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The Wilkes University Honors Program cultivates opportunities for self-directed, self-motivated, intellectually curious students to join others with shared interests and aspirations in a collaborative learning community.

Generally, honors course components enable students to pursue breadth, depth, complexity and/or interdisciplinarity within their undergraduate education, helping to cultivate knowledge and skills that advance students’ intellectual, personal and professional development; their contributions to the Wilkes campus community; and their preparation for post-graduate success, whether through employment or continued education.

Honors components should constitute approximately 15-20% of a student’s work in a class. This could be quantified by proportion of final grade and/or by proportion of total assignments.

Options: Potential Modes of Learning

  • independent work, such as a research, case study or creative project within the student’s discipline (in-depth learning)
  • exploration of broad themes and/or enduring questions across disciplines (breadth of learning)
  • experiential learning, such as internships, field work and study abroad
  • service-learning (conscious and purposeful integration of service and learning elements)
  • residential learning community (conscious and purposeful integration of living and learning elements)
  • intercollegiate undergraduate academic competitions, presentations/conferences, and/or publications
  • experimental or innovative pedagogy

Options: Potential Topics

  • trends, issues and/or best practices within the student’s discipline
  • communities, ideas, practices, methodologies and/or values unfamiliar to the student

Options: Potential Skill Outcomes

  • problem solving
  • project management
  • critical reading (ability to evaluate evidence-based arguments and judgments)
  • critical thinking (ability to make evidence-based arguments and judgments)
  • clear and persuasive writing
  • clear and persuasive oral presentation
  • artistic literacy
  • metacognition (analysis of not just what is known, but also of how it comes to be known)
  • comfort with ambiguity, uncertainty and the unfamiliar

The Wilkes University Honors Program endorses the core values of academic rigor (beyond academic expectations of regular section offerings), leadership, integrity (demonstrated learning of ethics and values), self-awareness (emphasis on self-reflection), importance of building community and appreciating diversity. Honors course components should reflect one or more of these core values.

Terminology

&H (“And H”)

An &H section is added to an existing course in which both honors and non-honors students are enrolled to signal that the honors students have the opportunity to earn honors course credit. To earn this credit, honors students must be enrolled specifically in the &H section and they must satisfactorily complete work complementary to the existing syllabus. An honors student is allowed only one grade of 2.5 in an honors course to receive honors credit. All other honors course grades must be a minimum of 3.0.

H (“standalone Honors course”)

An H section signals that all students enrolled in the course complete work that would yield honors credit for that course. Non-honors students could enroll in such a course with instructor permission, but while they would need to complete all of the same work as the honors students, they would receive only non-honors credit. An honors student is allowed only one grade of 2.5 in an honors course to receive honors credit. All other honors course grades must be a minimum of 3.0.

Spring 2021 Honors Courses

Note: For courses that have Honors ("&H") sections, students must register for the &H section to get Honors credit.

