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Honors in the Major

Marymount Manhattan College offers students the opportunity to complete Honors in a variety of majors.

Students majoring in Art or Art History who have achieved an A or A- in their capstone course (generally offered in the Fall semester of their Senior year), and who have maintained an overall GPA of 3.5+ and a GPA in their major of 3.5+ are invited to pursue an Honors Independent Study in the Spring semester of their Senior year. This option is generally designed for students who wish to pursue graduate work in the field. Students who earn an A or A- in this Honors Independent Study will graduate with Honors in the Major. 

English & World Literatures majors who have maintained a GPA in the major of 3.5+ are invited to apply for an Honors Independent Study (EWL 499), which they would conduct in their final semester. Students who earn an A or A- in this Honors Independent Study will graduate with Honors in the Major. 

For information on three students who completed Honors in the English and World Literatures major, click here: https://www.mmm.edu/live/news/3100-ewl-honors-in-the-major-seniors-present-final

Created under the supervision of a mentor who must be a full-time MMC faculty member, the Honors Independent Study in Art History and English & World Literatures is usually a substantial essay that entails original research. In the Art concentrations, it primarily takes the form of a body of artwork and exhibition, though there will be additional requirements.

Students in all majors give an oral presentation, open to the public, on their work at the end of the semester. 

To pursue this track, Art, Art History, and EWL majors should secure the mentorship of a faculty member in her major. Then, the student and mentor will complete the Independent Study Certification and Contract and submit it to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for approval. If the student completes or exceeds the terms of the Contract, Honors in the Major will be awarded. 

Advanced Psychology majors who have obtained a 3.5+ GPA overall and a 3.5+ GPA in Psychology may pursue a Senior Honors Thesis (PSYCH 492) in place of a capstone course. This option is designed for students intending to go to graduate school. These students will complete an honors project—an advanced-level paper that is either a sophisticated, original empirical research project or a comprehensive, in-depth literature review.  If the project meets the requirements of the program, the student will graduate with Honors in Psychology. Students who wish to participate in this option must meet with the Chair of the Department Honors Committee at least one semester in advance of the planned participation. 

Students in Biology and Biomedical Sciences may elect to pursue a Thesis Track, which involves three consecutive semesters of Natural Sciences research. See this website for more information: https://www.mmm.edu/departments/natural-sciences/thesis.php 

To qualify for Honors in the Major, a student must have completed at least 75 credits at MMC. 

Students who earn Honors in the Major will have this commendation recorded on their final transcript.

Honors in the Major is entirely independent of the College Honors Program. It is also distinct from Latin Honors, which are awarded at graduation on the basis of a student’s overall GPA: cum laude (GPA 3.50-3.69), magna cum laude (GPA 3.70-3.89), or summa cum laude (GPA 3.90-4.0). 

Example of an Honors in the Major project

In Spring 2019, Psychology major Amanda Anzovino, ’19, worked on an Honors project that compared female police officer representation in U.S. municipal police departments in 1998 versus 2018. A Jeanette K. Watson Fellow, Amanda did original research for her project while completing a Watson-sponsored internship at the National Center for Women and Policing in Washington, DC. She later spoke about her research at the 31st Annual Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research, winning an award for best presentation on forensic/applied psychology. She also presented a poster of her research at the Eastern Psychological Association Convention in June 2020.

L-R: Amanda Anzovino ('19), Dr. Linda Solomon, Brianne Rogers ('19)L-R: Amanda Anzovino ('19), Dr. Linda Solomon, Brianne Rogers ('19)

Students who completed Honors in the Major in 2020

Julia Furnari, Honors in Biology, sponsored by Dr. Ann Aguanno. Project: “Investigating the Role of CDK5 in Alzheimer’s Disease and Type II Diabetes Mellitus”

Marjan Khan, Honors in Biology, sponsored by Dr. Alessandra Leri. Project: “Quantification of Fecal Indicator Bacteria on New York City Sidewalks and Evaluation of Transfer to the Indoor Environment”

Luisa Montoya, Honors in Studio Art, sponsored by Prof. Beth Shipley

Patrick Riley, Honors in Psychology, sponsored by Dr. Nava Silton

Annemarie Sims, Honors in English and World Literatures, sponsored by Dr. Cecilia Feilla

