Students may apply to follow a program in honors which involves work in special courses designated each semester as honors courses and the development of individual projects designed in consultation with faculty mentors.
The Honors Program at Albertus Magnus College gives me a wonderful opportunity to challenge myself beyond what I ever thought I could achieve. It has provided me a sense of accomplishment and continues to help me grow in knowledge. The program has definitely benefited me by providing me more chances to push myself, accomplish goals, and meet amazing people who are just as driven as me. I recommend the Honors Program to any student wanting to go above and beyond just the regular college experience! – Emily Matousek, Class of 2013.
Incoming freshmen are chosen for the program based on their cumulative high school grade point average and their combined SAT scores (reading, writing and math). Incoming first year students will receive notice of their selection into the Honors Program upon being accepted into AMC. A formal letter written by Christine Atkins and Richard Lolatte, along with an Honors brochure, will be mailed in December.
Full-time students at Albertus Magnus College are eligible to participate in the Honors Program by maintaining a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
Eligible first-year students may take EN 106, EN 107, EN 155, HU 113 and HU 114 as honors courses. They are encouraged to take Honors Biology as well as Honors Evolution of Art. To successfully complete the program, these students must take four additional three-credit honors courses. Students not completing the courses listed above for honors credit must take six three-credit honors courses. All honors students must take at least one B course and one C course for honors credit. To graduate from the Honors Program, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Fulfillment of Requirements
Students may satisfy requirements for the Honors Program by taking designated honors courses, by contracting with individual faculty members to design a regular course as an honors course for that student, by successfully completing the Aquinas Scholars Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.7, or by taking independent studies or tutorials that are considered by the faculty to be eligible for honors credit.
Student Thoughts about the Program
What is/was your favorite thing about the honors program/your major at Albertus and why?
Morgan says: My favorite thing about the honors program at Albertus is how it has such a supportive community of students and how it helps a student learn as much as he or she can in an undergraduate program. In my freshman year at Albertus, I liked how my honors classes consisted of the same group of students; by sharing classes with the same students every day, it was easier for me to make new friends and acquaintances and I was able to have a good “built-in” support group. I also thought that my Honors classes helped me adjust to college work in tremendous ways. I loved how the academic rigor of the program helped me challenge myself, made me solve problems in ways that I wouldn’t have originally thought of, and made me see life and academics in new and interesting ways. The professors in the Honors program were the best teachers and mentors that I have had in my academic career and they were extremely supportive of all of their students; I loved working with my professors and I greatly benefitted from what they have taught me throughout my years at Albertus.
How did studying at Albertus prepare you for what you're doing now?
I think that studying at Albertus has helped prepare me for life after college by giving me the confidence and strength to voice my own opinions. Before I came to Albertus, I was an extremely shy person. Other people intimidated me and I didn’t have the confidence to go up to someone and start a conversation; I also didn’t have the confidence to try new, fun, and interesting things, something that I would later regret when I looked back on my years at high school. However, by coming to Albertus, learning from my professors, and making new friends, I gained more self-confidence and pride in myself and I challenged myself by starting more conversations with different people and trying new things; and through this, I felt happier and I became less shy around other people. In today’s world, I think that it’s important to be able to talk to people and gain connections with those people, no matter what their personality might be like. Studying at Albertus has helped me find the confidence and strength to make meaningful, social connections with other people and I’m happy to say that I’ve undergone many positive changes both emotionally and socially through my experiences at Albertus.
Christine Ratcliffe, Art Therapy major. Paintings from her two series on mental illness and outer space.
Ramona says: Being in the Honors Program at Albertus Magnus College has helped me stay focused on my goals for the time I get to experience here, as well as for my future. My focuses are staying up on my work, grades, and relationships with my Professors here at AMC. In the future, all of my hard work, dedication, and connections through the Honors Program will ultimately pay off for the better. I plan to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Spanish. The classes that I am taking here at AMC will prepare me for my future career in Criminal Justice. The Honors Program Director, my Spanish Professor, and my advisor, is Dr. Christine Atkins. Throughout my experience here at AMC she has helped me out the most in all three categories. My most important goal is to hopefully be fluent in Spanish when I graduate because I know it will benefit my future, especially while having a career in Criminal Justice field. However, the Honors Program here at AMC isn't just all about the extra long assignments, amazing grades, and the cool blue jackets...it's about having a sense of belonging in the college, knowing you will always have somewhere, or someone, to go if you think you are getting lost or off track with anything. That's my favorite part about being in the Honors Program.
Maria says: The honors program at Albertus Magnus College has been influential during my time at Albertus Magnus College in more ways than one. It can be confusing to figure out credits and logistical issues in college, especially as a transfer student, but Dr. Atkins, the honors advisor, helps alleviate much of the stress. Advising is less confusing, since she always manages to convey important information clearly and follows up quickly. The projects required for the honors program are what make the honors program so interesting for me. There is a different feeling when you are doing research or writing a paper on a topic that is of personal interest than when you are doing regular coursework. It is exciting to pick your own topic and learn something that is unexpected or go more in depth on a topic that fascinates you. I am glad that the honors program has afforded me the opportunity to make the most out of my college education and to enjoy what I am learning.
In addition to adding this distinction to their resume/CV, Honors students receive the following benefits:
- Increased academic rigor.
- A sense of camaraderie with other students in the program.
- Accepted student contact calls in early March.
- An invitation to the Accepted Student Scholarship/Honors Brunch.
- Early registration for all classes each semester beginning their freshman year.
- A kick-off pizza luncheon to meet other students in the Honors Program each September.
- Cultural events such as dinners, trips to the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven Symphony, Long Wharf Theatre, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park.
- Cords at graduation.
Director of the Honors Program
Dr. Christine Dolan Atkins
Aquinas Hall 234