Types of Honors Courses
At times, Honors students find it difficult to meet the demands of their particular academic discipline and the requirements of the Honors College. We have therefore attempted to create as much flexibility with the types of Honors courses that are offered each semester to meet the needs of the Honors students. The following are the variations of Honors Courses offered each semester and ways in which students can earn honors credit for other courses:
Exclusive Honors Courses These are classes offered every semester that are only open to Honors students.
Non-Exclusive Honors Courses These are courses in which a specified number of seats are held open for Honors students. The rest of the seats are open to non-Honors students. Courses which are listed as Non-Exclusive Honors are usually upper level courses taught by Pace faculty which the Honors Director and Faculty Advisor have determined to be challenging enough to warrant an Honors course designation.
Honors Option Courses An Honors student may take ANY 200-level or above course for Honors credit if the student applies for the Honors Option. (For more information on Honors Option courses, see the form, Information on Honors Option Courses). The application process involves getting permission from the faculty member and an agreement to submit extra work for the course to be detailed in the Application for Honors Option Work Form. The student must submit this form to Dr. Dupont for final approval before the semester begins. The student must receive a B- or higher in the class. To verify that the student met all of the requirements of the course, the faculty member must submit the Honors Option Grade Form at the end of the semester. Students who enter the Honors College as a freshman can do TWO (2) Honors Option courses in their academic careers at Pace; transfer students are allowed to do ONE (1) Honors Option course. Applications for an Honors Option are available at the beginning of each semester on the Honors College website and in the Honors office.
Senior Thesis All Honors students must complete an Honors Thesis which is due in the student’s last semester. Students will defend their thesis to their advisor and a second reader in a brief presentation upon its completion. The thesis is to be original and good enough to submit to a graduate school in the student’s field as a sample of their best scholarly work. The thesis must be a minimum of 25 pages unless an exception is granted by the Director. The thesis may be completed in any field but is most commonly in the student’s major. Examples of acceptable topics include those that involve laboratory research (sciences); critical analysis of works of literature, philosophy or art (humanities); research using original sources or field work (social sciences, marketing); original programming (computer science); analysis of business practices, laws or standards (accounting, finance, management); or a creative piece of work (art, poetry, theatre). The thesis must be completed under the supervision of a faculty mentor in that field. Students must obtain academic credit in some form for their thesis work. In order to do so, students can take one of a number of approaches. One option is to use a “springboard” course (often called a Capstone course or Senior Seminar) which is designed to produce a thesis. If there is no Capstone course in the student’s major, the student may get credit for the thesis through an Independent Study course in that field or by taking HON 499. HON 499 is a one-credit course that is geared toward the Senior Thesis. The class focuses on research methods for all majors and disciplines. The Business Honors Program also offers the following thesis courses for its students: FIN 495, ACC 495, MGT 495, MAR 495, and ACC 692Q (for BBA/MBA students only). For more information about acceptable courses for the thesis, refer to the „List of Acceptable Springboard Courses‟ form.
Internships Any Honors student may receive honors credit for successfully completing an internship either during a semester or the summer break. Students who wish to receive Honors credit for an internship must contact Dr. Dupont at the BEGINNING of the term in which the student is completing the internship to discuss the internship. The student must get the internship provider to fill out the Internship Application Form and submit it to Dr. Dupont for final approval before the student begins the internship. At the end of the internship, the student must a) have the internship supervisor submit the Internship Grade Form verifying that the student completed all the requirements of the internship, and b) write an 8-10 page essay on an academic topic which grows out of the internship experience. This is not a “what I did on my internship” paper; it should be an academic, research type paper that is inspired by something the student experienced, worked on, or was exposed to in the internship. Topics should be approved by Dr. Dupont – but the topic is ultimately up to the student’s discretion.
Travel Abroad/Study Abroad Course The Honors College encourages Honors students to take a travel course or study abroad during their careers here at Pace. Students can receive Honors course credit for either doing a travel course or for studying abroad. In order to get honors credit, arrangements must be made with the Honors College office at the BEGINNING of the semester in which the travel course is taken or the study abroad is initiated.