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1 The UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Program An Overview Part IThe University’s Bigger Picture Part II: A University-wide Honors Program Part III:Joining Honors (partially completed) Part IV:Transferring into Honors After You Start College By Jim Canning - November 2013 ( Version 1.1)

2 Part I The University’s Bigger Picture

3 University of Massachusetts Lowell Academic Hierarchy 1 University 4 Colleges and 2 Schools 29 Departments and 2 more Schools 83 Undergraduate Degree Programs and Concentrations

4 Each of the 83 degrees programs and concentrations are summarized by a curriculum grid. They vary in their amount of “freedom of choice” that a student may have.

5 For example …. Lots of Freedom – History – Psychology Not Much Freedom – Chemical Engineering – Sound Recording Technology In-Between Freedom – Accounting – Computer Science – Nursing

6 Insert the example curriculum grids in this position.

7 Embedded inside those grids are three levels of requirements …. you need to satisfy University Level Requirements College Level Requirements Department Level Requirements

8 All students must satisfy university requirements: College Writing I and College Writing II 1 Mathematics General Education course 3 Social Science General Education courses 3 Arts and Humanities General Education courses 3 Science and Technology General Education courses 1 Diversity Badge 1 Ethics Badge A minimum of 120 college credits A minimum of a 2.00 grade point average

9 At UMass Lowell we have four gen. ed. categories: Mathematics Social Science (SS) Arts and Humanities (AH) Science and Technology (SC, TN)

10 How can you learn what courses are general education courses ? Answer:www.uml.edu/gened This website has the approved lists for each of the four gen. ed. areas: Arts and Humanities (AH) Social Science (SS) Science and Technology (ST, TN) Mathematics

11 Example English Gen. Ed. AH English: (D, E) Values in American Culture (Also listed as ) (D) The Family in American Literature (Also listed as ) Great Books of Antiquity Great Books of the Modern World (D, E) Human Values in Western Culture I (Also listed as ) (D, E) Human Values in Western Culture II (Also listed as ) Drama Poetry Short Story (E) Monsters, Apes, and Nightmares Horror Story English History Philosophy Cultural Studies Other …

12 Example Social Science Gen. Eds. SS Political Science: Introduction to American Politics (D) Introduction to Politics (D) Comparative Political Systems (D) Introduction to International Relations Introduction to Environmental Studies (D) African Politics (Also listed as ) (DE) Introduction to Politics and Sports (E) Intorduction to Political Thought (D) Constitutional Law and Politics (and honors section) (D) Civil Liberties Law and Politics (and honors section) Peace and Conflict Studies PCS.205 (E) Restorative Justice (Also listed as ) Psychology: General Psychology (D) Social Psychology Psychology of Personality (D) Community Psychology Political Science Psychology Criminal Justice Sociology Economics Other …

13 Part II The Commonwealth Honors Program at UMass Lowell

14 What We Are The UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors program is a university- wide academic and social enrichment program whose graduates need to satisfy four requirements. They are: CHP-1: Earn a 3.25 GPA or higher. CHP-2:Submit one approved enrichment form (E1) each semester. CHP-3:Satisfy the H1-H8 honors course requirements. CHP-4:Create and present either an Honors Project or an Honors Thesis.

15 What Commonwealth Honors is Not First: We are not Latin Honors. Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude

16 Second: We are not a department level honors program. Computer Science Dept. Honors Program. Psychology Dept. Honors Program. Physics Dept. Honors Program. We are not a …

17 Third: We are not a College Level Honors Program. Not a … College of Sciences Honors Program Manning School of Business Honors Program College of Engineering Honors Program

18 Fourth: We are not a national organization. Phi Beta Kappa Phi Kappa Phi Pi Mu Epsilon

19 If you satisfy our four CHP requirements : Your transcript will identify you as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar. Your diploma will have a nice shiny gold embossed sticker on it. You will be recognized at graduation. Your honors project or honors thesis will be hard-bound and displayed forever – in full glory and with pride!

20 One principal aim of the honors … … program is to ensure that students take a number of dedicated honors classes that are populated mostly with other honors students. These classes are taught by highly motivated faculty who love teaching undergraduates. They are some of the finest teachers on campus.

21 Another principal aim … is to allow you … to express and practice your research/creative skills while being supported by a caring faculty mentor who will help you complete either a six month or a twelve month honors project or honors thesis.