  • ACC 161 &H - Fin Acct & Dec Making - Chisarick C 
    • Description coming soon.
  • ACC 322 &H - Advanced Taxes - Chisarick C *   
    • This course is pending approval from the HPAC, and is not live yet.
  • ANT 102 &H - Cultural Anthropology/HONORS  - Winkler L  
    • This course surveys the methods and topics used in the study, description, and comparison of human cultures. Topics include a look at various aspects of human cultures around the world, intercultural relations, globalization and modern issues, and theories used to explain human culture. Course content is based upon case and cross-cultural studies. Honors students: Students enrolled in the Honor’s designated section of this course are expected to read an assigned ethnography and complete a book review of it. In addition, they are expected to do independent research on the current status of the cultural group featured in the ethnography and do an in-class presentation using power-point on their ethnography and the current status of the group.
  • BA 335 &H - Law and Business- Lee K
    • This course provides a foundation for understanding how the law functions; the laws protecting consumers and employees; and the law of contracts, sales, and business organizations. In addition to the other assignments, For Honors students, each student will be responsible for preparing a presentation on an assigned topic in business law. Past topics have included Blockchain “Smart” contracts and Religious Accommodation in the workplace. This presentation will require outside research and will be presented in draft form first to the professor and at the end of the semester in final form to a local business executive.
  • BIO 324 &H  - Molecular Biology - Terazaghi W *
    • This course is pending approval from the HPAC and is not live yet.
  • BIO 369 &H - Plant Physiology -  Terzaghi W *
    • This course is pending approval from the HPAC and is not live yet.
  • BIO 398 &H - Human Anatomy - Kalter V *
    • This course is pending approval from the HPAC and is not live yet.
  • CHM 392 &H - Senior Research II - STAFF *
    • This course is pending approval from the HPAC and is not live yet.
  • COM 300 &H - Communication Criticism - Briceno M
    • Description coming soon.
  • CS 115 &H - Computers and Applications - Summerlin N
    • Description coming soon.
  • CS 226 &H - Computer Science IV - Bracken B 
    • Description coming soon.
  • EC 102 &H - Principles of Econ II/HONORS - Seeley R
    • The course presents basic economic concepts such as opportunity cost, comparative advantage and supply and demand.  It provides an introduction to microeconomics focusing on: the efficiency of markets versus government interventions; the importance of competition in the functioning of markets; consumer behavior; labor markets and differences in earnings; the incidence and real cost of taxes; public policy regarding pollution; and free trade versus protectionism. Honors students: Write two papers that account for 10% of final grade.
  • ED 220 &H - Teach Cult/Linguist Diversity - Polachek D
    • This course will address the need for multicultural education by addressing topics such as racism, bias, and cultural information in order to help students develop strategies for creating within their classrooms a knowledge of, and appreciation and respect for diversity. Honors students: An additional, rigorous assignment is required to demonstrate critical thinking—reflection, analysis, and synthesis—and writing skills. This assignment involves planning, researching, and writing a scholarly paper relevant to the content presented in ED 220: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.
  • ED 341 &H - Language Arts in Education - Polachek D
    • The purpose of this course is to inform and actively involve prospective teachers in the most developmentally effective methods for teaching language arts at the early childhood and elementary school levels. Honors students: For Honors students enrolled in ED 341, an additional, rigorous assignment is required to demonstrate critical thinking (reflection, analysis and synthesis) and writing skills. This assignment involves planning, researching and writing a scholarly paper relevant to the content presented in ED 341: Language Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
  • ED 345 &H - Assessment in Education - McHenry D
    • Description coming soon.
  • EE 339 &H - Lab/Engineer. Electromagnet - Sabouni A
    • This course is pending approval from the HPAC and is not live yet.
  • EE 382 &H - Modern Communications - Sabouni A
    • This course is pending approval from the HPAC and is not live yet.
  • EES 272 &H - Env Map II: AdvGIS Rem Sens-CI - Karimi B
    • An advanced course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. GIS topics build upon introductory-level coursework in EES 271, and introduce more advanced applications of GIS software such as density mapping and interpolation of point data (geostatistical methods), surface analysis and 3D modeling of environmental data, open source alternatives to ArcGIS, and web map development and design. Remote sensing topics include aerial and satellite visual imagery, digital image processing, photogrammetry, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), and multispectral remote sensing systems and theory. The course will also include case studies of remote sensing and GIS techniques applied in environmental studies. Field use of GPS is emphasized, in addition to the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to capture aerial digital imagery. Laboratory component emphasizes practical skills and tools in achieving desired results in processing geospatial data, particularly raster data types. Honors students complete a term project.
