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Liberal Arts - Honors Option


The Honors curriculum is designed to serve students who plan to advance into professional life through demanding undergraduate and graduate programs in competitive colleges and universities. Honors prepares its graduates to be exemplary students at their transfer institutions by training them to excel in their mastery of the subtleties of intertextual interpretation, and to understand the role of theory in academics, including knowledge of a range of standard theoretical orientations in the Liberal Arts. Courses in the Honors curriculum stress practice in formal academic presentation in both speaking and writing, and practice in the conventions of academic discourse and behavior.

The Honors curriculum is designed to encourage students to be self-reflective about their own intellectual processes and to become more aware of the requirements of different academic discourses in the humanities and social sciences. The courses required in the Honors curriculum are designed to be transferable to other colleges and universities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the role of theory in academic discourse.
  • Apply strategies for interpretation of texts within and across disciplines.
  • Use academic modes of reading, writing and speaking to interpret texts and participate in academic discourse.

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to interested students who have demonstrated appropriate Honors program placement on the College's writing and reading comprehension examinations. Students who enter the Honors curriculum after completing some college work must have at least a 3.0 GPA in humanities and social science courses. Acceptance into the Honors curriculum requires an informational session with the Honors faculty.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts-Honors, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed (27 credits of which must be in Honors designated courses, including 2 Honors writing courses) and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Typically students in this program complete two full time semesters (15 credits each) as indicated below. Alternatively, students may select one-15 credit block and 12 additional Honors designated credits to equal the required 27 credits in Honors designated courses. Students will work with Honors faculty advisors to select coursework.

Honors Designated Courses:

ENGL 101H, ENGL 102H, ENGL 195H, ENGL 196H

Courses generally offered in full time 15 credit schedule are blocked together and cannot be taken separately. These typically include: ART 104H, ENGL 297H, ENGL 298H, HIST 297H, HIST 298H, HUM 101H, PHIL 297H, PHIL 298H

Courses generally offered in part time 6 credit schedule include: EASC 111H, HIST 103H, PSYC 101H, PSYC 215H, SOC 101H, Honors Writing

Sample Program Sequence:

The following grid represents a student taking general education courses in the first and fourth semesters and 15 Honors credits in each of their second and third semesters. However, students interested in a part time schedule can enroll in six credit blocks of Honors designated courses for 12 of their Honors credits, but must take one 15 credit block in order to graduate

Liberal Arts - Honors Option Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I or (ENGL 101H)   3 credits ENGL 101
Humanities Elective   3 credits Humanities
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher   3 credits Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 credits Tech Comp
Lab Science Elective   4 credits Natural Science

Second Semester

ENGL 102 or ENGL 102H - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit
IDS 297H - Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Ancient and Medieval   3 credits Interpretive Studies, Social Sciences
Honors Designated Course   3 credits  
Honors Designated Course   3 credits  
Honors Designated Course   3 credits  

Third Semester

IDS 298H - Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Modern   3 credits  
Honors Designated Course   3 credits  
Honors Designated Course   3 credits  
Honors Designated Course   3 credits  
Honors Designated Course   3 credits  

Fourth Semester

Science Elective (non-lab or lab)   3/4 credits  
Humanities Elective   3 credits  
General Elective*   3 credits  
General Elective*   3 credits  
General Elective*   3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 61

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required coursesas indicated above except for the American/Global Diversity and Writing Intensive requirements. One course may fulfill both requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

*Depending on the student's major, many, but not all, transfer institutions require some knowledge of a foreign language (from one semester to two years of study at the college level or equivalent). Students should consult with their advisors about appropriate courses to meet specific transfer needs. Depending on the combination of Honors courses they choose, students will take a minimum of three and a maximum of seven general electives.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.