Honors Degree Program


Honors Degree Program at Rollins

The academic excellence you will encounter at Rollins is reinforced every day through our acclaimed Honors Program. The Honors Program is designed for students who bring exceptional abilities and are looking for a heightened educational journey marked by a distinct core of interdisciplinary courses, team-taught honors seminars, significant independent research opportunities, and the chance to meet separately with distinguished visiting speakers and lecturers. The Honors Degree Program leads to a distinct and separate undergraduate degree Artium Baccalaureus Honoris, the Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree. Students

Eligibility

First-year students are invited to enter the Honors Degree Program if their high school record shows evidence of a special scholastic attitude and aptitude. Honors students represent the top 10 percent of an entering class. Each year, a small number of sophomore students are admitted to the Honors Degree Program based on their performance and the rigor of their schedule as freshmen.

Program Features

A central feature of the Honors Degree Program is the community of learners that develops through shared experiences, collaborative projects, and lively seminar discussions. This sense of community begins during the first days on campus through the Honors Conference Seminar and culminates with the Seniors Honors Research Seminar and an Honors Celebration at which students present and discuss the findings of their independent research projects. Honors students find that the challenge and excitement of learning is not dependent on faculty members, but arises freely and exuberantly within this community of peers.

Living and Learning

First-year Honors students also live in the same housing unit so that they can easily continue their conversations from class and participate in special programs specifically designed for Honors students. These living arrangements significantly enhance the experience of community so unique to the Honors program.

Graduation Requirements

The Honors Bachelor of Arts degree, Artium Baccalaureus Honoris, is a distinct and separate undergraduate degree. Candidates must satisfy course, credit, grade, and examination requirements.

Courses and Credit Requirements Seminars

HON 201: Honors Conference Seminar
We will offer two sections of this course with different themes normally taught by two faculty apiece.  Faculty will come from two different departments and generally from two different divisions.

HON 202: First-Year Honors Spring Seminar
We will offer two sections of this course with different themes normally taught by two faculty apiece.  Faculty will come from two different departments and generally from two different divisions.

HON 301: Sophomore Honors Seminar
We will offer two sections of this course with different themes normally taught by two faculty apiece.  Faculty will come from two different departments and generally from two different divisions.

Note: In order to insure that all Honors Degree Students have a broad exposure to all of the Liberal Arts, the Honors Degree Supervisory Board will designate each seminar as fulfilling one or more of the three distribution requirements: Arts and Humanities (AH), Social Sciences (SS), and Natural Sciences (NS).  Depending on the disciplines of the faculty involved seminars may have up to two distribution designations.  All Honors students must have at least on seminar in each of these three areas.  The Honors Degree Supervisory Board will review the records of all sophomores to make certain that each student has fulfilled this requirement.  In addition, faculty advisors of freshman honors students will also work closely with their advisees to make certain that Honors students undertake the broadest possible exposure to the liberal arts.

HON 302: Sophomore Honors Seminar—Making Sense: Inquiry and Interpretation in Research.  Students will pursue small-scale individual research projects on various disciplines, focused on a broad common topic.

HON 401/402: Thesis Prospectus Seminar.  This course provides direction, discipline, and support as students seek to identify, sharpen, and develop the focus of their senior research project.

HON 450: Senior Honors Research Seminar.  Provides support for honors students as they undertake their individual senior research project.

Independent Studies

HON 498/499: Senior Honors Research Project (two semesters)

General Education Requirements

    * Writing Reinforcement (R)
    * Knowledge of Other Cultures (C)
    * Decision Making and Valuation (V)
    * Foreign Language (F)
    * Laboratory Science (O or P, with N)
    * Quantitative Methods (Q)

Major Field

All courses required for major, normally 48–64 semester hours.

Electives

Including optional minor of 32–48 semester hours

Program Completion

Honors Degree students must normally fulfill the above academic requirements in no less than 140 semester hours. In addition, for the sake of providing flexibility in their academic scheduling, Honors students are required to complete only two physical education courses:

    * Basic Physical Education 1
    * Physical Education Elective 1

Nonetheless, the program does support the principle of sound mind in a sound body and therefore recommends the usual four physical education courses.

Grades

Candidates for the Honors B.A. degree must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33 to continue in the program and earn the degree.

Program Faculty

Gay Biery-Hamilton
Hanna-Rust Scholar and Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs (1994; 2003); B.S., M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida

Barbara H. Carson
Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English (1979; 1988); B.A., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Robert G. Carson
Professor of Physics and Coordinator, Pre-Engineering Program (1972; 1983); B.S., Florida State University; Ph.D., John Hopkins University

J. Thomas Cook
Professor of Philosophy (1982; 1993); B.A., Johns Hopkins University; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Hoyt L. Edge
Hugh F. and Jeanette G. McKean Chair and Professor of Philosophy (1970; 1981); B.A., Stetson University; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

MaryAnne E. Hunt
Assistant Professor of Psychology (2000; 2000); B.S., University of Montana; M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah

Jill Jones
Associate Professor English (1996; 2002); B.A., M.A., University of New Hampshire; Ph.D., Tufts University

Stephen W. Klemann
Professor of Biology (1982; 1993); B.A., Hanover College; M.S., Ph.D., Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Carol Lauer
Professor of Anthropology (1977; 1989); B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

R. Barry Levis
Professor of History (1968; 1978); B.S., M.A., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Susan Libby
Assistant Professor of Art History (1998; 2000); B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland

Walter S. Phelan
Professor of English (1971; 1981); A.B., Pontifical College Josephinum; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Judy Schmalstig
Associate Professor of Biology (1991; 1997); B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.S., The Ohio State University; Ph.D., University of Dayton

R. Bruce Stephenson
Professor of Environmental Studies (1988; 2000); B.A., Florida Southern College; Master of City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University; Ph.D., Emory University

Kenna C. Taylor
Professor of Economics (1974; 1998); B.A., M.A., Ohio State University; Ph.D., University of Florida

Richard R. Vitray
Professor of Mathematics (1990; 2000); B.S., Antioch College; M.S., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Gary L. Williams
Professor of History (1972; 1992); A.B., Centre College; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

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