Let Your Intellectual Curiosity Get the Best of You
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
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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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.
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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- Dr. Francis J. Greene Honors Lecture
- Goals & Objectives
- Program Requirements
- Thesis Dates & Deadlines
- 2016 - Leymah Gbowee
- Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Winner
- 2015 - Cesar Vargas '05
- First undocumented immigrant admitted to the New York Bar
- 2014 - Gabriella Coleman
- Author, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous
- 2013 - Jeffrey Sachs
- Director of the Earth Institute and leading advocate for ending global poverty
- 2012 - Michael Pierson
- Civil War Historian
- 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.
- 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
|Thesis Assignment||2nd week of September|
|Proposal Presentation & Submission||Mid-October|
|Revised Proposal and 10-15 pages||November
(after Thanksgiving break)
|30- 40 pages
|Final Draft 55-60 pages||March|
|Reader’s report to Honors Council
||First Monday in April|
|Final copy of thesis
||Third Monday in April|
Click for complete Honors Thesis Guidelines