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Liberal Arts - Honors Option

Description:

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 101HENGL 102HENGL 195HENGL 196H

Courses generally offered in full time 15 credit schedule are blocked together and cannot be taken separately. These typically include: ART 104HENGL 297HENGL 298HHIST 297HHIST 298HHUM 101HPHIL 297HPHIL 298H

Courses generally offered in part time 6 credit schedule include: EASC 111HHIST 103HPSYC 101HPSYC 215HSOC 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

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
IDS 298H - Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Modern (Honors)   3 credits  Social Sciences, Interpretive Studies
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)   3 credits ENGL 101
PHIL 298H - Philosophy in the Context of Intellectual History: Modern (Honors) ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
ART 104H - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern (Honors)   3 credits Humanities
ENGL 298H - Literature in the Context of Intellectual History: Modern (Honors) ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
IDS 297H - Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Ancient and Medieval (Honors)   3 credits  
ENGL 102H - English Composition II (Honors) ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit
PHIL 297H - Philosophy in the Context of Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors) ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance   3 credits  
ENGL 297H - Literature in the Context of Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors) ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better    

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
HIST 103H - United States and Pennsylvania History: The 20th Century (Honors) or
PSYC 101H - Introduction to Psychology (Honors) or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
  3 credits  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher) or
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design or
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis
For MATH 137: FNMT 017 or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement
For MATH 150: FNMT 118 ready 
3 credits  
ENGL 195H - Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences I (Honors) ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better
3 credits  
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry
  4 credits Lab Science
Foreign Language 101*   3 credits Am/Global
Diversity

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation   3 credits Natural Science
Foreign Language 102**   3 credits  
ART 101H - Visual Communication (Honors) or
HUM 101H - Cultural Traditions (Honors)
  3 credits  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 credits Tech Comp
ENGL 196H - Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences II (Honors) ENGL 195H 3 credits Writing Intensive

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

61

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

*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.