Monday, November 17, 2008

New Honors Program

A competitive honors program is to be instituted at Middlesex County College as of the beginning of its Spring 2009 semester. The program is geared toward students who are interested in transferring to four-year colleges and universities nationwide. However, there are certain requirements the students must meet in order to become part of the program. Students must have either achieved a score of 1,200 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or have a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

The reason for the institution of such a program is to create a competition amongst the students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities from MCC. Mathew Spano, an associate professor of English and co-director of the honors program stated, “The goals of the program are to offer greater opportunity for more innovative teaching; ancillary activities to enhance learning; provide additional community-service opportunities for students; attract and retain higher-achieving students and increase public awareness of the value of a MCC education.”

The program requires the completion of Honors courses in various formats. Students can take one honors course, follow a departmental program (which includes three courses in a single discipline), or participate in “Full Honors” by completing five Honors courses in three different areas and participating in an Honors seminar. The following courses will be included in the honors program as of Spring 2009: Mythology and Literature, Political Thought in America and English II (Writing About Survival).

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