Christie P. Karpiak, Ph.D., Interim Director
The Honors Program supports The University of Scranton’s tradition of excellence and its dedication to freedom of inquiry and personal development. It challenges outstanding students with a rigorous education that stresses independent work and intense engagement with faculty and other Honors students both in and out of the classroom. The individualized attention and freedom to explore provided by the program aim to increase students’ intellectual skills, self-reliance and personal accountability.
The Honors curriculum conforms with and enriches existing University course requirements. It also supports students as they move into increasingly sophisticated work. Writing-intensive, discussion-based Honors courses, which vary from year to year, satisfy general education requirements. Honors tutorials both in and out of a student’s major engage students with texts on an individually directed basis. The junior seminar provides opportunities for students to lead and participate in discussions of books on a wide range of contemporary issues. A student’s work in the Honors Program culminates in a year-long senior project. The student may propose either a research or a creative project for this significant piece of independent work. Students present the plans for this project to their peers in a senior seminar and defend the completed project before their mentor and two other faculty members. The final version of the project is catalogued in the Weinberg Library.
Honors Students must take one course, three tutorials and two seminars; they must also complete a year-long, 6-credit project. Honors courses count toward general education requirements. Honors tutorials count toward major, minor, cognate or general education requirements. Students may take up to five tutorials. Those who participate in all three programs of excellence (Honors, SJLA, Business Leadership Program) or who spend a full year abroad have the option of completing only two tutorials, one in the student’s major and one out of the major or in a second major.
There is no extra tuition for Honors work from the junior year forward. Honors courses, tutorials and projects carry only ordinary tuition. Honors seminars, the only Honors work that does not satisfy ordinary graduation requirements, carry no tuition charge. Honors students may take between 12 and 21 credits in their third and fourth years at the flat rate.
Admission to the Honors Program
Applications are accepted every fall from those students who have at least 18 hours of college credit and who expect to graduate after three more years of work at the University. Applicants must ordinarily have at least a 3.3 GPA; a minimum of a 3.5 GPA (cum laude) is required for graduation in the program. The number of spaces in the program is limited, and admission is based on the applicant’s high school and college records, SAT scores, application, recommendations, and interviews. For further information contact Dr. Christie P. Karpiak, Interim Director of the Honors Program.
Additional Requirements of the Honors Program that Students will take in Consultation with their Advisors and the Director of the Honors Program:
- HONR 287H - (CL,P) Honors Keystone
- DEPT 385H-389H - Honors Tutorial
- DEPT 487H-489H - Honors Project
- Honors Passport - The obligation of each student in the Honors Program to attend a number of cultural, civic, political or academic events each semester. (Not for credit nor a grade and not transcriptable, simply an ongoing expectation of the program.)
HONR 187H - Honors Ideamaking Experienceplus or minus
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program)
The class serves as an introduction to the Honors Program and also models the research process more broadly. The course begins in the final days of intersession, giving students a retreat-like experience, and continues in the early days of the spring semester. It traces the nature of research across academic disciplines.
DEPT 385H-389H - Honors Tutorialplus or minus
An exploration of a topic on an individually directed basis.
HONR 287H - (CL,P) Honors Keystoneplus or minus
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program)
This team taught course, a requirement of the Honors program, puts students into conversation across or between academic disciplines around a particular topic, subject to change each time the course is offered. The course should satisfy up to two varying G.E. area requirements every semester. May be repeated for credit.
HONR 387H - Honors in Context Seminarplus or minus
Student-led discussions of contemporary non-fictional works chosen for their variety and their importance.
DEPT 487H-489H - Honors Projectplus or minus
An independent project of academic or professional nature culminating in an oral defense before a board of three faculty members.
HONR 487H - Honors Capstone Seminarplus or minus
Student-led discussions of the content, rationale, and methodology of Senior Honors Projects.