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1 The UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Program An Overview Part I The 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 The University’s Bigger Picture Part IThe 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 Not Much Freedom In-Between Freedom HistoryPsychologyNot Much FreedomChemical EngineeringSound Recording TechnologyIn-Between FreedomAccountingComputer ScienceNursing
6 Insert the example curriculum grids in this position.
7 Embedded inside those grids are three levels of requirements … Embedded inside those grids are three levels of requirements …. you need to satisfyUniversity Level RequirementsCollege Level RequirementsDepartment Level Requirements
8 All students must satisfy university requirements: College Writing I and College Writing II1 Mathematics General Education course3 Social Science General Education courses3 Arts and Humanities General Education courses3 Science and Technology General Education courses1 Diversity Badge1 Ethics BadgeA minimum of 120 college creditsA minimum of a 2.00 grade point average
9 At UMass Lowell we have four gen. ed. categories: MathematicsSocial Science (SS)Arts and Humanities (AH)Science and Technology (SC, TN)
10 How can you learn what courses are general education courses ? Answer: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 (D, E) Values in American Culture (Also listed as )(D) The Family in American Literature (Also listed as )Great Books of AntiquityGreat 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 )DramaPoetry Short Story (E) Monsters, Apes, and Nightmares Horror StoryEnglishHistoryPhilosophyCultural StudiesOther …
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 StudiesPCS.205 (E) Restorative Justice (Also listed as )Psychology: General Psychology (D) Social Psychology Psychology of Personality (D) Community PsychologyPolitical SciencePsychologyCriminal JusticeSociologyEconomicsOther …
13 Part II The Commonwealth Honors Program at UMass Lowell
14 What We AreThe 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.
17 Third: We are not a College Level Honors Program 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 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 yourComplex reading skillsWriting skillsPresentation skillsCritical 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.eithera one-semester, 3-6 credit, Honors Project ora two-semester, 6 credit Honors Thesisat 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 – H8H H2 H3 H4 H5 H6 H7 H8These 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.
31 The Harry Chapin Approach Honors Course Requirements H1 – H8The Harry Chapin ApproachH1H2H3H4H5H6H7H8
32 At least four are at the 300/400 level coursesH7H8
36 (Arts and Humanities Gen. Ed) H1 and H2H1 HON 110: FYSH(Arts and Humanities Gen. Ed)H2 Honors College Writing IISection 3xxH3H4H5H6H7H8
37 H4 H1 H2 H3 H4 There are two ways to fill H5 H6 H7 H8 this H4 requirement.H5H6H7H8
38 H4: Take an Honors Gen. Ed. H1 H2 H3 H4 First Way: H5 H6 H7 H8 Take an Honors Section of aGeneral Education Course( AH, SS, ST, Math)H5H6H7H8
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 Mathematics Science and Technology Honors Calculus IHonors Calculus IIHonors Calculus IIIHonors Differential EquationsHonors Physics IHonors Chemistry IHonors Chemistry IISocial ScienceArts and HumaniitesIntroduction to Legal StudiesTerrorismGender, Race, and CrimeIntroduction to PoliticsGeneral PsychologyChild & Adolescent DevelopmentIntroduction to SociologyFast Food, Hot PlanetEconomics IMacroeconomicsHorror StoryLit. on Tech.and Human ValuesDisability in LiteratureThe South in Amer. LiteratureUS History to 1877Art AppreciationMusic 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. … 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 Ex. HON 320: Power: What it is … H4: Use an Honors SeminarH1H2H3H Second Way:Take an Honors SeminarEx. HON 320: Power: What it is …H5H6H7H8
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 FutureThe Radiance of BeingPower: What it is. What it Does. Why it is Important.Heroes Through HistorySmart Thinking: How to Analyze and ArgueIdeas Worth SpreadingLiterary Works that Changed the WorldGender and Sexuality in Theater and FilmScience and Technology in the Impoverished WorldFast Food, Hot Planet: A Sociological Approach ...Women Writers and the PastThe South in American LiteratureSeminar in LawPCS 473 Seminar in Peace and Conflict StudiesPerspectives on Human RightsBridging Minds for Peace
45 How do I know what is an honors seminar? At present, you need to either:ask Jim, Beth, Elizabeth, or MeganRead the that Jim sends to you on the honors listserver.We are working on a better way to distribute this information.
