About the Program
At The College of New Rochelle, the Honors Program isn't about doing more work, it is about doing better work, encouraging creativity and a broad array of experiences. The Honors Program consists of general study expressly designed to provide an alternative liberal arts curriculum for the motivated and talented student, regardless of major field. The program places a high priority on intellectual rigor, scholarly discovery, and social excellence, while fostering academic independence and initiative, leadership, collaboration, and community involvement.

Why Try Honors?
  • Opportunity to design an interdisciplinary program of Honors studies, developed under close advisement, both within and outside your major field
  • Small seminar-style classes, one-to-one learning with faculty mentors, and flexibility in fulfilling College requirements
  • Chance for an internship experience at a rich variety of sites, such as the United Nations, the Bronx Psychiatric Hospital for Children, or at a New York City art galleries
  • Automatic membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council, with opportunities to attend conferences and give workshops
  • Prospect of applying for a visiting semester in the Honors Program of any member institution or participating in an Honors Semester
  • Freshman experience that includes specially designed seminars for first-year students and a social orientation to the campus by the Honors cohort
  • Access to the Honors Center, which serves as a lounge, seminar room, and conference space and offers a computer and printer, mailboxes, a stereo, a TV, magazines, and more
  • Opportunity to publish essays, poetry, and articles in Femmes d’Esprit, the Honors literary magazine
  • Ability to contract for Honors work during summer and winter recesses
  • Option to overpoint during the semester beyond the normal 15 credits without an extra fee

Honors Seminars
Designed to allow students to explore subjects outside of their majors, Honors seminars are interdisciplinary in content and methodology, issue-oriented, and responsive to diverse perspectives. Class size averages ten students, guaranteeing active participation in quality, roundtable discussions. Seminar participants benefit from faculty who are noted for their creative teaching, the opportunity to do student presentations and independent projects, guest speakers, and field trips. Past seminars include: Discourses of Slavery in the Americas, Psychology and Religion, Gender and Contemporary Visual Culture, and Globalization and the Media.

Honors Colloquium
This one-year, six-credit experience combines a fall seminar with a spring independent study under an overarching theme. Students explore a selected theme together with a faculty expert, and then engage in a directed study with a faculty mentor while participating in periodic group process meetings with the Colloquium coordinator. Cycled according to student interest, topics have included New York City: Anatomy of a Metropolis, America in the World, Women and the Law, The Human Drive for Community, Science, Technology, and Values, and Democracy in America.

Honors Contract
The approved contract is a syllabus that converts any course into an Honors research experience. Students above the freshman level may apply for an Honors designation (H-option) for up to three additional credits for a creative, field-based, or research project.

Honors Conference Day
Scheduled in late April, this College-wide event showcases and celebrates Honors students and their supporting mentors. Each contract student is required to make a formal presentation based on the research she has conducted during the academic year. Click here to see photos from the 2008 Conference Day!

Senior Symposium
This year-long capstone seminar experience challenges seniors to share their honed intellectual independence in their major fields in an interdisciplinary exchange with their senior cohort and under advisement of a faculty mentor.

Honors Diploma
Candidates for the Honors Diploma need at least a 3.5 cumulative index, eight completed Honors experiences, including the Colloquium and Symposium, and a record of Honors leadership.

Admission to the Honors Program
Freshmen and sophomores with a minimum 3.3 index and juniors and seniors with a 3.5 minimum cumulative index are invited to apply for membership. Incoming freshmen who have received scholarships based on academic achievement and/or have a superior high school record are also invited. To learn more, contact  Honors Program Director Dr. Amy Bass at abass@cnr.edu.