CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COLLEGE HONORS PROGRAM STUDENTS!
MARIA ANDREWS, ’17, FULBRIGHT ENGLISH TEACHING ASSISTANT IN MALAYSIA FOR AY 2017-18
MADISON WEISEND, ’20, BOREN SCHOLAR IN INDIA FOR AY 2017-18
To learn more about how to apply for one of these extraordinary awards, see our External Student Scholarships website.
Click here: Impressive Presentations by College Honors Program Students and Students Completing Honors in the Major Projects during the Spring 2016 Semester
student reflections on the College Honors Program
“I’ve found all of my honors courses to be incredibly enriching, and the smaller class sizes have enabled me to build closer relationships with my professors. As someone who is entering the work force within the next year or so, I think the College Honors Program has helped me to become a lifelong learner and a better worker who is truly interested in what she does, who knows how to work hard, how to do in-depth research and understand different topics, and who can formulate well-developed opinions.”
—Nicole Marlin, ’16
“I can without hesitation say that my honors courses at MMC have been my favorites. They were all intellectually stimulating and full of students who truly cared about the coursework. I feel that the program has better prepared me for my future academic and professional goals.”
—Presley Scott, ’16
Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) educates and empowers all of its students by providing environments for intellectual and creative development. Students take an active role in their education. They examine not only what they are taught but also how they receive, create, and share ideas with others. The College Honors Program (CHP) serves students who want and need a learning environment that is enriched with even greater academic and creative challenges, and who will work and learn with students seeking similar experiences.
WHAT IS THE COLLEGE HONORS PROGRAM?
First, some background:
To complete their General Education requirements, all MMC students need to take at least one course from each of the following categories:
DS1 (Studies in Creative Expression)
DS2 (Studies in Literature and Language)
DS3 (Studies in Natural Science and Math)
DS4 (Studies in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies)
DS5 (Studies in Social Science, Business, and History)
Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives
CP (Cultural Perspectives)
EP (Ethical Perspectives)
IP (International Perspectives)
NP (Natural Science Perspectives)
US (U.S. Perspectives)
The designation “CHP” is used to identify honors courses housed within the General Education curriculum. Certain General Education courses are designated as “CHP” sections. For example, a standard section of Introduction to Ethics is designated PHIL 103-01; a CHP version is designated PHIL 103-HP01, with “HP” standing for Honors Program. Both courses fulfill the requirement to take one General Education course in “Studies in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies,” or Disciplinary Studies 4 (DS 4).
By comparison to standard courses, the work required of students in CHP courses is more academically and/or creatively demanding, and class sizes are generally smaller.
CHP students take six (6) of their eleven (11) General Education courses in designated CHP sections. Students entering the CHP in the first semester of their Junior year—the last opportunity to enter—also take six (6) CHP courses.
What are the criteria for acceptance into the CHP?
Incoming first-year students may be accepted into the CHP on the basis of their high school grades and SAT or ACT scores. They must have achieved a minimum high school academic GPA of 3.5 and a minimum combined SAT score of 1270. The minimum SAT English score is 600; the minimum Math score is 570. Or, students must have achieved a minimum high school academic GPA of 3.5 and a minimum ACT Composite score of 26. The ACT English and Math must each be at least 24. All students who wish to be admitted to the CHP must have at least eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC.
Transfer students must have achieved a minimum academic (core subjects) college GPA of at least 3.5. Transfer students with fewer than 15 college credits must have achieved a minimum combined SAT score of 1270 (minimum 600 English and minimum 570 Math) or a minimum ACT Composite score of 26 (minimum 26 ACT English and 24 ACT Math). All incoming CHP students must have at least eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC.
International students will require the same criteria for admission to CHP for all first-year and transfer students. Those who submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores in lieu of SAT or ACT scores may be considered for CHP as well. They must have high ability as demonstrated by International Baccalaureate (IB) scores or other academic abilities and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All incoming CHP students must have at least eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC.
I am an incoming first-year student. How do I apply to the CHP?
- Complete the MMC or Common Application and submit required transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores.
- All students are considered for the CHP at the time of their application.
- Qualified students will receive an acceptance package and invitation to join the CHP.
- Completed applications are due 1 March.