Brandon Tran, Honors in Biology, sponsored by Dr. Ann Aguanno. Project: “Implementation of a Cell Culture-Based Lab Module in Cell and Molecular Biology”

Julia Furnari '20 & Brandon Tran '20Julia Furnari '20 & Brandon Tran '20

Students who completed Honors in the Major in 2019

Amanda Anzovino, Honors in Psychology, co-sponsored by Dr. Linda Solomon and Dr. Cheryl Paradis

Briana F. Defranco, Honors in Photography, sponsored by Prof. Millie Falcaro

Margaret (Peggy) Fioco, Honors in English and World Literatures, sponsored by Dr. Julie Huntington. Project: “‘Pacify My Mind’: Slave Women’s Escapism of Trauma through the Musicality of Spiritualism and Storytelling”

Sadie M. Inman, Honors in Studio Art, sponsored by Prof. Beth Shipley

Emily Karandy, Honors in English and World Literatures, sponsored by Dr. Mike Colvin. Project: “Sex Drives: Discussing Sexual Violence and the Thwarting of the Male Orgasm in Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat and Judith Rosner’s Looking for Mr. Goodbar.”

Lauren L’Heureux, Honors in English and World Literatures, sponsored by Dr. Martha Sledge. Project: The Colonist Prescriptions of Identity: Regaining Autonomy Through the Use of the Magical and Fantastical in the Work of Salman Rushdie”

Students who Completed Honors in the Major in 2018

L-R: Emma Kamen ('18), Rosie Wenrich ('17), and Dr. Alessandra Leri at Rosie's Honors in Biology ...L-R: Emma Kamen ('18), Rosie Wenrich ('17), and Dr. Alessandra Leri at Rosie's Honors in Biology Defense

 Kayleigh Barbarulo, Honors in English and World Literatures

Stephanie Edmonds, Honors in English and World Literatures

John Hamelburg, Honors in Art (Studio Art)

Emma Kamen, Honors in Biomedical Sciences, sponsored by Dr. Alessandra Leri. Project: “The Urban Ecosystem: A First-Year Course to Boost Cohort Formation and STEM Retention”

Jennelie Korbes, Honors in Psychology

Miranda Nichols, Honors in English and World Literatures

Cristina Shea, Honors in Psychology

Emma Suzuki-Jones, Honors in Art (Photography)

Kelly Tarbell, Honors in Psychology

Tracy Tauro, Honors in Biomedical Sciences

Gabriela Valencia, Honors in English and World Literatures

 

Students who Completed Honors in the Major in 2017

Taylor Allen, Honors in Biomedical Sciences

Cody Gambino, Honors in English and World Literatures

Wesley Hayden, Honors in English and World Literatures

Emily Inman, Honors in English and World Literatures

Elevit Perez, Honors in Biomedical Sciences

Penny Pun, Honors in English and World Literatures

Elias Ramos, Honors in English and World Literatures

Rosie Wenrich, Honors in Biology, sponsored by Dr. Alessandra Leri. Project: “Oxidation-Induced Changes in Marine Biomass: From Phytoplankton to Sedimentary Organic Matter”

Sarah Young, Honors in English and World Literatures

Students who Completed Honors in the Major in 2015

Marisa Dunigan, Honors in Biology, sponsored by Dr. Alessandra Leri. Project: “Antioxidant Activity in Edible Brown Seaweed”

Alexandra Fowle, Honors in Art History, sponsored by Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell. Project: “Methodical Individuality: The Landscape Painting and Philosophy of William Hart”

Katherine Ness, Honors in Biomedical Sciences, sponsored by Dr. Alessandra Leri. Project: “Organochlorine By-Product Formation in Ozone Bleaching and Afterclearing Processes”

Estée Tanel O’Connor, Honors in Art History, sponsored by Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell. Project: “Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Composite Art: Visual and Aural Gesamtkunstwerken in the Victorian Era.”

Questions about Honors in the Major? Contact Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell, Professor of Art History; Director, College Honors Program; Coordinator of Honors in the Major; Director, External Student Scholarships, at abell@mmm.edu