The Honors Program at BMCC provides eligible students with academic challenges beyond the normal parameters of a course's requirements. Qualified students, working in close conjunction with a faculty member, on an honors Committee approved project, extend their knowledge of the theoretical or practical aspects of the course and develop or enhance their writing, critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills.
The requirements to complete an Honors project are as follows: a GPA of at least 3.2; 12 credits completed at BMCC and no remediation left to do (this is so that a student’s time to complete both project and requirements is sufficient).
The Honors project is done with a professor in whose class the student is enrolled and goes beyond the normal class assignments, and thus represents scholarship as the acquisition of knowledge (there is no monetary scholarship in the program). The work is completed during one semester only and if the student successfully completes the project, an H is placed on his/her transcript after the course grade with an explanation attached.
Submission of the contract and accompanying paperwork is due by the end of the fourth week of the semester. The best practice for contract information is to contact Professor Carol Wasserman in the Modern Language department, S601M, telephone (212) 220-8116, or Professor Matthew Geddis in the Science department N699G, telephone (212) 220-1316, or in person so that we may walk student and faculty mentor through the successful completion of the work.
The mentor will then present the contract to the committee (the Honors Committee comprises one representative from each academic department) and the student will complete all work for submission and presentation before final exams.
Since this is intensive study, no student can do more than one contract per semester and one mentor may only work with one student per semester. This will ensure timely completion of each project. And yes, both the students and the faculty should feel “Honored to Participate.”
For further information about the Honors Program, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (212) 220-8320.