The goal of the CAS Honors Program is to enhance the undergraduate curriculum by providing high performing students with challenging classroom experiences and first-hand exposure to scholarship and research. Honors students participate in intensive, disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses and may chose to work closely with a faculty member on high quality scholarship or research projects within their major field of study. Depending on the respective department, honors students might be required to complete a Written Thesis, Oral Presentation, and Thesis Defense. Upon fulfilling the honors criteria of the department and of the CAS honors program (see below) “Honors” will be indicated on the graduating transcript.
There are two “tracks” in the Honors Program, a Research Honors Option and a Scholastic Honors Option. The Research option includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member as well as taking a limited number of Honors courses. The Scholastic option entails taking a larger number of Honors courses but does not contain any research thesis or scholarship requirement.
Different departments might have additional requirements that can be found out from the respective department. Students can join the program and become an “Honors student” by maintaining a GPA > 3.50 (or higher, see respective department honors guidelines), and completing the sophomore research seminar, see below. Further details are spelled out in the Honors guidelines document (attached to this announcement)
The Sophomore research seminar will be offered the first time in the Spring 2010 semester as:
HONR 180 Introduction to Research Across the Disciplines, 1 credit, M 3:30-4:50, Instructor: Maryann Corsello
HONR 180 is an introduction to research, scholarship, and creative activity in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities through presentations by UNE faculty and invited speakers. It is an opportunity for students to learn how problems are defined and studied in the various disciplines. By the end of the course, students will have gained an overview about research opportunities that may be of interest to them. The course is open to all first and second year students. This course is a requirement for all students applying to the Honors Program.
For more information please contact the co-chairs of the Honors committee Teresa Dzieweczynski or Markus Frederich