22 A third principal aim is to … strengthen your Complex reading skills Writing skills Presentation skills Critical Thinking skills

23 A fourth aim is to … plant a few seeds: You can earn an advanced or terminal degree. You can do research and create. Exploration and creativity is fun. Have you conquer the “bunny slope”. Before working on the “double-blacked diamond”.

24 If you are a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program … You have the option of living in honors housing. You are able to register for classes before most of the other students on campus. You get to receive lots of s from Jim.

25 Our standard honors curriculum is an 8-course, 24 credit program that includes: a minimum of 5 dedicated honors courses populated with other honors students. At least four of these have majors from many disciplines. either – a one-semester, 3-6 credit, Honors Project or – a two-semester, 6 credit Honors Thesis at most one graduate level class or at most one 300/400 level Honors-By-Contract.

26 Our honors curriculum grid can overlay 80 of the 83 undergraduate programs without requiring any extra classes. We are likely just a conversation away from including the final three.

27 Recall our four CHP Requirements CHP-1: 3.25 GPA or higher CHP-2: One enrichment form (E1) per semester. CHP-3:The H1-H8 honors course requirements. CHP-4:One honors project or one honors thesis.

28 CHP-1: Earn a 3.25 GPA or Higher If your GPA drops below 3.0 we will withdraw you from the Commonwealth Honors Program. If your GPA drops below 3.25 but remains at 3.00 or higher, we will put you on “honors probation”. If you are on honors probation for two consecutive semesters we will withdraw you from the program. Students on honors probation cannot compete for honors scholarships given by the honors program.

29 CHP-2: Enrichment Requirement (E1) We want you to attend a campus-event or activity and report on it. You need to do this once per semester. We encourage you to do more than one. It should be an event that is not directly tied to your major. It should not fulfill a class requirement. If you do not submit an approved E1 form for a given semester, we will put you on “honors probation”. If you miss two semesters in a row, we will withdraw you from the honors program.

30 CHP-3:H1 – H8 These eight honors course requirements do not need to be extra courses, they are enhanced or different courses that are already embedded into your major’s curriculum grid. You must earn a B or better in each of these classes. H1 H2H3H4H5H6H7H8

31 H1H2 H4 H6 H3 H5 H7 H8 Honors Course Requirements H1 – H8 The Harry Chapin Approach

32 H1H2 H4 H6 H3 H5 H7 H8 At least four are at the 300/400 level 300/400 level courses

33 H2H1 H4 H6 H3 H5 H7 H8 They can be taken in different orders.

34 H1 H3 H2 H4 H6H5 H7 H8 You can double up in one semester.

35 H1 H3 H2 H4 H6 H7H5 H8 Here is another possible order.

36 H1 HON 110: FYSH (Arts and Humanities Gen. Ed) H2 Honors College Writing II Section 3xx H4 H6 H3 H5 H7 H8 H1 and H2

37 H1H2 H4 There are two ways to fill this H4 requirement. H6 H3 H5 H7 H8 H4

38 H1H2 H4 First Way: Take an Honors Section of a General Education Course ( AH, SS, ST, Math) H6 H3 H5 H7 H8 H4: Take an Honors Gen. Ed.

39 How can I identify if my section is an honors section? Answer: It is an honors section if the section number begins with a 3. For example, 301, 302, 303, …

40 Honors Gen. Ed. Courses MathematicsScience and Technology Honors Calculus I Honors Calculus II Honors Calculus III Honors Differential Equations Honors Physics I Honors Chemistry I Honors Chemistry II Social ScienceArts and Humaniites Introduction to Legal Studies Terrorism Gender, Race, and Crime Introduction to Politics General Psychology Child & Adolescent Development Introduction to Sociology Fast Food, Hot Planet Economics I Macroeconomics Horror Story Lit. on Tech.and Human Values Disability in Literature The South in Amer. Literature US History to Art Appreciation Music History I (~) Music History II (~) HON 110 FYSH

41 How do I know what honors gen. eds. are offered this semester? Answer: and then click on the semester of interest.www.uml.edu/registrar … and then click on honors courses. … then scope down the column labeled gen. ed. And do not forget – any Honors math, Honors Physics I, Honors Chem I, Honors Chem II are gen. eds. too!

42 H1H2 H4 Second Way: Take an Honors Seminar Ex. HON 320: Power: What it is … H6 H3 H5 H7 H8 H4: Use an Honors Seminar

43 What is an Honors Seminar? An Honors Seminar is a 300/400 level dedicated honors course that has the following properties: It has an enrollment of 19 or less. It is accessible and available to many majors across campus. It does not have any firm pre-requisites. Issues based critical thinking and communication are prevalent. This implies a fair amount of analysis and synthesis. This normally translates into a course that involves a substantial amount of reading, writing, discussion and/or presentation.

