What Is An Honors Program?
Although Honors programs vary according to institutions, the National Collegiate Honors Council, which serves to advance excellence in undergraduate education, established certain parameters. At the heart of Honors education is enriched and experiential learning within a sequence of courses that encourage independent and creative scholarship.
Honors Programs are typically structured as a component of the general education program complemented by advanced courses, which may or may not be in departmental majors. Generally, Honors curriculum fits within the number of required credits for graduation, and Honors programs rarely require that students take additional credits. Students who complete an Honors program receive transcript and diploma notations, as well as certificates, medallions, or other citations at graduation ceremonies.
Honors At Monroe College
The Monroe College Honors Program was established in Fall 2004 to provide the unique opportunity for our most academically accomplished students to engage in advanced academic work and to participate in enhanced intellectual experiences with distinguished professors and guest lecturers.
The Honors Program emphasizes full intellectual engagement of students and faculty through promotion of an academic environment characterized by the highest standards of discourse, integrity, and respect. The pursuit of excellence in college-level studies entails thorough understanding and informed appreciation of areas within – as well as outside, a major field of specialization. Hence, the Monroe College Honors Program provides challenging courses, active learning opportunities, and strong personal advisement intended to broaden and deepen the academic experience. To that end, the Honors Program sponsors lectures, seminars, and workshops for Honors Program students and faculty, many of which are extended to the general Monroe College community. Each semester, the Honors Program sponsors the Honors Colloquium, a scholarly and celebratory program where Honors students present projects and papers to the college community.