  • ENG 120 H - Cultural Crossroads - Davis H
    • The honors section is unique given two specific assignments that are distinct to that section: 1) a research-based literary analysis (which constitutes the second essay of the semester); and 2) a research-based, collaborative digital project that requires students to design a webpage about a course reading that can serve as an online research resource for students and scholars interested in that course text.  Additional features of the class include extra-curricular activities that align with semester-specific course readings (such as attending local or regional performances and/or exhibits). Honors only course.
  • ENG 234 &H - Survey of Eng Lit II - Davis H
    • This course will provide a broad overview of literature from the Romantic period to the present. While we cannot read every important author or cover all of the relevant ideas, the goal of the course is to have a general understanding of the major ideas and forms of the literature of the time periods. Honors students:  Identify an archival project from the period. The archive can be housed at a library or institute or it could be digital. Students will work with professor to design a research question/topic and use the archival research to explore that question/topic. They will either write their findings as a formal essay or design a digital project (like a web page) and present the project and findings in class.
  • ENG 376 & H - Studies in American Poetry - Anthony M *
    • Honors students will write a longer research essay, about 15 pages, with the goal of submitting the essay to an appropriate undergraduate journal. Honors students will have an added component to the website analysis assignment; they will offer an improvement to the site. Honors students will create a text in line with their major and concentration that is part of their in-class presentation.
  • ENV 330 &H - Water Quality - Frederick H
    • The physical, chemical and biological processes that affect the quality of water in the natural environment. The measurement of water quality parameters in water and wastes. The behavior of contaminants in ground and surface water. Honors students will complete fieldwork to use a SONDE instrument to collect water quality, and learn how to manage their time in a project to coordinate field work, lab work and data analysis as a part of the SONDE project.
  • ENV 354 &H - Hazardous Water Management - Troy M
    • To receive Honors credit for this course, students will need to complete the following project that includes a written assignment and oral presentation. The project is worth 15% of the Honor’s student grade – all other grade components will be adjusted accordingly to account for the remaining 85%. The student will work on an additional individual project providing an overview of the current remediation technologies that are being implemented to treat PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) contaminated groundwater. Note - PFAS are the subject of the book being read this semester – Exposure. A minimum of 10 citations should be included in the report and should primarily include peer-reviewed journal articles. The student will provide periodic updates to the instructor regarding the status of the project. An oral presentation of the project will also be scheduled.
  • GEO 211 &H - Physical Geology - Finkenbinder M
    • The central goal of GEO 211 is to learn the fundamental processes in the Earth system and how these processes continuously drive planetary change over varying time scales. Students will learn the physical workings of the planet by studying its various parts (materials, features), how these parts are interconnected (linking processes), and the time scales in which the Earth undergoes physical change (geologic time). Honors students will select a national park in the US or Canada, research the geology of the park, write a 5 to 6-page report, and deliver a 10- minute presentation to the class.
  • GC 301 &H - Issues and Perspectives - Morrison G
    • After topics of interest have been identified and explored, a particular focus on a culture or global issue will be developed by each student in consultation with the instructor. Each Honors student is required to develop a proposal to conduct some future course of action, such as: research project; conference paper, presentation or poster; grant application; artistic project plan. Your Proposal should be submitted in the form of a well written paper (or a completed application for some endeavor) that demonstrates effective synthesis of a semester-long investigation into one aspect of global cultures and/or related issues, and it must demonstrate a clear plan to carry out the project in the future. Each student will also deliver an oral presentation of the Proposal in a Defense to the class. The written Proposal with the oral Defense, together, are worth 20% of the final course grade. Rubrics will be provided.
