College Announces New Honors Program
Middlesex County College has developed a new Honors Program for high-achieving students that will consist of Honors sections of current courses, newly created courses, and seminars. Several classes are being offered this spring in the social sciences area. In the spring and summer, the Honors Board of Directors, a group of faculty and staff, will expand the program to other academic areas for the fall.
"There are many academically talented students currently at Middlesex," said President Joann La Perla-Morales. "An Honors program will challenge them academically and provide recognition for their hard work and achievement. Honors courses approach student learning by integrating various academic disciplines and perspectives which will allow for a deep and meaningful learning experience." County College
One of the hallmarks of Middlesex is that students receive a quality education from excellent professors. Graduates have transferred to institutions such as New York, Columbia, and Rutgers. University County College
Christine Skirka says she is excited by the prospect of taking Honors courses.
"I've received a wonderful education at Middlesex, and I think this program will only enhance it," she said. "I am interested in the challenge of the Honors courses, and particularly in the field trips and guest speakers that are a part of this program." She is taking an Honors political science class this spring.
Newly admitted students who have a combined SAT score of 1200 or a cumulative 3.5 grade point average in their high school will be eligible to take Honors courses.
Current Middlesex students and those transferring in from other colleges with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average will be eligible.
Honors students may choose to take a single Honors course, or they may take "Departmental Honors," which comprises three Honors courses in a single discipline, or they may participate in "Full Honors" by completing five Honors courses in three different areas and participating in an Honors colloquium.
Biology Professor and Honors Co-Director Donna-Marie Gardner said that courses will have between 10 and 15 students per class and will feature a higher level of critical discussion and written work; ancillary activities (field trips, guest lectures, etc.); sophisticated use of research and technology; personalized scholarly research and study; opportunities for community service; and recognition for students.
"We expect them to become student leaders, mentoring and tutoring others, and sharing their talents with the College community," she said.