CAS Honors Scholars

CAS Honors Scholars

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CAS Honors Scholars Requirements

To achieve graduation as a CAS Honors Scholar, a student must maintain a 3.5 GPA and must complete the following requirements, at least one each semester:

  1. Complete CAS-H101 – Honors Strategies for Success.
  2. Complete 4 general education (or major) requirements (3-4 credits each) at the honors level. One of these must be a first-year honors course taken in the first semester (Honors Seminar for Freshmen, Honors Creativity and Innovation, or Honors Advanced First-Year Writing).
  3. Archive reflections on CAS Honors Blackboard, one in each of the first six semesters. Guidelines for writing reflections are available on the Honors Blackboard site. The first reflection will be written in Honors CAS H101; others should be archived in Blackboard within two weeks following the last day of the semester.
  4. Earn 6 or more Honors Option Points (HOPs) with at least one point in 3 of 4 categories: 1) additional academic work, 2) experiential engagement, 3) research/creativity, or 4) community contribution. For guidelines for HOP options, see the CAS Honors Blackboard site. Internships counted toward major requirements may not ‘double-count’ toward honors requirements. To earn Honors Option Points, sign up for the relevant class BEFORE the Last Day to Add/Register for Classes of the semester. Follow the syllabus for that class.
  5. Complete a senior honors experience: either satisfy the requirements for “Honors in the Major” (see major-specific information about senior year/departmental honors requirements) or satisfy the requirements for an Honors Portfolio. Sign up for relevant classes in the major or for CAS-H520 – Senior Honors Portfolio. Portfolio content submitted to satisfy the honors requirement may not overlap with portfolio content submitted to satisfy major requirements. Research or creative projects completed to satisfy Senior Year/Departmental Honors in the Major must be presented at the Suffolk Honors Symposium (Reading Day); portfolios must be published on the web.

Maintaining Eligibility in the Honors Program

To remain in good standing as an Honors Scholar, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 GPA and must have no grades of D, F, or I. Students must also demonstrate progress to completion of honors requirements, archiving reflections on time and on average completing at least one 3-4 credit honors-level course or two HOPs per semester. Finally honors students must be in good standing with Suffolk University and have no disciplinary actions with the Dean of Students’ Office. To maintain good standing, students must also be in compliance with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

CAS Honors Courses

CAS Honors Scholars

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors students only. SBS students by special permission.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

CAS H101 is a one-credit course with no prerequisites that meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. This course will also give you opportunities to connect with the honors community, both on and off-campus. CAS H101 is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments, you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as an honors student. You will improve your self-presentation and oral communications skills by presenting speeches and experiencing poster presentations.

Prerequisites:

CAS honors students only

Credits:

0.00

Description:

To engage with the world beyond the Suffolk campus, students take on service or experiential roles in a local, regional, or global setting. Students archive and reflect upon their experience. Completion of this course is equivalent to one Honors Option Point.

Prerequisites:

CAS honors students only

Credits:

0.00

Description:

To engage with the world beyond the Suffolk campus, students take on service or experiential roles in a local, regional, or global setting. Students archive and reflect upon their experience. Completion of this course is equivalent to two Honors Option Point.

Prerequisites:

CAS honors students only

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Students complete or contribute to a research or creative project. Projects may involve independent work or collaboration with peers or faculty advisors. Students archive and reflect upon their experience and share results with the Suffolk community. Completion of this course is equivalent to one Honors Option Point.

Prerequisites:

CAS honors students only

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Students complete or contribute to a research or creative project. Projects may involve independent work or collaboration with peers or faculty advisors. Students archive and reflect upon their experience and share results with the Suffolk community. Completion of this course is equivalent to two Honors Option Point.

Prerequisites:

CAS honors students only

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Students contribute to the university by mentoring, leading, or serving the Suffolk community. Contributions may include teaching or tutoring, administering student organizations, or promoting arts and culture. Students will archive and reflect on their experience. Completion of this course is equivalent to one Honors Option Point.

Prerequisites:

CAS honors students only

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Students contribute to the university by mentoring, leading, or serving the Suffolk community. Contributions may include teaching or tutoring, administering student organizations, or promoting arts and culture. Students will archive and reflect on their experience. Completion of this course is equivalent to two Honors Option Point.

Prerequisites:

CAS honors students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Students partner with a faculty mentor to make any course into an honors-level course. Education is enriched by enhanced or additional projects, activities, or assignments agreed upon by professor and student. Students will present their contracted honors work to the Suffolk community.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors students only; instructor approval required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

By special arrangement, a student who has declared the CAS Self-Designed Major may pursue an independent course of study and/or research or creative project under the supervision of a faculty member. The course should adhere to the guidelines for honors courses established by the honors program. Credits completed in CAS 510 count toward the total of 8 independent study credits permitted for the CAS Self-Designed Major. Consent of major advisor and instructor required. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

CAS honors students only

Credits:

0.00

Description:

In this option for an honors senior capstone experience, the student creates and publishes a portfolio of academic and co-curricular development and achievements. Students will draw upon past archives and reflections to explore how their experiences have helped them to meet honors learning goals.

Prerequisites:

Application must be made to the CAS Honors Program.

Credits:

12.00

Description:

Immerse yourself in an intensive educational experience at the Start Up Institute, a Suffolk University educational partner in downtown Boston. Students in their final year of undergraduate study enhance their professional development and networking strategies as well as acquire skills and knowledge in one of four programs: coding, web design, digital marketing, or sales. Application must be made to the CAS Honors Program.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors students only; department approval required.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

The senior honors experience in the CAS Self-Designed Major is an individual program of interdisciplinary research and/or creative work on an approved topic, under the supervision of a faculty member. Required elements of the capstone include development of a final project, report, or thesis, as well as public presentation to the Suffolk community at an honors event. The plan for the honors capstone must be approved by the honors program in advance of the semester in which the work will be completed. Must be taken for at least 3 credits and may be taken in the fall and/or spring of the senior year for a total of no more than 8 credits. Credits completed in CAS H555 count toward the total of 8 independent study credits permitted for the CAS Self-Designed Major.