44 Honors Seminars HON 310 Honors (Thesis) Workshop HON 320 Honors Topics – Difference Makers: Past, Present, and Future – The Radiance of Being – Power: What it is. What it Does. Why it is Important. – Heroes Through History – Smart Thinking: How to Analyze and Argue – Ideas Worth Spreading – Literary Works that Changed the World – Gender and Sexuality in Theater and Film Science and Technology in the Impoverished World Fast Food, Hot Planet: A Sociological Approach Women Writers and the Past The South in American Literature Seminar in Law PCS 473 Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies – Perspectives on Human Rights – Bridging Minds for Peace

45 How do I know what is an honors seminar? At present, you need to either: 1.ask Jim, Beth, Elizabeth, or Megan 2.Read the that Jim sends to you on the honors listserver. We are working on a better way to distribute this information.

46 H1H2 H4 H6 Honors Seminar H3 H5 H7 H8 H6

47 H1 HON 110: FYSH (AH) H , Section 308 Honors College Writing II H Section 301 An honors section of General Psychology H , Section 301 Science & Technology in the Impoverished World H3 H5 H7 H8 One Example of H1, H2, H4, and H6

48 H1 HON 110: FYSH (AH) H Section 312 Honors College Writing II H Honors Calculus I H Section 301 Fast Food Hot Planet (SS – Gen. Ed. ) H3 H5 H7 H8 Another Example of H1, H2, H4, and H6

49 H Section 301 Honors College Writing II H1 HON 110: FYSH (AH) H Section 301 Honors Art Appreciation H6 HON 310, Section 301 Honors Thesis Workshop H3 H5 H7 H8 A Third Example of H1, H2, H4, and H6

50 Replacing H1 and H2 Sometimes there is a very valid reason why a student cannot take HON 110 FYSH or cannot take an honors section of College Writing II. In this case, the student must replace H1/H2 with either an honors AH gen ed or an honors SS gen ed or an honors seminar. In such cases, a student should identify the replacement course and submit an Honors Petition for Exception Form (see

51 H2H1 H4 H6 H3 There are two ways to satisfy the H3 requirement H5 H7 H8 H3

52 H2H1 H4 H6 H3 First Way: Any 200/300/400 honors course H5 H7 H8 H3

53 H2H1 H4 H6 H Section 301 Honors Acct/Financial H5 H7 H8 H3

54 H2H1 H4 H6 H , Section 301 Honors Professional Communications H5 H7 H8 H3

55 H1H2 H4 H6 H , Section 301 Honors Computing III H5 H7 H8 H3

56 H1H2 H4 H6 H3 HON 320: Topics H5 H7 H8 H3

57 H1H2 H4 H6 H3 Second Way: An Honors Gen. Ed. H5 H7 H8 H3

58 H3 and H4 The two courses that are used to satisfy the H3 and the H4 must be from different departments.

59 H1H2 H4 H6 H3 H5 There are three ways to satisfy the H5 requirement. H7 H8 H5

60 H1H2 H4 H6 H3 H5 First Way: Any graduate level class. H7 H8 H5

61 H1H2 H4 H6 H3 H5 Second Way: Any 300/400 honors course. H7 H8 H5

62 H1H2 H4 H6 H3 H5 Third Way: Any 300/400 level Honors by Contract H7 H8 H5

63 What is an Honors-By-Contract? An honors by contract is an honors add-on to a non-honors class that is negotiated between the honors student and the faculty of record for the course. The contract must be approved by the director of the honors program.

64 Satisfying the H7 and the H8 Three ways: 1.A two-semester honors thesis experience 1.A two-semester honors project experience 1.A one-semester honors project experience plus another approved honors class.

65 H1 HON 110: FYSH (AH) H3 Honors Calculus I H2 Honors College Writing II H , Section 301 An honors section of Econ I H , Section 301 Sci. & Tech. Imp. World ( ME Tech Elect) H Fluid Mech. with an Honors by Contract H7: ME Graduate Course or an Honors Seminar H Section 30x Capstone Design + an honors add-on. Mechanical + Commonwealth Honors: Possible One Semester Project Experience

66 H1 HON 110: FYSH (AH) H3 Honors Calculus I H2 Honors College Writing II H , Section 301 An honors section of Econ I H , Section 301 Sci. & Tech. Imp. World (ME Tech Elect) H Fluid Mech. with an Honors by Contract H7: , Section 301 ME Directed Study H , Section 301 ME Directed Study Mechanical + Commonwealth Honors: Possible Two semester honors thesis experience

