Honors Program

Let Your Intellectual Curiosity Get the Best of You

Overview

Small seminars, interesting topics, highly motivated peers; if you want to get the most out of your academic experience the St. Francis College Honors Program is for you.

With classmates as exceptionally talented and intellectually curious as yourself, you'll have the opportunity to complete enriching projects and dive deepSmall seminars, highly motivated peers; get the most out of your academic experience.
into a subject that matters to you.

Each year Freshman Seminars focus on a single theme like: the American Civil War, a sustainable environment, or our digital society. Topics are strengthened with guest lecturers and special events including the Dr. Francis J. Greene Honors Lecture Series.

As you work your way through St. Francis you'll also have the opportunity for numerous field trips,. Study Abroad, and the option to present your Honors Thesis at regional Honors Conferences.

The Honors Program is about more than academics, though, students become part of the larger Brooklyn community by volunteering with local organizations.

Find out how you can become part of the Honors Program by contacting:

Program Director: John Dilyard 718.489.5347

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Courses & Program Info

Mission

The Honors Program’s mission is to form a community of active, life-long learners who will become adept at functioning in a complex, increasingly interconnected world. This is accomplished through interdisciplinary courses anchored in the liberal arts. The Program strengthens its students intellectually by challenging them academically, encouraging their intellectual curiosity, and honing their research, writing, critical thinking and speaking skills. Keeping with the College’s Franciscan roots, Honors students constantly are encouraged to embrace the key Franciscan values of care of creation, compassion, humility and service to others. By offering courses in a wide variety of disciplines, the Program enhances the academic experience of every major.

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Faculty

Gerard Davidson

Gerard Davidson

Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Physics, Honors
John Dilyard

John Dilyard

Associate Professor
Management & Information Technology, Honors, Environmental Studies
Virginia Franklin

Virginia Franklin

Associate Professor
English, Honors
Marina Gair

Marina Gair

Assistant Professor
Education, Honors
Uwe Gielen

Uwe Gielen

Director, Institute for International & Cross Cultural Psychology, Professor Emeritus
Psychology, Honors
Francis Greene

Francis Greene

Professor Emeritus
Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, and International Cultural Studies, Honors
Esther Klein

Esther Klein

Associate Professor
Management & Information Technology, Honors
Jennifer Lancaster

Jennifer Lancaster

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor
Psychology, Honors
Ian Maloney

Ian Maloney

Associate Professor
English, American Studies, Honors
Jaskiran Mathur

Jaskiran Mathur

Associate Professor of Sociology, Director Professional Studies
Sociology & Criminal Justice, Honors, Professional Studies
Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan

Department Chairperson, Professor
Biology & Health Promotion, Honors, Environmental Studies
Miriam Salholz

Miriam Salholz

Associate Professor
Accounting & Business Law, Sports Management, American Studies, Honors
Gregory Tague

Gregory Tague

Professor
English, Honors
Edward Wesley

Edward Wesley

Associate Professor
English, Honors

News & Events

News

St. Francis Celebrates Spring Graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

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Charter Day Celebrates Scholarship

St. Francis College proudly celebrated its top students and Fr. Patrick Desbois, a man working to honor victims of the Holocaust, at the 133rd Charter Day convocation on April 28, 2017

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Project Access Year-End Celebration

The year-end Project Access ceremony celebrated the success of a top graduate at St. Francis College as well as the potential of students currently in the program on April 27, 2017.

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Baseball as a Road to God with John Sexton

The rain washed out a night of New York Mets baseball April 25, but there was no stopping Dr. John Sexton from delivering his talk, Baseball as a Road to God, at a special St. Francis College presentation at Citi Field, hosted by Mets Owner Fred Wilpon.

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My Italian Secret: Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust

Two producers of My Italian Secret: Forgotten Heroes, Vincent Marmorale and Vincent Degiaimo '72, a graduate of St. Francis College, came to St. Francis April 24, 2017 to screen the film then talk about the movie and the heroism of the Italians who saved thousands of lives during the Holocaust.

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Upcoming Events

Dr. Francis J. Greene Honors Lecture

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Goals & Objectives

  • Read, analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
  • Actively engage in seminar discussions.
  • Plan, organize and make oral presentations.
  • Write essays and reports that are well-conceived, well-organized and well written.
  • Take advantage of and participate in the cultural resources found in the metropolitan area.
  • Become aware of the interconnectedness of knowledge.
  • Conduct original research and explore perspectives on existing theories, concepts and ideas.

The Honors program provides students the opportunity to study and investigate areas of interdisciplinary concern and personal interest. The Program requires the student to enroll in and complete eight three-credit Honors courses, beginning with a year-long freshman seminar and ending in a year-long senior thesis. The freshman seminars are focused around a timely theme chosen by the Honors Director. The topic of the Honors Thesis is chosen by the individual Honors student and requires the student to engage in in-depth research, guided by a mentor chosen by the student, culminating in a polished, thoroughly documented research paper. Students have the opportunity to present their research at an annual Honors Symposium. Each thesis is carefully monitored by the mentor and is critically examined by a designated reader from the Honors Council.

Independent research and self-motivated study are combined in Honors seminars. Brief essays, oral presentations, and longer research projects form the basis for grades in the seminars. Formal testing is neither used, nor permitted. Field trips are encouraged, and attendance at or participation in cultural and social activities at the College are expected, as is a service component.
The non-freshman Honors courses that are offered each semester are selected from a large and constantly growing collection of courses. This course catalog includes all active Honors courses, but Honors students should check with the Program Director’s office to learn about new courses that will be offered. Decisions about which Honors courses are offered are made each semester and will appear on WebAdvisor during registration periods. Honors students have priority registration and are eligible to register for courses on the first day of registration.

Membership in the Honors program is limited. Qualified admitted freshmen are invited into the program based on a combination of test scores and high school performance.
Transfer students, second semester freshman and, at times, sophomores who demonstrate academic talent and interest in the Honors Program may also be invited into the Program. Once in the Program, Honors students are required to maintain at least a 3.50 grade point average and show progress toward meeting their Honors course requirements.

All students interested in additional information about the Honors program should contact the Director.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Program Requirements

  • Students are required to take 2 Freshman Honors Seminars, an additional 4 Honors Seminars and complete an Honors thesis of 6 credits in their senior year.
  • Students generally take one seminar each semester
  • Presentations, papers and projects replace tests and exams
  • Students conduct research projects, take field trips and study abroad
  • A GPA of 3.5 must be maintained
  • Students must engage in an authorized community service project each semester.
  • Students must attend at least 3 Honors Events each semester.
  • Sophomores and transfer students may apply to the Honors Program if they have a GPA of 3.7 and above

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Thesis Dates & Deadlines

Milestone

Due Date

Thesis Assignment 2nd week of September
Proposal Presentation & Submission Mid-October
Revised Proposal and 10-15 pages November
(after Thanksgiving break)
30- 40 pages
February
Final Draft 55-60 pages March
Reader’s report to Honors Council
First Monday in April
Final copy of thesis
Third Monday in April
Honors Symposium
Late April

Click for complete Honors Thesis Guidelines