Wheelock Honors Program FAQs

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Tina Durand
Honors Program Coordinator
tdurand@wheelock.edu
617-879-2254

1. What are the benefits of participating in the Honors Program?
2. Do I have to take all Honors classes to be in the program?
3. What are the requirements for completing the Honors Program?
4. As an Honors student, will I receive academic advice to help me through the program?
5. What makes an honors-designated class an honors class?
6. How much of the general education requirement do Honors courses fulfill?
7. Will I have a limited choice of majors if I participate in the program?
8. Are Honors students separated from the rest of their classmates in residence life or in the classroom?
9. What will happen if I decide to leave the Honors Program?
10. Is the Honors Program affiliated with any national or regional organizations?

1. What are the benefits of participating in the Honors Program?

Joining the Honors Program brings you a learning experience that will benefit you far beyond your college years. It is your opportunity to explore new ideas, to research topics alongside your peers and professors, and to assume a position of intellectual leadership in the college community. The membership fee for the Wheelock chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, an international Honor Society in the social sciences that focuses on service and scholarship, is paid for Wheelock Honors students (apply during the sophomore year). As well, you may have the opportunity to attend the Northeast Regional Honors Council conference that is held each year (limited funding available).

2. Do I have to take all Honors classes to be in the program?

No. In the Wheelock Honors Program, you are required to take at least eight honors-designated courses before the end of your senior year to complete the Program. Honors students will typically take one or two of these classes each semester. In your junior year, you must take a required course, HON 350: Research Across the Disciplines, that is designed to support you in the development and formal proposal of your Senior Honors Project (Humanities majors may substitute LIT 400 or HIS 400 for HON 350).

3. What are the requirements for completing the Honors Program?

After completing eight honors designated courses, you will be expected to complete an independent project (the Honors Project) under the supervision of a faculty member. This could take the form of a creative project, a research project, a community service project, or advanced study in an academic discipline. You will present your project to your peers in the Honors Program and to members of the Wheelock community at a special presentation event in the spring of your senior year.

4. As an Honors student, will I receive academic advice to help me through the program?

Yes. In addition to your academic advisor, the Honors Program Coordinator is available to counsel Honors students and answer questions about choices and requirements.

5. What makes an honors-designated class an honors class?

In Honors courses, assignments and discussions will challenge your critical, creative, and practical intelligence. You will be expected to complete substantial readings or problem sets in preparation for class sessions, and you will be introduced to advanced methods of analysis.

6. How much of the general education requirement do Honors courses fulfill?

All honors-designated courses are Arts & Sciences courses, and each meets a specific general education requirement. However, in order to fulfill the requirements of the College, you will also need to take other general education courses that are not honors designated. All of these selections will be made by you in collaboration with your academic advisor.

7. Will I have a limited choice of majors if I participate in the program?

No. You may major -or double major-in any subject when participating in the program. In addition, an Honors Project may be completed in any discipline or major in the College.

8. Are Honors students separated from the rest of their classmates in residence life or in the classroom?

At Wheelock College, the Honors Program is designed to encourage the participation of any student who has a passion for learning. There is no separate Honors residence arrangement. You will take many classes in the regular curriculum, and you will get to know students outside of the Honors Program. The majority of Honors-designated classes are in fact open to all students, on a space-available basis. As a Wheelock College Honors student, however, you will show intellectual leadership in the College through your committed participation in the Honors Program.

9. What will happen if I decide to leave the Honors Program?

A student may decide to leave the Honors Program and pursue study in the regular mode. There is no stigma attached to a crossover from Honors to the regular curriculum. If a student decides to leave the Program, he or she may still enroll in honors-designated courses but may not undertake the Honors Project or graduate as an Honors Program student.

10. Is the Honors Program affiliated with any national or regional organizations?

The Wheelock Honors Program is a member of the Northeast Regional Honors Council, an organization of students, faculty, and administrators dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate Honors learning.

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