- Notification of decision is no later than 1 April.
- Students invited into the CHP must notify MMC of their decision to join the program no later than 1 May.
How do first-year students or sophomores at MMC apply for entrance into the CHP?
Depending on the nature of their courses, first-year students and sophomore with a GPA of 3.75 or higher may be invited to join the CHP and to take CHP courses. Students with a 3.5-3.75 GPA are also considered on a case-by-case basis for the program. All students who wish to be admitted to the CHP must have at least eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC. Please contact Prof. Bell (see below) if you would like to join the CHP. Please also consider whether or not you can reasonably fit six (6) CHP sections into your future academic program at MMC.
I am a junior. Can I join the CHP?
Juniors with a GPA of 3.75 or higher may apply in their Fall semester only. They must begin the CHP no later than the Spring semester of their Junior year. Again, they must have eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC and must be able to complete at least six (6) CHP sections before graduation.
I am a senior. Can I join the CHP?
No student may enter the CHP in their Senior year.
I have Advanced Placement (AP) credits from high school / credits from my previous college. Can I use them towards my CHP requirements?
Students may not use AP credits from high school toward their CHP requirements.
Up to two (2) honors-level courses completed at the previous college may be considered toward CHP credits. In such cases, students should provide Prof. Bell with copies of the syllabi of the honors courses and make an appointment to discuss the issue with her.
What are the requirements of the CHP once I am accepted?
All CHP students must maintain a passing grade in all CHP sections and a minimum overall GPA of 3.50 to remain in the program.
Students must be continuously enrolled at MMC to maintain their place in the CHP. If they leave MMC for any reason, they forfeit their place in the CHP. If they return to MMC, their candidacy for the CHP will be reconsidered, though a place in the program is not guaranteed.
CHP students whose GPA has fallen between 3.0 and 3.5 will be placed on academic probation for the following academic year. They will be permitted to enroll in CHP sections. However, if their GPA does not meet or exceed the CHP standard at the end of the one-year probationary period, they will be dropped from the CHP.
Students whose GPA has fallen below 3.0 will be dropped from the CHP and will not be permitted to enroll in CHP sections.
Permission to re-enter the CHP remains at the discretion of the CHP Committee.
No student may re-enter the CHP more than once.
All CHP students must have completed at least two (2) CHP sections by the time they begin their 76th credit hour toward the completion of their degree. Students who have not fulfilled this requirement will be dropped from the CHP and not permitted to re-enter.
All CHP students must adhere to the Academic Standards and Codes of Conduct outlined in the Student Handbook. Failure to adhere to these Standards and Codes will result in permanent dismissal from the CHP.
Does Writing 201 count as a CHP section?
Yes, Writing 201: Advanced Writing Seminar counts as a CHP section.
What are the benefits of joining the CHP?
In the CHP, you will participate in courses with requirements that are more challenging than those in standard courses.
You will work with fellow high-achieving students who share your goals and ambitions.
Your classes will be smaller, with an average size of 10 students.
You will be invited to create, participate in, and attend various extramural activities at the College, including lectures, symposia, performances, and demonstrations.
Is there an additional charge for joining the CHP?
No, CHP sections cost the same as standard courses.
Who determines the nature of CHP courses?
Professors teaching CHP sections determine the nature of their courses and syllabi. The first time a professor teaches a CHP section, the syllabus for that course is submitted to the CHP Committee to review to ensure a consistent standard for all sections within the program. CHP sections are taught by full-time faculty, though on occasion, and with the approval of the CHP Director, CHP sections are taught by Adjuncts.
Will I be identified as a College Honors Program student?
Yes, and this designation will benefit your applications for study abroad, fellowships and grants, and graduate study, as it signals your commitment to an especially high level of academic and/or creative achievement.
Upon graduation, students who have successfully completed all of their CHP requirements have “Graduate, College Honors Program” recorded on their transcript; the designation also accompanies their name in the Commencement program. They wear a gold tassel on their cap at Commencement. Graduating CHP seniors are rewarded with honors at the Senior Awards Ceremony, which is held at the end of the Spring semester.
Note that the designation “Graduate, College Honors Program” is independent of the decision to grant graduating students the honors Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude, which are determined solely on the basis of the student’s GPA, or to grant Honors in the student’s major field of study.