67 H1 HON 110: FYSH (AH) H2 Honors College Writing II H , Section 301 An honors section of Econ I H6 HON 320: Topics Smart Thinking: How to Analyze and Argue H , Section 310 Honors Professional Communication H Section 301 Honors Organizational Behavior H7: Independent Study H , Section 301 Strategic Management Accounting + Commonwealth Honors: Possible One Semester Honors Project

68 H1 HON 110: FYSH (AH) H , Section 301 H2 Honors College Writing II H , Section 301 H6 HON 320: Topics Smart Thinking: How to Analyze and Argue H5 An honors by contract alongside Health Promo. & Risk H7: Comm. Health with an honors add-on H Community Project with an honors add-on Nursing + Commonwealth Honors: Possible Two semester honors project experience

69 The Honors Project The goal of an honors project is either to solve an applied problem or to produce a creative artifact. All Honors Project Experiences across campus have the following five components: – A creative project – A written piece produced by the individual Honors Student – A presentation given by the individual Honors Student – An Honors Project Advisor – An Honors Project Committee

70 The Honors Project (modeled after Colorado State) Honors Project Experiences can be linked with mandatory within major requirements such as: – An engineering design/capstone project – An artistic project – A sound recording mix – A software project – A business-plan – A required in-the-field experience

71 The Honors Project Linked-honors project experiences will also contain: – A reasonable “value-added” honors component that has been approved by both the student’s Honors Project Advisor and the Honors Director. This value-added component must always include a 7-15 page context paper. In addition to this, the student will often do an extra technical piece too.

72 The Honors Project Honors Project Experiences that occur primarily within a team of students will have an individual contribution written piece. Honors Projects are either 6 months (1 semester) in length or they are 12 months (2 semesters) in length. A two-semester Honors Project Experience will satisfy both the H7 and the H8 honors course requirements. A one-semester Honors Project Experience will satisfy the H8 honors course requirement. If a student engages in a one-semester project experience then the H7 course requirement needs to be fulfilled in another manner with the approval of the Honors Director.

73 The Honors Thesis The Honors Thesis Experience is always a two-semester, 6- credit research activity. The goal of this activity is new knowledge. The student must find a faculty mentor who will guide the student through the process. In the ideal, this is a twelve month experience. The student will typically sign up for two independent study courses. The Honors Thesis Experience will satisfy both the H7 and the H8 honors course requirements.

74 How Does One Join the Honors Program? Method 1: Automatic Invite as you enter UMass Lowell from High School. Method 2: Automatic Invite as you enter UMass Lowell from another college. Method 3: A student seeks to join without an invite. Method 4: Automatic Invite as you enter honors from within UMass Lowell.

75 Transferring into Honors We encourage transfer students to enter the honors program, but they must do so knowing all the honors requirements and they must sit with an honors advisor to develop an Honors Program of Study. As such we have the following transfer guidelines:

76 Transfer Guideline If you transfer 29 or less credits into the Commonwealth Honors Program you must satisfy all H1-H8 course requirements. However, it may be that H1 and/or H2 need to be replaced with another dedicated honors course. These replacement courses must be either: – An honors SS gen. ed. – An honors AH gen. ed. – An honors seminar

77 Transfer Guidelines If you transfer in 30 or more college credits either your H1 or your H2 would be waived. All other course requirements must be met. If you transfer in 60 or more college credits both of your H1 and your H2 course requirements would be waived. All other course requirements must be met. It may be possible to waive the H3 requirement in lieu of waiving either H1 or H2.

78 Transfer Guideline Honors courses taken at another Commonwealth Honors Program (ie. UMass Boston, Fitchburg State, Middlesex CC ) could be used to satisfy the H1, H2, H3, and/or H4 honors requirements. Honors courses taken at a non-Commonwealth Honors program will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

79 Transferring into Honors Most students who transfer into honors will not need to take an extra class or two. However, it is possible that an extra course may need to be taken. This could happen when the student: – Has already satisfied all gen. ed. requirements and is in a major with little or no “freedom of choice”. – Is aggressively pursuing a double major. – Plans to graduate early ( less than 8 semesters). – Some combination of the above three items.

80 When You Enter Honors Matters If join our honors program during a semester, your first full semester in honors is the next semester. The number of college credits you bring into your first full semester as an honors student is what is used when applying the transfer guidelines.


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