, 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 Seminar

3 credits

Focuses on advanced interdisciplinary work on the special topic chosen for the program. Students work in small groups dealing with issues from various points of view. This course builds on the work of the previous seminars. As students strive to construct theoretical paradigms to account for the issues studied, they relate theoretical concerns to the work of their major field.

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

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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