47 One Example of H1, H2, H4, and H6 H1 HON 110: FYSH (AH)H , Section 308Honors College Writing IIH3H Section 301An honors section ofGeneral PsychologyH5H , Section 301Science & Technologyin the Impoverished WorldH7H8
48 Another Example of H1, H2, H4, and H6 H1 HON 110: FYSH(AH)H Section 312Honors College Writing IIH3H4Honors Calculus IH5H Section 301Fast Food Hot Planet (SS – Gen. Ed.)H7H8
49 A Third Example of H1, H2, H4, and H6 Honors Art Appreciation H Section 301Honors College Writing IIH HON 110: FYSH(AH)H3H Section 301Honors Art AppreciationH5H HON 310, Section 301Honors Thesis WorkshopH7H8
50 Replacing H1 and H2Sometimes 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 There are two ways to satisfy the H3 requirement
52 H3H2H1H First Way:Any 200/300/400 honors courseH4H5H6H7H8
53 Honors Acct/Financial H Section 301Honors Acct/FinancialH4H5H6H7H8
54 Professional Communications H3H2H1H , Section 301HonorsProfessional CommunicationsH4H5H6H7H8
57 H3H1H2H Second Way:An Honors Gen. Ed.H4H5H6H7H8
58 H3 and H4The two courses that are used to satisfy the H3 and the H4 must be from different departments.
59 H5 H1 H2 H3 H4 H5 There are three ways to H6 H7 H8 satisfy the H5 requirement.H6H7H8
60 Any graduate level class. H5H1H2H3H4H First Way:Any graduate level class.H6H7H8
61 H5H1H2H3H4H Second Way:Any 300/400 honors course.H6H7H8
62 H5 H1 H2 H3 H4 H5 Third Way: H6 H7 H8 Any 300/400 level Honors by ContractH6H7H8
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:A two-semester honors thesis experienceA two-semester honors project experienceA one-semester honors project experience plus another approved honors class.
65 Mechanical + Commonwealth Honors: Possible One Semester Project ExperienceH HON 110: FYSH (AH)H3 Honors Calculus IH2 Honors College Writing IIH , Section 301An honors section of Econ IH Fluid Mech.with an Honors by ContractH , Section 301Sci. & Tech. Imp. World( ME Tech Elect)H7: ME Graduate Courseor anHonors SeminarH Section 30xCapstone Design +an honors add-on.
66 Mechanical + Commonwealth Honors: Possible Two semester honors thesis experienceH HON 110: FYSH (AH)H3 Honors Calculus IH2 Honors College Writing IIH , Section 301An honors section of Econ IH Fluid Mech.with an Honors by ContractH , Section 301Sci. & Tech. Imp. World(ME Tech Elect)H7: , Section 301ME Directed StudyH , Section 301ME Directed Study
67 Accounting + Commonwealth Honors: Possible One Semester Honors Project H HON 110: FYSH (AH)H2 Honors College Writing IIH , Section 310HonorsProfessional CommunicationH , Section 301An honors section of Econ IH Section 301HonorsOrganizational BehaviorH HON 320: TopicsSmart Thinking: How toAnalyze and ArgueH7:Independent StudyH , Section 301Strategic Management
68 Nursing + Commonwealth Honors: Possible Two semester honors project experienceH HON 110: FYSH (AH)H , Section 301H2 Honors College Writing IIH , Section 301H An honors by contractalongsideHealth Promo. & RiskH HON 320: TopicsSmart Thinking: How toAnalyze and ArgueH7:Comm. Healthwith an honors add-onH8Community Projectwith an honors add-on
69 The Honors ProjectThe 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 projectA written piece produced by the individual Honors StudentA presentation given by the individual Honors StudentAn Honors Project AdvisorAn 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 projectAn artistic projectA sound recording mixA software projectA business-planA required in-the-field experience
71 The Honors ProjectLinked-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 ProjectHonors 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 ThesisThe 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 GuidelineIf 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 GuidelinesIf 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 GuidelineHonors 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.