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Information for Prospective and Current Students

The central goal of the program is to provide both challenge and support for qualified students through a special curriculum designed to enhance both depth and breadth and to cultivate critical thinking and creative habits of mind.  The program enrolls 90-95 students (from both campuses) each year, about 10% of the freshman class. The program is open to students of all majors. A typical student in the program would have a GPA of 3.5 or better; a 1300 or greater on the new SAT (with a score of at least 640 in Evidenced-based Reading and Writing and a score of at least 620 in Math); or an ACT Composite of 27 or better.

  1. Completion of BHP requires 24 honors credits (8 courses, average of 1 each semester).
    Note: Students in CBA Honors can also complete BHP if they wish. They do not have to decide until after completing BHP 100 and BHP 150.  They may count any 2 CBA Honors courses toward the BHP certificate, and their CBA senior thesis can be shaped to count for BHP as well.
  2. BHP courses substitute for a range of core (general education) requirements and in some cases majors or minors. Sometimes students take one or more as electives. With planning and advising, students of any major (or even double major) can complete BHP.  Typically, 5 different upper-level (non-freshman) courses are offered each semester, and students are advised in advance as to how the courses can help them fill requirements for graduation.
  3. Freshmen are automatically placed in BHP 100 (Great Ideas I) in fall (substitutes for CMP 100) and then take BHP 150 (Great Ideas II) in spring (substitutes for CMP 125).
    • Note 1: Students who may have AP credit for composition and/or literature are nonetheless strongly encouraged to take BHP 100, as it is the gateway to the honors program.
    • Note 2: Some students’ first-semester schedules may include an Honors section of COM 105 (Mass Media Communication).  COM 105 is required for Communication/Journalism majors and, for others, counts as a social science core course. This honors section will count as 3 honors credits toward the BHP certificate.]Several other single-discipline honors courses (e.g., ENG 295) also count for both core and BHP requirements.
  4. Completing BHP: In addition to BHP 100 and BHP 150, students must take
    • At least 2 additional courses with the “BHP” heading, which signals that the courses are unique, developed and team-taught by profs from different fields: Upper-Level Courses
    • A senior capstone –an independent project advised by a faculty mentor–counts for 3 credits: Planning your Thesis
    • The remaining 9 credits can be done as more BHP courses, and/or honors contracts in courses needed for a major or minor: Honors Contracts
    • Note: Education majors typically take a required sophomore course—EDU 206: Developmental Ed. Psych—as an honors contract course.
    • In addition, Study Abroad can be counted as the equivalent of an honors course through various options (see Study Abroad on homepage menu.) Other co-curricular activities, such as Model UN, can also be shaped to count as the equivalent of an honors course. The program is flexible, intended to accommodate individual needs.
  5. Program perks include summer reading and fall dinner/ice breaker (including discussion of book), special freshman residential community in designated wing of Ziegler, priority registration, advising “parties” with pizza, free tickets to Fine Arts Theater events, individual faculty mentoring on senior projects, capstone dinner celebration.
  6. BHP Students are expected to have earned a 3.3 GPA by the time they are sophomores. Students whose GPA’s are below 3.3 will not have the privilege of early course registration, but in most circumstances they may remain in the program and may enroll in a BHP course with the director’s permission.

Questions should be addressed to the BHP Director, Dr. Bryan Spiegelberg, at [email protected] or (609) 896-7729.