Dr. Erin Sadlack, Honors Program Director
The Honors Program provides a vibrant academic community that presents Marywood’s students with a variety of challenging intellectual opportunities to engage in research and scholarship. Whether through honors seminars in the core curriculum or through in-depth studies in their majors, students practice critical thinking skills, learn and apply research methods in their disciplines, and create new knowledge in their fields of study. By participating in the program’s extracurricular activities and learning to do independent research, honors students practice the skills that prepare them to take leadership roles in a diverse and interdependent world.
Through engaging in research and taking advantage of opportunities to gain professional experience by participating in academic conferences, research forums, exhibitions, and leadership colloquia or by attending campus speakers’ talks or gallery exhibitions, honors students enhance their baccalaureate experience and prepare for post-graduate success in their chosen fields.
Marywood is a member of both the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Northeast Region Collegiate Honors Council.
The Honors Program at Marywood University is an open program. In order to register for honors courses, a student must maintain a minimum QPA of 3.33. To graduate with the Citation in Honors, a student must achieve a minimum 3.50 cumulative QPA.
To earn the Citation in Honors, a student must successfully complete:
The Honors Program at Marywood will also accept one honors course transferred from another college or university, or one study abroad course. Students may be asked to provide a syllabus or sample of honorslevel work.
The Honors Thesis is the capstone of the Honors Program at Marywood University. Broadly defined, the thesis brings together the student's major area of study and the liberal arts core. For example, an analysis of the structure of a novelist's style may contain reflections on the meaning of that style within a historical or sociological context. The thesis thus contains two elements: specialization in discipline and generalization in humanities.
Students who are planning to write their theses should begin by meeting with their advisors the semester before they would like to begin their research and writing. While students generally write their theses in their senior year, we recommend that students planning their student teaching, internships or field research start in their junior year to avoid conflicts.
To receive academic credit for the thesis, students must register for the courses Honors Thesis 478A and 478B (psychology majors should consult with their advisors and the Director of Honors and Fellowships for alternate course scheduling) under their respective departments. Each section comprises 1.5 credits, and students must submit a timeline for the work they plan to complete over the course of each semester they are writing. The grade for 478A is based on the research the student accomplishes, while 478B is for the completed, written version of the thesis. The thesis will be due in the spring semester of the student's senior year, submitted to the Honors Program Director by the annual published deadlines.
All honors students planning to write a thesis must schedule a formal meeting with the Honors Program Director during the first two weeks of the semester they begin in order to discuss the issues related to the thesis. At this meeting, monthly appointments will be scheduled to ensure that procedure is followed and to address questions and doubts that may arise during the research.
Based on their high school transcripts, standardized test scores, class rank, and specified interests, freshmen may be placed in honors courses their first semester at Marywood. Students who meet the requirements may choose to apply to continue in the program after their first semester.
Any Marywood student who achieves a 3.33 QPA or higher after his or her first semester may register for honors courses, and after the first semester taking honors courses, may elect to apply to complete the program. Note: a 3.50 cumulative QPA is required to complete the degree and graduate with the Citation in Honors. Students interested in pursuing the Citation in Honors should visit the Honors Program Director to review the requirements and fill out the necessary forms.
Honors courses and projects are designated by a special code that appears on a student’s transcript. A student completing the honors degree receives the Citation in Honors, which is noted on all official transcripts and on the diploma.
The Honors Program and the Undergraduate Research Review Committee promote and support undergraduate research and scholarly activity by providing funding for undergraduates to conduct research and to travel to present their work. The committee also sponsors the Undergraduate Research Forum, at which students can present research projects, read papers, exhibit original art and photography, and discuss experiences from conferences and conventions. Students can apply for funding by visiting the Honors Program website for a Research Proposal Form. The Committee reviews and evaluates the proposals, then submits approved projects to the Honors Program Director for funding.
The Scholarships and Fellowships Committee is dedicated to helping students apply for awards at the undergraduate and graduate level. The committee identifies eligible students, advises during the application process, and recommends or nominates students for awards. Scholarships and fellowships are available for study in the United States as well as abroad. Interested students should contact the scholarship’s assigned faculty adviser for more information.