The Honors Program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent provides our most competent and motivated students with a stimulating environment in which to maximize their intellectual and personal development. The Honors Curriculum is designed to challenge students through all four years of their undergraduate experience while ensuring that they are exposed to academic experiences that fit the Mission of the College.
|Program Overview||Honors Program Curriculum|
The Honors Curriculum combines unique Honors Courses with select elements of the traditional core curriculum for a baccalaureate degree. The Honors Program allows students the freedom to develop an educational experience suited to their academic and intellectual interests and may be completed while pursuing any of the majors offered by the College.
The program’s features include small classes and innovative teaching methods (seminars, group projects, individual mentoring, field trips). Incoming full-time freshmen with outstanding academic backgrounds, and full-time first term freshmen who earn a GPA above 3.5, are invited to apply by contacting the Honors Program Director.
The Honors Thesis is an opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on an independent research or creative scholarly project. Students choose their projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Theses can take different forms depending on the field in which they are completed. Each academic department specifies the requirements that a thesis must meet for that department.
Small classes and innovative teaching methods (seminars, group projects, individual mentoring and field trips) are some of the special features offered by the Honors Program.
In addition to a fulfilling educational experience, Honor Students also benefit from:
- small, seminar-like thematic courses that foster discussion and intellectual challenge
- completion of a significant independent scholarly project
- greater freedom in choosing courses
- early registration for classes
- honors course designation on your transcript
- recognition and Honors Degree at Commencement
Honors Core Curriculum
A: FRESHMAN DEVELOPMENT B & C: HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
|First Year Experience (FYE)||1 credit|
|Required Freshman Seminar||3 credits*||Freshman Honors topics course||6 credits|
|ENGL 110 Writing in Context I||3 credits||Sophomore Honors topics course||6 credits|
|ENGL 120 Writing in Context II||3 credits|
|Modern Languages and Literature||6 credits|
D: SCIENTIFIC AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING E. RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY
|Natural Science||3 credits||Junior Honors Seminar: Ethics||3 credits|
|Mathematics||3 credits||Religious Studies 1 & 2 (topics)||6 credits|
|Science or Mathematics Elective||3 credits|
F. INDEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP
|Honors Thesis Independent Study||3 credits**|
|TOTAL CREDITS: 49|
* The credits from the Freshman Seminar will serve as fulfillment of humanities or social science distribution requirements.
** Departments vary regarding whether Honors students do their thesis as an independent study project or as part of a required capstone course.
Dr. Daniel Opler
Department of History
Academy, Room 314A