Honors Program Curriculum
The heart of the Honors curriculum is a sequence of courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years. These courses work together to provide a comprehensive overview of the intellectual and social forces which have shaped the modern world. Each semester in this sequence is devoted to an integrated study of the art, history, literature, music, philosophy and religion of a particular period. In addition, special courses in mathematics and the sciences for non-science majors help to bring out these disciplines' important role in contemporary society. This sequence is followed by two courses in the junior year which focus on different social and ethical problems of the modern world.
The capstone of the Honors curriculum is the senior thesis, an extended research project prepared under the individual guidance of a faculty mentor in one's major field. Graduate and professional schools, as well as prospective employers, recognize the thesis as a clear indication of a student's ability to do independent work at an advanced level. Recent theses have examined topics as diverse as the roles of women in modern films, the constitutional implications of total quality management, and the effects of cellular aging on human chromosomes.
The Honors curriculum takes the place of the regular Fordham College at Rose Hill Core Curriculum, with the exception of the language requirement. Credit is, of course, granted for certain advanced placement courses taken in high school and for college courses taken elsewhere, though we try to minimize any exemptions from Honors courses to preserve the integration and integrity of the program. Most students enter the program at the beginning of their first year, though it is possible for a certain number of students with strong academic records to join in the middle of that year and at the beginning of their sophomore year. Because Honors courses usually take the form of small seminars of no more than fourteen students, enrollment in the program is necessarily limited to around twenty-five students each year. Members of the program are normally expected to maintain a grade average of 3.5. Successful completion of the program entitles the student to the designation in cursu honorum on the diploma and the transcript.