  • HNR 390 A - Honors Seminar - Kuiken J 
    • This one-credit interdisciplinary capstone seminar serves as a culminating experience for all prospective Honors Program graduates.  The course is intended to explicitly engage students in reflection on what they have learned at Wilkes and how they can advance those skills and insights along their future personal and professional trajectories. Consequently, the course depends on students’ consistent investment in critically assessing what they have learned during their undergraduate education, how that can be communicated to others, and what that makes possible for future endeavors. In addition to Wilkes University’s core values of mentorship, scholarship, diversity, innovation, and community, the Honors Program also looks to instill the following values in its students: leadership, integrity, self-awareness, and academic distinction.  Consequently, such values integrally inform the work of this seminar.
  • HNR 390 B - Honors Seminar - Kuiken J
    • This one-credit interdisciplinary capstone seminar serves as a culminating experience for all prospective Honors Program graduates.  The course is intended to explicitly engage students in reflection on what they have learned at Wilkes and how they can advance those skills and insights along their future personal and professional trajectories. Consequently, the course depends on students’ consistent investment in critically assessing what they have learned during their undergraduate education, how that can be communicated to others, and what that makes possible for future endeavors. In addition to Wilkes University’s core values of mentorship, scholarship, diversity, innovation, and community, the Honors Program also looks to instill the following values in its students: leadership, integrity, self-awareness, and academic distinction.  Consequently, such values integrally inform the work of this seminar.
  • HNR 398 &H - Writing Popular Fiction - McLaughlin J
    • This is a 3-credit Honors only course. Neil Gaiman once said "A (short) story is the ultimate close-up magic trick - a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart." It is thus our task in this course to become apprentices of the craft. This course focuses on writing short stories while reading and dissecting longer fiction pieces to develop our abilities to read, write, and talk about fiction. We will analyze published popular fiction works and the writing of our peers through craft annotations and workshops, and we will use a variety of activities and exercises to generate ideas, draft, and revise our own stories. Through these tasks we will dissect the magic trick that is the short story to create our own detailed, moving and compelling fiction.
  • HST 101 H - Hist. of Modern World - Shimizu A
    • Description coming soon.
  • HST 102 &H - Europe Before 1600 - Kuiken J
    • Additional research paper length: traditional students produce a seven to 10 page paper while Honors students will complete a 10-12 page paper. Traditional students are only required to produce an outline of their research paper prior to completing their final draft. Honors students will be required to produce a full rough draft of their research paper and to discuss it with the professor. Honors students will produce a digital presentation on a topic of their choice from our course. These presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length and will use art, artifacts, architecture or other cultural products from the time-period in question to make an argument related to a historical question. These presentations will be posted to our course D2L page to be viewed by other students.
  • HST 125 &H - American History/WGS - Sopcak-Joseph A *
    • This course is pending approval from the HPAC and is not live yet.
  • HST 353 &H - Global Empires of the 18th Century - Kuiken J
    • Additional research paper length: traditional students produce a 12-15 page paper while Honors students will complete a 17-20 page paper. Grading? These papers will be graded on a traditional 100-point scale and will be assessed using the same grading rubric as traditional students. 20% of the final grade. Traditional students are only required to produce an outline of their research paper prior to completing their final draft. Honors students will be required to produce a full rough draft of their research paper and to discuss it with the professor. This is an entirely separate assignment that other traditional students will not be required to complete. It will consist of producing a five-page historiography of the subject which they will be working on for their research paper.
  • LAT 101 &H - Elementary Latin I/HONORS - Mihailoff A
