The Queens Honors Program provides a high degree of freedom for academically talented and motivated students. It is open to all students regardless of the major program of study and provides qualified students with an opportunity to work at an advanced level on topics of interest in seminars and in individually guided studies with faculty, leading ultimately to an Honors Thesis or Project written under the direction of a faculty member.
The work in honors courses is designed to challenge gifted students and help them improve their critical thinking skills, their research methods, and their ability to argue a claim persuasively. This enriching experience is also excellent preparation for further study at the graduate level.
The Honors experience begins with interdisciplinary seminars, followed by the Honors project. Usually begun at the beginning of the junior year, the Honors project is an opportunity for students to pursue a question or topic more deeply than otherwise possible in a normal four year curriculum. Each Honors student chooses a faculty mentor to venture beyond the confines of a standardized curriculum. The final step is for the Honors student to share what was learned by giving back to a community (campus, civic or intellectual), and is often the most rewarding element of the program. This could involve publishing work in a peer-reviewed journal, presenting at a regional or national conference, mentoring K-12 students or leading a lunch discussion for faculty and students. Upon completion of the Honors Program requirements, the words "With Honors" are added to the diploma.
Admission to the Honors Program:
A limited number of incoming students are invited each year to join the Honors Program during the fall of their freshman year. Any student who has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 after any semester, including the first, may apply and will then be accepted into the Honors Program. Students in the program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for courses taken at Queens to remain in the program. Students with grades of Incomplete and transfer students in their first semester at Queens are ineligible to participate in the Honors Program unless granted special permission from their advisor and the Honors Director.
Retention in the Honors Program:
A student in the Honors Program must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher. If a student drops below the required cumulative 3.25 GPA after registering for an Honors course, the Registrar will drop the student from the Honors course at the beginning of the term.
The requirements for completion of the Honors Program and graduation with honors thesis are:
- HONR 110 Freshman Honors Seminar (3 credit hours)
- HONR 210 Honors Seminar (3 credit hours)
- HONR 310 Introduction to Honors Project (2 credit hours)
- HONR 320 Honors Project (2 credit hours)
- HONR 410 Honors Project (2 credit hours)
- HONR 420 Honors Service (2 credit hours)
Honors Program Courses:
HONR 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
Freshman Honors Seminar: This course is designed to introduce first year students to the honors program and honors work. In this course, students have an opportunity to 1) meet and work with other gifted and motivated students, and 2) sharpen analytical and research skills by investigating a variety of topics that have teased the human mind for centuries. In the course, students examine a wide ranging set of "history's mysteries," including unexplained phenomena (Stonhenge, the Bermuda Triangle), questionable existences (UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster), historical legends (the Trojan War, King Arthur), and conspiracy theories (Area 51, the Apollo Moon Landing). 3 hrs.
HONR 210 Honors Seminar
Honors Seminar: This course is an interdisciplinary seminar examining significant ideas and methods of inquiry in the Arts and Sciences. Honors seminars are frequently team-taught, and center on questions not directly addressed by other College of Arts and Sciences courses. Specific topic varies from year to year. Topics are announced the term prior to the seminar's being taught. Material is suitable for sophomore students. Significant levels of reading and writing are required. Course may be retaken for credit if the course topic is different. Repeatable for a total of 9 hrs. 3 hrs.
HONR 220 Honors Conversations
Honors Conversations: Team-taught, interdisciplinary seminar examining significant ideas and methods of inquiry in the Arts and Sciences. Specific topics vary from year to year. Topics to be announced the term prior to offering. Material will be suitable for sophomore students. Significant levels of reading and writing will be required. Where possible, seminar will incorporate cultural events in the Charlotte community. Prerequisite: 3.25 grade point average and successful completion of HONR 110, HONR 210 or substitute approved by the Honors Director. Repeatable for a total of 9 hrs. 3 hrs.
HONR 310 Intro to Honors Project
Introduction to Honors Project: HONR 310 is a group seminar course taken by all junior Honors students. The course will initiate students to the process of generating, developing, and refining an Honors-level project idea, and will serve as a workshop for students to discuss their ideas. During the semester, students will select an Honors Advisor and Committee, and with them select readings to be blended into the HONR 310 syllabus. By the end of the semester, each student will have identified their Honors thesis project topicand chosen an Honors advisor and committee. 2 hrs.
HONR 320 Honors Project
Honors Project: This is the first semester of focused effort on the Honors thesis or project. This is an opportunity for extended research in a field of special interest, resulting in an extended paper or final project and an oral defense before an examination committee appointed by the Honors Director in consultation with the student and the thesis advisor. By the end of the semester, the student should have achieved significant progress towards completion of the Honors project. This progress may be a rough draft of the entire thesis, polished drafts of significant portions of the thesis, several pieces of art that will contribute to the Honors project, etc. 2-2 hrs.
HONR 410 Honors Project
Honors Project: This course is the second and last semester of crafting the Honors project. By the end of the semester, the student should have completed the Honors project. 2-2 hrs.
HONR 420 Honors Service
Honors Service: HONR 420 reflects the service nature of Queens. Honors students are required to "give back" with a service project to one of their communities (e.g., campus, community, or academic discipline) in ways including (but not limited to) the following: a. Tutoring K- 12 students b. Presenting their thesis work at a conference c. Publishing their thesis work d. Organizing / hosting a campus-wide Honors event (e.g., seminar, community forum, guest speaker, etc.) e. Mentoring Freshman and Sophomore Honors students. Pass/No Record. 1 hr.