1. Overview
  2. Freshman
    Students
  3. Continuing
    Students

Honors student Julie Vinolas shares her Berkeley College experience.

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Berkeley College Honors Program 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.

 

 

Congrats to Tanya Salemme from Honors Cohort #3. Faculty voted her one of the winter quarter's highest achievers in HON300 Honors Seminar.

 

 

The Berkeley College Honors Program newsletter, "The Honorable Mention," reports on honors students and faculty "rising to the challenge," and chronicles activities, events, and more.

"The Honorable Mention," the Berkeley College Honors Program newsletter

 

 

Honors Program Student Projects

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

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

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

 

The Berkeley College Honors Program

Berkeley College Honors Program 

The Berkeley College Honors Program offers a highly selective, interdisciplinary, and seminar-based educational opportunity to a limited number of high-achieving entering first-year students 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 locations. 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: 

  • Academic program for Bachelor’s degree-seeking students at no additional tuition cost
  • 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, a quarterly 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

Program Director

Byron K. Hargrove, Ph.D.
Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences
536 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-642-3888 ext. 1440
bkh@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Berkeley College 2014 Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Honors Program Director Dr. Byron Hargrove celebrates the induction of Cohort #3 Honors Program students at the Berkeley College 2014 Honor Society Induction Ceremony at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ.


Freshman Students

Admissions Process for Fall Freshman Cohort

Students entering Berkeley College as freshmen in the fall quarter will be invited to apply online through Admissions for consideration into the Honors Program. Cohorts form at the New York City, Woodland Park, and Online locations and meet on Fridays from 1:30 to 5:00 pm.

Prior to the fall quarter, incoming freshman students seeking Bachelor’s degrees with a minimum high school GPA of 3.00 will be identified as potential candidates by the Admissions Department. This minimum GPA requirement is waived for adult students. Students that are identified as needing developmental math, reading, and/or writing courses at Berkeley College are not eligible for consideration.

Candidates will be asked to complete an eform 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

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 five 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 cohort.

Honors Curriculum

HON105 Honors Freshmen English I - Fall Quarter

HON106 Honors Freshmen English II - Winter Quarter

HON110 Pre-Honors Seminar - Spring Quarter

HON300 Introductory Honors Seminar - Fall Quarter

HON310 Honors Seminar - Winter Quarter

HON400 Advanced Honors Seminar - Spring Quarter

HON410 Directed Research - Summer or Fall Quarter



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
  • A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.50 is required

Candidates will be asked to complete an eform 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

Electronic applications can be submitted through the Honors Program website (see Apply Now! box).

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 five faculty members. Upon review of the student’s application, a personal interview may be requested.

Honors Course Offerings

Continuing students accepted into the program take the following four courses:

HON300 Introductory Honors Seminar - Fall Quarter

HON310 Honors Seminar - Winter Quarter

HON400 Advanced Honors Seminar - Spring Quarter

HON410 Directed Research - Summer or Fall Quarter