    • Latin 101 is an introduction to the Latin language. Through word study and readings, students acquire a basic Latin vocabulary, an understanding of grammatical concepts, and a familiarity with selected ancient Roman authors. This course is designed with one of its primary aims being for students to acquire a broad lexicon of Latin roots which can then be productive in their own vocabularies. Honors students: Keep a weekly log (handwritten!) of technical academic vocabulary and or interesting words which they find in their readings for other classes. The log should be a notebook which is separate from their Latin notebook. Each Friday the honors student will submit to the instructor five logged words along with their definitions and etymologies (word histories).
  • ME 380 &H - Advanced CADD - Bednarz E 
    • Pending approval from the HPAC.
  • MKT 221 &H - Marketing -  Xiao C
    • MKT221 Marketing is an introduction to the planning and activities of marketing. Emphasis on budgeting, product conception and development, pricing, distribution channels and promotion. The course will provide an understanding of the dynamic role marketing plays in the global and national economy as well as the organization.  You will have the opportunity to build a knowledge base about the following areas: strategic marketing, marketing research, consumer behavior, segmentation and targeting, marketing mix planning, implementation and evaluation.  We will identify marketing challenges and ethical thinking. Honors students: Harvard Business School Case Study Assignment.
  • MKT 327 &H - Marketing Seminar - Xiao G
    • Social Media Marketing is the use of social media by marketers to increase brand awareness, identify key audiences, generate leads and build meaningful relationships with customers. Social media allows businesses to gain a competitive advantage through the creation and distribution of valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and retain clearly-defined audiences. This course provides an in-depth examination of social media marketing. Students will learn how to utilize new and constantly updated social media marketing strategies for businesses, and will know how to implement a successful content strategy for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube. Honors students will Watch video “Social Media Dilemma” and write a 10-page research paper which includes: 1) introduction, 2) identify the problem, 3) review of the literature, 4) survey design and data collection, 6) results, 7) conclusion.
  • MGT 358 &H - International Business - Taylor W
    • Honors students submit a 15 to 20 page research paper.
  • MTH 111 &H - Calculus I/HONORS - Luo X
    • Description coming soon.
  • MTH 114 &H - Calc/Mod for Bio/Health Sci/&H  - Sullivan F 
    • Description coming soon.
  • NSG 317 &H - Advanced Life Support - Victor J
    • This course covers the essential material for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support in accordance with the standards of the American Heart Association.  Enrolled students are eligible for American Heart Association ACLS and PALS Course Completion Cards at the end of the course. Honors students will actively participate in 15 hours of American Heart Association community outreach activities, including but not limited to, the Sweetheart Gala, Heart Walk and Hands Only CPR training.
  • NSG 239 &H - Gerontological Nursing - Havrilla E
    • The central goal of GEO 211 is to learn the fundamental processes in the Earth system and how these processes continuously drive planetary change over varying time scales. Students will learn the physical workings of the planet by studying its various parts (materials, features), how these parts are interconnected (linking processes), and the time scales in which the Earth undergoes physical change (geologic time). Honors students will select a national park in the US or Canada, research the geology of the park, write a five to six page report, and deliver a 10 minute presentation to the class.
  • PHA 310 &H - Clinical Research and Design - DeLuca J 
    • Description coming soon.
  • PHA 312 &H - Pharmaceutics II  - Jacobs H
    • Honors students will fulfill the role of Teaching Assistants for PHA 312 lab and will thereby demonstrate a competence in academics and leadership. Meeting with the professor will take place prior to the lab to review the lab in detail. The Honors Students will complete the lab, either as a group, or individually, depending on the designation of the specific lab. After professor approval, the Honors students will then attend lab during their regular, assigned time. They will help to prep the lab, and interact with students by providing instruction and advice on the current lab. Completion of 11/13 labs must be documented to receive &H credit, otherwise the student will be place back into the non-&H section. This allows for sick days and/or time off to attend conferences.
  • PHL 101 &H - Intro. to Philosophy/HONORS -  Paul L
    • Description coming soon.
  • PHL 114 &H - Intro. to Bioethics - Zarpentine C
    • Independent research paper: in contrast to non-honors students who will be given paper topics, honors students will be required to write a final paper on a topic related to bioethics that they have chosen, and they will be required to submit (and have approved) a paper proposal. The expectations and required components for this paper will significantly exceed those for non-honors students, but the paper and the class presentation will count for their second paper grade. During the final weeks of the semester, honors students will prepare and deliver a presentation of their independent research paper to the class. Students will be required to discuss an outline of the presentation with the instructor in advance and be prepared to field questions from students and instructor following the presentation.