Can I take a CHP section even if I am not a member of the CHP?
Yes. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above who are not in the CHP may petition the CHP Director to join CHP sections. Please email Prof. Bell. If you qualify, she will put your name on a waitlist. If there is room in the CHP section after Sophomore CHP students have registered, you will take a signed Waiver of Pre-requisite (waiving CHP status) to the Center for Student Services and then register for the CHP section. Prof. Bell cannot waive any other course pre-requisites. If you would like to take a course and have not already taken the pre-requisite(s), please email the professor teaching the course to ask for permission.
Salon 220 Events
Several times each semester, CHP students are invited to Salon 220 events. These events are held at the home President Kerry Walk, president of Marymount Manhattan College. They are opportunities for you to meet fellow CHP students and members of the MMC faculty and staff. Each Salon has a theme for the group discussion. Recent themes have included “International Student at MMC,” “What is a City?,” “The Presidential Election,” “Mentoring,” and “Friendships.” If you would like to suggest a topic for a Salon 220 event, please contact Prof. Bell.
Waiving the 39-credit rule for CHP sections
MMC policy holds that a student must complete at least 39 credits before taking an Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives (AIP) course. However, this rule is waived for CHP students in CHP sections. In other words, a CHP student may take a CHP AIP course anytime in her academic career. However, if a CHP student would like to take a standard AIP course before having completed 39 credits, she must petition the Chair of the Division that houses that course. All existing pre-requisites, including WRIT courses, remain in place. If you would like to request a waiver for a course pre-requisite, please ask the faculty member teaching the course.
Independent Study Project for CHP credit
Some College Honors Program students in their final semester at MMC have completed five (5) CHP sections but do not have room in their schedule for a sixth and final CHP section–the last course needed to complete and and graduate from the CHP. In these cases, the student may elect to pursue an Independent Study Project (ISP) for CHP credit. The student needs to be in good standing in the CHP (i.e., must be maintaining a 3.5+ GPA) and the project must be related to a General Education / liberal arts topic. (Students cannot pursue a CHP ISP exclusively in a practice-based field.) The project can relate to work done in a previous course but it must be substantially different or show that it is substantially building on or developing previous research. In these cases, the student’s proposal must include the culminating project or essays from the previous course for reference. In general, the CHP ISP differs from Honors in the Major in that it encourages interdisciplinary investigation.
During the preceding semester of work, the student develops the project in close consultation with her faculty mentor. The student and mentor produce the syllabus and complete ISP paperwork. (Click here for the paperwork: https://www.mmm.edu/live/files/1586-independent-study-certification-and-contractpdf.) The student should then consult with Prof. Adrienne Baxter Bell, Director of the College Honors Program, to ensure that the ISP goes “above and beyond” the standard work for an ISP. To achieve this goal, the student could, for example, produce a publishable paper, give a substantial public presentation at the end of the semester, or even incorporate elements of performance in dance or theatre, or artwork for an exhibition, into their project. The ISP proposal is then reviewed by Dean Katie LeBesco and, separately, by the CHP Committee. Once the proposal is approved, the student can then register for the ISP as a course.
The faculty mentor is entirely responsible for adjudicating the student’s work throughout the semester of the ISP. If the student fulfills or exceeds all of the terms of the ISP, the student will receive CHP credit for it.
For an example of an ISP done for CHP credit, see the work of Lauren Dalal, ’15: https://www.mmm.edu/live/news/1538-lauren-dalal-15-completes-first-college-honors
The Magic of Mentoring
In Fall 2017, the CHP began a new Mentoring Initiative, in which CHP Juniors mentor First-year CHP students. The older students share advice and answer questions on how to navigate the first year of college. The pairs work together for two years, at which point the First-year student, now a Junior, begins to mentor a new First-year student.
LEFT: Madison (Mentor) and Sarah (Mentee) at the Louis Vuitton Show
I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS about the CHP. WHAT DO I DO?
For help with additional questions, contact:
Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell
Professor of Art History
Director, College Honors Program (212) 517-0676; firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Michael Salmon
Dean of Academic Advisement
If you are an incoming student, please contact:
Mr. Jim Rogers
Dean of Admission
The College Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council.