The Honors Program is bringing Rochester College’s most academically gifted students together for classroom and extracurricular experiences. Participation in the Honors Program helps prepare students for a lifetime of Christian leadership and achievement in professional, academic, and social arenas.
Incoming students with an ACT of 27 or an SAT of 1210 are eligible to enroll in Honors courses and participate in the Honors Program. Students with slightly lower test scores are also encouraged to request permission to enroll in Honors courses by talking to their Academic Advisors or the Honors Program Director. Transfer students and existing students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher are also eligible to enroll in Honors courses and participate in the program. Eligible students are invited to register for Honors Courses; no formal application process is required.
While personal growth is the primary reason for participating, honors program work is also highly valued by prospective employers and graduate schools. All honors classes are clearly designated as such on student transcripts, and students have the opportunity to earn special Honors Distinctions. The Honors Program enhances, but does not replace, other student experiences at Rochester College. Honors students are encouraged to develop all of their God-given talents, and program participation is compatible with all of Rochester College’s degree programs and extra-curricular activities.
Honors Scholar: to earn this distinction, students must complete 14 credits of Honors coursework and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Distinguished Honors Scholar: to earn this distinction, students must complete 20 credits of Honors coursework and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
The Rochester College Honors Council provides student leadership for the Honors Program, plans extracurricular activities, and provides input regarding the academic curriculum. In the 2013-2014 school year, Honors extra-curricular events included a Gatsby Gala, Tie Dye for a Cure, and several game nights, movie nights, and devotionals.
The 2014-2015 Honors Council officers are:
|Vice President||Natalie Redmondfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Communications Officer||Olivia Feldmanemail@example.com|
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Honors Program Director
The Honors program also hosts a summer program for high school students. For more information, please visit the Summer Scholars page »
Honors credit can be earned in three ways: through taking courses that are a part of the Honors Core (course titles begin with “HON”), by taking honors sections of existing courses (designated by adding “honors” to the course name), and through Honors contract work. Honors sections are frequently offered for the following courses:
- REL 1003 Introduction to Christian Faith
- REL 1013 Survey of Biblical Literature
- PHI 3043 Diversity Seminar
For more information about Honors Contracts, click here »
Courses in the honors core can be taken to fulfill a range of General Education requirements. While most General Education courses offer an overview of a specific discipline, courses in the honors core complement this breadth of knowledge by offering an in-depth, interdisciplinary, and thematic approach. Many of these courses are also team-taught.
HON 2014 Communication and Critical Thinking Develop skills in critical thinking and enhance skills in both written and oral communication. Satisfies INF 1011. Hours may also be applied to either the English Composition or Communication and Speech requirements in the General Education Program.
HON 2113 The American Experience Considers the history, political structures, social systems, literature, and art of America within the context of Western society. Theme varies by year. Hours may be applied to one of the following general education requirements: Western Heritage, American Experience, Literature, or Fine Arts Appreciation.
HON 2213 Global Citizenship Considers America’s interactions with Western and non-Western countries. Includes a comparative study of international philosophies, social systems, and economies, as well as trans-national interactions. Theme varies by year. Hours may be applied to one of the following general education requirements: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning, Non-Western Studies and Diversity, or Human Institutions and Behavior.
HON 2314 Science as a Human Enterprise Topics may explore science’s impact on humanity and humanity’s impact on the natural world, the historical development of the major theories in the various branches of science and how the philosophy of science impacts their development. The course has a laboratory component. Qualitative and quantitative applications will be utilized. Hours may be applied to one of the following general education requirements: Critical Thinking and Mathematical Competency, Laboratory Science, or Human Institutions and Behavior.
HON 2413 Special Topics Allows for academic exploration of a specific topic. Content varies. Satisfies appreciation credit.