  • PHL 398 &H - T: Virtue, Vice, Life and Lit -  Paul L 
    • Description coming soon. 
  • PS 111 &H - Intro. to American Government -  Toll B
    • For students taking this course as honors credit, additional work is added to your grade. In consultation with the professor, you will pick a research topic to look at throughout the semester. The final paper you complete will be 7-10 pages and will build on a policy area or political issue that you are interested in learning more about. In this paper you will develop the history of this issue/area on the American political landscape, and then will highlight what the two primary political parties think. At the end, you will be tasked with outlining your position on the topic, with the expectation that you understand every opinion can be critiqued. This paper will be staggered (sections written and due at different times). Near the end of the semester, Honors students will also be tasked with presenting (5 minutes) their research to fellow students. You will not discuss your personal opinions, but will talk about the history of the issue area and how the two primary parties view the issue. As this will be presented, honors students can not research the exact same topic thereby allowing other students to learn as much as possible and receive presentations on a variety of issues.
  • PS 341 &H - Model UN - Miller A
    • This course is a comprehensive examination of the role of the United Nations in the world culminating in the Model UN conference in New York. The course will prepare students to participate in the conference by teaching them the structures and functions of the UN as well as the history and viewpoints of the assigned country. Honors students: Honors students will serve as head delegate for the conference.  This is a key leadership position that supports the work of all the students that attend.  However, the head delegate should also be someone that has participated in Model  UN previously. They will also write a twenty page research paper.
  • PSY 311 &H - Behavioral Neuroscience - Schicatano E
    • A study of the physiological mechanisms mediating behavior and cognition. Emphasis on the structure and function of the nervous system and the neurophysiological bases of sensory processes, emotion, abnormal behavior, sleep, learning and memory, pain, and drug abuse. Laboratory experience includes brain dissection and psychophysiological techniques employed in human behavioral neuroscience research. Honors students: Spend one week at the end of the semester using some of the modalities provided by the NeuroTraining & Research Center (in Breiseth 214), and propose a study in which use use one of the training modalities (Biofeedback or Audiovisual entrainment) to produce change in participants.
  • SOC 101 &H - Introduction to Sociology/HONORS - Wiernik C
    • Sociology is the study of human groups, organizations, societies and the patterns of similarity and difference among them. In this course, we will examine some of the major questions that guide sociological analysis. We will practice “doing” sociology by exploring our everyday social worlds and the oftentimes invisible or taken-for-granted social forces that shape it. Sociologists are concerned with a vast array of topics and we approach the investigation of these topics in numerous ways. Sociology fills an important gap in your understanding of human existence, your own humanity, and the greater society. Honors students: Read an additional book and write a paper about it.
  • SOC 101 &H - Introduction to Sociology/HONORS - Garr M 
    • Sociology above all is an activity. There are two aspects to sociology as an activity. First, there is sociological reasoning. Sociologists have a particular, maybe even peculiar, way of thinking about the world. C. Wright Mills calls it the Sociological Imagination. This type of reasoning is the basis for sociological theory. Reasoned activity without something to support it, however, is merely idle speculation. Hence, the second aspect is finding support for our contentions in some systematic way. This means collecting data that will support our contentions. This is the research side to sociological activity. It is based on the premises of science. Thus, reason and research, theory and methods, make up the sociological enterprise. It is the intent of this course to introduce you to this activity. Honors students: Development of an online survey that tests a hypothesis.
  • WC 301 - Intro to Women's Studies - Davis H
    • Honors students will develop a presentation, at WGS Conference, if possible. Honors students will apply to present their specialized research at the WGS Conference. The course's research project will involve more steps in order to prepare students to present their work professionally. There will be a service project. Students will be required to identify and enact a means of direct engagement related to  an issue related to class topics.

