Honors students pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies can pursue a Concentration in Leadership. For a student to qualify, the following criteria must be met:

  • New students must have a minimum ACT score of 27 or a minimum SAT score of 1200, and must have graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and/or be in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.
  • Transfer students or continuing Rochester students who wish to enroll in this degree can use their previous college performance as criteria. They must have completed at least 30 hours of college credit with a minimum GPA of 3.2, with at least two faculty recommendations.
  • In order to receive this Honors degree, students must graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.4. If the student’s final GPA is below 3.4, then the “Honors” distinction will be dropped from the degree, and the student’s program will be considered under the normal Rochester College academic guidelines and count as a normal BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Requirements for the BA in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration in Leadership
General Education Core49
Honors students are encouraged to choose as many upper-division classes in the general education categories as possible.
Interdisciplinary Studies Core14
IDS 2103 Introduction to the Arts and Sciences3
Six hour from the following: BUS 3003, COM 3533, ENG 4873, HIS 3423, HON 3113, HON 3213, IDS 4883, INS 3113, INS 4413, LDR 3653, MED 3003, MED 4893, MIN 3623, MIN 4873, MUS 3533, PHI 3923, PHI 3933, PHI 4413, POS 3013, PSY 3093, or THE 4143, THE 4893, THL 3793, THL 40033
IDS 3001 Interdisciplinary Studies and Vocation1
IDS 4813 Senior Project in Interdisciplinary Studies3
IDS 4601 Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies1
Honors Leadership Concentration24
LDR 3653-HON Strategic Leadership Theory and Practice3
SEN 2013-HON Social Entrepreneurship3
THL 2013-HON Spiritual Formation3
9 hours from the following:

  • HON 2014 Communication and Critical Thinking
  • HON 2113 The American Experience
  • HON 2213 Global Citizenship
  • HON 2314 Science as Human Enterprise
  • HON 3113 The American Experience: Advanced Studies
  • HON 3213 Global Citizenship: Advanced Studies

These courses are repeatable, so the course titles vary. The same course can be taken twice as long as the titles are different.

Complete Honors Contracts in Two of the Following:

  • BUS 3003 Business Communication
  • COM 2223 Public Speaking and Debate
  • JRN 4333 Editorial Writing
  • JRN 4313 Feature Writing
  • LDR 3713 Leadership of Teams
  • LDR 3633 Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • SEN 3003 Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship
  • SMG 4253 Facility and Event Management
Second Area of Concentration24
Selected from the following:

  • Art
  • Bible
  • Business (BS only)
  • English
  • History
  • Honors Leadership (Honors Students Only)
  • International Studies
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics (BS only)
  • Ministry
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Pre-Law
  • Professional Writing (BS only)
  • Psychology (BS only)
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Theatre
Foreign Language6-8