With small seminars and highly motivated peers, the St. Francis College Honors Program lets you get the most out of your academic experience.
With classmates as intellectually curious as yourself, you'll have the opportunity to complete enriching projects and dive deep into a subject that matters to you. Honors programs students can partake in field trips, Study Abroad programs, and have the option to present yours Honors Thesis at regional Honors Conferences.
Each year Freshman Seminars focus on a single theme such as the American Civil War, sustainable environment, or the evolution of St. Francis College’s digital society. These topics are strengthened with guest lecturers and special events including the Dr. Francis J. Greene Honors Lecture Series.
The Honors Program is about more than academics, though, as students become part of the larger Brooklyn community through volunteering at local organizations.
The Honors Program’s mission is to form a community of active, life-long learners who will become adept at functioning in a complex, increasingly interconnected world. This is accomplished through interdisciplinary courses anchored in the liberal arts. The program strengthens its students intellectually by challenging them academically, encouraging their intellectual curiosity, and honing their research, writing, critical thinking and speaking skills. Keeping with St. Francis College’s Franciscan roots, Honors' students constantly are encouraged to embrace the key Franciscan values of care of creation, compassion, humility and service to others. By offering courses in a wide variety of disciplines, the program enhances the academic experience of every major.
- Read, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary sources.
- Actively engage in seminar discussions.
- Plan, organize, and make oral presentations.
- Write essays and reports that are well-conceived, well-organized, and well written.
- Take advantage of and participate in the cultural resources found in the metropolitan area.
- Become aware of the interconnectedness of knowledge.
- Conduct original research and explore perspectives on existing theories, concepts, and ideas.
The Honors program provides students the opportunity to study and investigate areas of interdisciplinary concern and personal interest. The Program requires the student to enroll in and complete eight three-credit Honors courses, beginning with a year-long freshman seminar and ending in a year-long senior thesis. The freshman seminars are focused around a timely theme chosen by the Honors Director. The topic of the Honors Thesis is chosen by the individual Honors student and requires the student to engage in in-depth research, guided by a mentor chosen by the student, culminating in a polished, thoroughly documented research paper. Students have the opportunity to present their research at an annual Honors Symposium. Each thesis is carefully monitored by the mentor and is critically examined by a designated reader from the Honors Council.
Independent research and self-motivated study are combined in Honors seminars. Brief essays, oral presentations, and longer research projects form the basis for grades in the seminars. Formal testing is neither used, nor permitted. Field trips are encouraged, and attendance at or participation in cultural and social activities at the College are expected, as is a service component.
The non-Freshman Honors courses that are offered each semester are selected from a large and constantly growing collection of courses. This course catalog includes all active Honors courses, but Honors students should check with the Program Director’s office to learn about new courses that will be offered. Decisions about which Honors courses are offered are made each semester and will appear on WebAdvisor during registration periods. Honors students have priority registration and are eligible to register for courses on the first day of registration.
Membership in the
Honors program is limited. Qualified admitted freshmen are invited into the
program based on a combination of test scores and high school performance.
Transfer students, second-semester freshman and, at times, sophomores who demonstrate academic talent and interest in the Honors Program may also be invited into the Program. Once in the Program, Honors students are required to maintain at least a 3.50-grade point average and show progress toward meeting their Honors course requirements.
- High School diploma