Honors students must adhere to the following terms to remain eligible to participate in the program, to retain access to the program’s resources and opportunities and, ultimately, to meet all Honors Program completion requirements:

FYF 101 H – Honors First-Year Foundations – 3.0 Credits

Incoming Honors students take a special creative-writing based FYF class that develops collaborative community while cultivating skills in writing, speaking, problem-solving, and critical thinking as well as a comfort with encountering the ambiguous, uncertain, and/or unfamiliar. Students who do not achieve a minimum grade of 2.5 for the FYF 101 Honors course in the fall will be required to take the spring 300-level Honors creative writing course. Wilkes students who have been accepted into the program as current students – after at least one semester at Wilkes - will also be required to take the spring 300-level Honors creative writing course.

HNR 390 – Honors Capstone Seminar – 1.0 Credit

This 1-credit interdisciplinary capstone seminar serves as a culminating experience for all prospective Honors Program graduates. The course is intended to explicitly engage students in reflection on what they have learned at Wilkes and how they can advance those skills and insights along their future personal and professional trajectories. Consequently, the course depends on students’ consistent investment in critically assessing what they have learned during their undergraduate education, how that can be communicated to others, and what that makes possible for future endeavors.

Student learning outcomes include

  • Communicating characteristic topics, methodologies and professional concerns.
  • Associated with their respective disciplines to non-expert audiences.
  • Collaborating with others, both within and outside of their respective disciplines, to accomplish shared goals.
  • Planning and managing long-term projects, balancing personal responsibility with coordination with team colleagues.
  • Organizing and delivering coherent presentation of work, from proposing prospective tasks to articulating evidence-based outcomes.
  • Specifying and critically assessing continuities as well as discontinuities across personal Wilkes educational trajectory and future endeavors.

18 additional honors credits, six of which must be at the 300 level or above

Study Abroad

  • A full semester abroad earns a waiver of 6 honors credits at the 300 level.
  • A summer term abroad earns a waiver of 3 honors credits at the 300 level.
  • Related independent study project (advised by instructor in relevant discipline) upon return earns 3 honors credits at the 300 level (through either fall HNR 395 or spring HNR 396).

Internships

  • One internship, either during a full semester or over a summer term, earns a waiver of 3 honors credits at the 300 level.
  • Related independent study project (advised by instructor in relevant discipline) connected to internship earns 3 honors credits at the 300 level (through either fall HNR 395 or spring HNR 396).

Minimum Cumulative GPA

  • 3.0 after two terms at Wilkes
  • 3.2 after four terms at Wilkes
  • 3.3 after six terms at Wilkes
  • 3.4 after eight terms at Wilkes/to meet all Honors Program completion requirements

A student is allowed only one grade of 2.5 in an honors course to receive honors credit. All other honors course grades must be a minimum of 3.0.

Students falling below the required cumulative GPA threshold will be given one full term to return their cumulative GPA to the minimum required.

Students are always encouraged to draw on the expertise of all Wilkes University community resources, such as academic support and health and wellness services, when encountering academic, personal or other challenges.

First-Year Honors Learning Community

All first-year honors students living on campus reside together in honors housing. This enables students to begin connecting with each other in an environment conducive to their shared values and aspirations. While you may live in the hall of your choice during your remaining years at Wilkes, many choose to continue living in community with other honors students.

Good Standing: Honors Program Community

Participating in Honors Program-sponsored activities, including meetings on campus with prominent guest speakers and engaging with prospective honors students, helps to cultivate knowledge and skills that advance intellectual, personal, and professional development, contributions to the Wilkes campus community, and post-graduate success, whether through employment or continued education. Our weekly newsletter, “The Honors Buzz,” announces these opportunities throughout the academic year.

All honors students must participate in at least one honors-sponsored activity per term. This commitment is waived during a study abroad term.

Good Standing: Student Conduct

Honors students must remain in good standing with regard to student conduct. Any student found guilty of violating university policies is also subject to review by the Honors Program Advisory Council.

Wilkes University Honors Program students are encouraged to use their Enhancement Grants to fund participation in co-curricular opportunities such as undergraduate research and professional conferences, international study experiences, independent research, and unpaid internships.

Questions about what type of funding is available to you should be directed toward the Honors Program, by a visit to the office (Stark Learning Center 120-122) or by email (jennifer.mclaughlin1@wilkes.edu). An Enhancement Grant can be used to support experiences such as international or domestic study-away, internships, or other opportunities beyond what your field of study requires.  Funding cannot be issued in cash, nor can it be used for Wilkes tuition or fees.

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