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The Honors Program

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woman with bookThe Honors Program is an intensified course of study. A student may begin the program either as an entering freshman in the two-year program or after completing 30 credits (26 credits if part-time student) in the Honors Sophomore Option. It is designed for highly motivated students with above-average achievement records who desire to transfer to a four-year college or professional school. Scholarships may be available. The dominant goal of the Honors program to:

  • Permit intensive study in liberal arts and science areas focusing on the student’s particular areas of interest
  • Permit independent inquiry into areas of special interest
  • Encourage an integrated vision of the interrelationships between individual academic areas


Honors Two-Year Program
Entering first-year students who (1) graduated in the top 20% of their high school class and (2) have a minimum combined SAT score of 1100 are encouraged to contact the Honors Program Coordinator, Lynn Kenneally, at 732.255.0400 ext. 2215 for an application.

The Honors Program Committee will grant the final approval for entrance into the Honors Program.

Requirements for Graduation:

  • Liberal Arts A.A. degree requirements
  • Successful completion of all required Honors sections and seminars
  • Minimum load of 16 credit hours per semester with schedule approval by the Honors Committee
  • Completion and presentation of an Independent Study Project
  • Maintenance of a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with no more than one course withdrawal ("W")
  • Adherence to all two-year program guidelines

Honors - Possible Semester Schedule
Liberal Arts AA Degree

First Semester
3 s.h. English I Honors (ENGL 151)
3 s.h. Humanities Group A Elective
3 s.h. Mathematics (MATH 171 or higher)
3 s.h. Social Science Requirement
3 s.h. Western Civilization I Honors (HIST 171)
1 s.h. Honors Experience I (HONR 150)
16 s.h.

Second Semester
3 s.h. English II Honors (ENGL 152)
3 s.h. Computer Literacy/Elective
3 s.h. Mathematics (MATH 171 or higher)
3 s.h. Social Science Requirement
3 s.h. Western Civilization II Honors (HIST 172)
1 s.h. Honors Experience II (HONR 250)
16 s.h.

Third Semester
3 s.h. Honors Topics in the Humanities (HUMN 297)
3 s.h. Honors Independent Study (HONR 293)
3 s.h. Communications (COMM 154 or COMM 202)
4 s.h. Science (BIOL 161, CHEM 181 or PHYS 171)
3 s.h. Elective
16 s.h.

Fourth Semester
3 s.h. Honors Seminar II (HONR 292)
3 s.h. Humanities/English Group B Requirement
3 s.h. Diversity Requirement
2-3 s.h. Health Requirement (HEHP 110 or HEHP 225)
4 s.h. Science (continuation of previous semester)
0-1 s.h. Elective (to meet required 64 s.h.)
16 s.h.

Total Credits 64-65

Honors Sophomore Option

The Honors Program also offers a Sophomore Option open to both full and part-time students who meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a minimum of 30 s.h. toward graduation requirements, or 26 s.h. for part-time students, with no more than one course withdrawal
  • Completion of ENGL 151 and ENGL 152, with a grade of B or higher
  • A minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA

Interested students are invited to submit an application to the Honors Coordinator.

Requirements for Graduation:

  • Liberal Arts A.A. degree requirements
  • Completion of both Honors Seminar courses with a minimum grade of “B”
  • Scheduled approval by the Honors Committee
  • Completion and presentation of an Independent study Project with a grade of "B" or higher
  • Maintenance of a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a maximum of one course withdrawal ("W") after entering the Sophomore Option program.
  • Adherence to all Sophomore Option guidelines.