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     skills that employers say that they most desire in their employees. The Albright College Honors Program challenges the most talented and motivated students to take these skills to an even higher level. If you wish to be truly challenged during your college education, the Albright College Honors Program is for you. 

    Why Consider the Honors Program?

    Who Is Eligible for the Honors Program?

    What Are the Requirements of the Honors Program?

    What Are the Benefits of Joining the Honors Program?

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    What Is the Honors Club?

    Whom May I Contact With Questions About The Honors Program?

    Why Consider the Honors Program?

    The Albright College Honors Program provides the support for you to take your learning and education to the next level.  The program is designed to increase your access to the high impact practices

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    • Take innovative courses in classes that average 10 to 15 students.
  • Participate in service projects and trips organized by the Honors Club.
  • Be eligible to live in the Honors House at Mohn Hall.
  • Graduate with College Honors when you complete all the requirements of the Honors Program. (see Difference between College Honors, Academic Honors and Departmental Honors below)
  • Who Is Eligible for the Honors Program?

    If you are a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, you are eligible to join the Albright College Honors Program upon matriculation. Joining at this point allows you to take one of the First Year Honors courses created specifically for you and other eligible incoming first year students. Before registering for your first semester of classes, you will receive information about the First Year Honors courses being offered.

    . You can either complete the online form or pick up a hard copy from the the Registrar’s office or from Julia Heberle, the Director of the Albright College Honors Program. Dr. Heberle’s office is located in Teel Hall, room 207.

    Join the Program as soon as you are eligible

    What Are the Requirements of the Honors Program?

    Once you have joined the Albright College Honors Program, you must satisfy the following three requirements in order to complete the Program successfully.

    Honors Courses

    Honors Courses make it possible for you to fulfill some course requirements in an enriched way.

    You may also complete your unit requirements using Honors modules or an Honors independent study. To remain a member of the Honors Program in good standing, you must complete two of these courses by the end of your sophomore year and the third by the end of your junior year. (If there is a specific reason that you are waiting longer than usual to fulfill these requirements, please speak with your adviser and the


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    Honors Modules

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    Students are also encouraged to put the plans for the module in writing so that expectations for both student and instructor are explicit.

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    Honors Module Proposal Form 

    Honors Module Examples


    Honors Independent Study

     Honors independent study 


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    Grade Point Average

    To join the Albright College Honors Program, to remain a member in good standing, and to graduate with College Honors, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


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    GPA and course requirements for writing a Senior Thesis:

    College Honors: You must graduate with an overall GPA of at least 3.50 and you must have completed three honors courses (if you have not completed this requirement by the start of your senior year, contact Dr. Catone immediately).

    Departmental Distinction: You must graduate with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 and you must graduate with a GPA in your concentration of at least 3.50; see Dr. Catone



    Senior Thesis


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    Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) Grants. For more information on ACRE Grants, contact the provost’s office.

    Choosing a Topic, Adviser, and Readers:

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    Submitting a Proposal:

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    Proposal Requirements: Your final proposal will be submitted electronically using the Online Senior Thesis Proposal Form (link below), you should use the following guide to draft your proposal. You will then be able to copy and paste the contents of your proposal into the web form for submissionYour thesis proposal must contain the following sections:


    Avoiding Common Oversights:

     all seven of the sections listed above in your proposal. Online Senior Thesis Proposal Form

    Submitting the Rough Draft:

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    Presenting Your Research:

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    Senior Honors Thesis Project Calendar for the Class of 2020 (Spring graduates)
    Receive Invitation to Write a Senior ThesisApril 2019
    Submit Enrollment Form to College Honors CommitteeMay 2019
    Submit Proposal to Adviser and ReadersFri, Sept 6, 2019
    Submit Proposal to College Honors CommitteeTue, Sept 17, 2019
    Receive Committee Response to ProposalFri, Oct 4, 2019
    Resubmit Proposal if RequiredMon, Oct 21, 2019
    Submit Rough Draft of Thesis to Adviser and ReadersMon, Mar 9, 2020
    Submit Final Copy of Thesis to Adviser and ReadersMon, Apr 6, 2020
    Submit Final Copy of Thesis to College Honors CommitteeFri, Apr 17, 2020
    Present Project during May 4 – May 7, 2020
    Honors Poster SessionThurs, May 7, 2020, 4PM
    Honors ReceptionThurs, May 7, 2020, 5PM

     

    Examples of Past Theses

    Examples of Past Theses: Click this link to view the abstracts from last year’s senior honors theses.


    What Are the Benefits of Joining the Honors Program?

    Membership in this community comes with special privileges. You will be able to register early for courses, which makes it more likely that you will be able to get both the honors courses and the regular courses you want. You will also be able to fulfill some of your general studies or concentration requirements in the special environment of honors courses

    One of the greatest benefits of the Honors Program is the opportunity to undertake a year-long independent research project. (See the description of Senior Honors Projects in Section III above.) This provides the richest learning experience of your entire college career. Such an experience will provide you with skills and practice in solving unscripted problems and answering questions that have not previously been answered. These are skills that are most valued by future employers.  Successful completion of the Albright College Honors Programs demonstrates your willingness to learn and challenge yourself, and will make your application to a job, professional school, or graduate school stand out.Knowing the world

    By joining the Honors Program, you will also enjoy membership in the Honors Club and eligibility to live in the Honors House at Mohn Hall.

    Another great benefit of the Honors Program occurs at graduation. Provided you have successfully completed all the requirements of the program, College Honors will be conferred upon you. This includes recognition during the graduation ceremony, an honors medal, as well as the special designation on your diploma.

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    Academic Honors, Departmental Distinction and College Honors are honorific designations awarded at graduation. Although these designations have overlapping requirements, they are awarded independently of each other.

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     cum laude; if it is between 3.70 and 3.84, you will graduate magna cum laude; and if it is 3.85 or above, you will graduate summa cum laude.

    Departmental Distinction is awarded to students who have met certain requirements in their department. You will graduate with Departmental Distinction if your final cumulative grade point average is 3.25 or higher, your final departmental grade point average is 3.5 or higher, and you successfully complete a Senior Honors Project in the same department. Be sure to check with your adviser or department chair for any additional departmental requirements.

    College Honors is awarded to students who have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Albright College Honors Program. You will graduate with College Honors if you satisfy the honors course requirements, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and successfully complete a Senior Honors Project.

    Please note that the same Senior Honors Project may count toward both Departmental Distinction and College Honors.

    What Is the Honors Club?

    The persons filling these positions this year are as follows:

    President
    Vice President
    Secretary
    Treasurer
    Faculty Adviser

    The Honors Club plans a variety of activities, including Mohn Meetings, Honors trips, and service projects. The club also cosponsors talks for the campus with other honors societies, such as Psi Chi.

    Mohn Meetings are scheduled as necessary throughout the year to conduct the business of the club. Their purpose is to inform club members of developments in the Program, to solicit feedback from club members on particular decisions that need to be made, and to elect officers in the spring.

    The Honors Club also plans one or two trips a year. Honors students enjoy the opportunity to spend a day in places like New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

    The Honors Club encourages its members to volunteer their time in service projects on campus and in the community. The Honors Chair coordinates the service efforts of members of the Honors Club.

    Whom May I Contact With Questions About The Honors Program?

    Dr. Julia Heberle, Director of the Albright College Honors Program, Chair of the Honors Committee, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Kim Justeson, Director of Experiential Learning

    Dr. Christopher Catone, Coordinator of Senior Honors Projects, Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Trudy Prutzman, Honors Program Secretary

    Cindy Becker, Experiential Learning and Career Development Center Secretary

     

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