Honors Requirements & Eligibility

Dominican Honors Program: Mazzuchelli Scholars and Distinction Programs
Bachelor of Arts With Honors or Bachelor of Science With Honors

Socrates challenges us with the claim that the unexamined life is not worth living. The Mazzuchelli Scholars honors program contributes to the mission of the university by providing talented and self-motivated students with the opportunities and skills they will need to become lifelong learners.

Students who accept this challenge are awarded with the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors or Bachelor of Science with Honors on the recommendation of the Honors Committee and upon completion of five hours of community engagement per year and the requirements for one of the two paths described below: Honors through Project or Honors through Course Work.

Entering the Program

The honors degree program is open to full-time students who have been invited into the program. The Honors Committee sets the standards for admission, reviews the progress of the students in the program, and recommends the awarding of the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors or Bachelor of Science with Honors. Interested students should consult the directors of the honors program for current-year policies and guidelines.

In addition to the bachelor degree requirements outlined in the bulletin, all students intending to pursue an honors degree must complete the following requirements:

1. Five hours of community engagement

To support our honors community and the integration of curricular and co-curricular goals of the greater Dominican community, each Mazzuchelli Scholar will be expected to complete five hours of community engagement a year.  Each student is required to attend the Caritas Veritas symposium, the Founder’s Day dinner and the Lund Gill lecture, but can select from other Dominican co-curricular events (such as URSCI presentations, theatre productions, art gallery openings, sports events, events sponsored by other honor students, etc.). This requirement is in place to help build a stronger sense of the honors community on campus. Questions about appropriate events can be sent to the directors for approval. Students will be required to keep track of their own hours on Canvas and submit them before May 1st each year.

2. Complete four honors seminars

Honors students will complete four honors seminars to fulfill the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum seminar requirement. While the form and substance of the honors seminars are subject to approval and change by the Honors Committee, current seminar topics are:

For more detailed information, students should consult the current list of honors seminars.

Exemption from the honors freshman seminar for students admitted to the honors program in their sophomore year or acceptance of honors course work at another institution in place of the freshman and/or sophomore honors seminars is possible with the written approval of the honors directors. Honors students who follow a full-year study abroad or other academic off-campus program may petition the directors to waive the requirement.

3. Maintain a designated GPA

A cumulative grade point average of 3.30

4. Complete additional requirements, choosing one of the following paths:

A. Honors through course work: This path has the following requirements:

  • Four courses designated as honors OR
  • Three courses designated as honors and either one study abroad course, one foreign language course at the 200 level or above, or one pre-approved honors contract course (see below for procedures to intensify a traditional course to comply with expectations for an honors contract OR
  • Two courses designated as honors and at least two courses in a foreign language at a 200 level or above

B. Honors through project: This path has the following requirements:

  • Good standing in the honors program AND
  • The completion of an honors project, which is a substantial, independent distinction project approved by the Honors Committee. Distinction projects are detailed below under Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and Bachelor of Science with Distinction AND
  • Students on this path are required to complete the honors seminars but are not required to take other honors courses.

C. Students who complete both the coursework and project paths in Honors will receive a degree of Bachelor of Arts or Science with Distinction

Bachelor of Arts With Distinction and Bachelor of Science With Distinction

Students not in the honors program may elect to pursue a degree of Bachelor of Arts with Distinction or Bachelor of Science with Distinction by completing a distinction project. This project is designed to give such students in their junior and senior years the opportunity to complete a distinctive and substantial scholarly or creative work in their major field.

Students who accept this challenge are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Distinction or Bachelor of Science with Distinction on the recommendation of the Honors Committee and upon completion of the distinction project.

All students intending to pursue an honors project or a distinction project will need to complete the following requirements:

1. Declaring Intent and Finding Readers

Generally, students attempting degrees with distinction begin working on their distinction projects in the first semester of their junior years. The faculty readers in the discipline approves the project, and then the student’s first and second readers recommend the project to the Honors Committee. A project in an interdisciplinary major or one which is interdisciplinary in emphasis is submitted with prior approval from faculty from the most relevant disciplines. A student majoring in a discipline in which Dominican has only one full-time faculty member should seek approval of both project and proposal from a second faculty member who is a member of the major department or from a related discipline in another department, whichever is more appropriate for the project.

2. GPA

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible: junior status, a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher in the field of the distinction project, an overall grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

3. Course Work

If the student’s proposal is accepted, the student must take ENGL 345 - Advanced Academic Writing as a part of the project. Exemption from this requirement is possible at the discretion of the course instructor.

4. Public Presentation and Archiving the Project

After the final draft is approved, the student will be required to give a public presentation on his or her project at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigation Exposition (URSCI). Depositing the final version of the project in Constellation, the digital repository of scholarship, is the final step in completing the Degree with Distinction. A student must deposit the project by the last week of classes in the Spring semester.

Other Information

Deadlines and guides for writing a distinction proposal and project guides for both students and faculty mentors are available from the honors directors or the Departmental Honors Project site.

Students who decide not to complete their projects must send a statement of their reasons to the Honors Committee via the directors. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be required by the Honors Committee to withdraw their projects.

Additional information regarding both the honors and distinction programs is available from the honors Canvas site, the honors directors, or from the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Advising Office.

Honors degrees are awarded on the basis of the cumulative grade point average of all baccalaureate course work taken at Dominican.

To graduate with an Honors degree or Degree with Distinction, students are responsible for submitting their “Intent to Graduate” forms to the directors of the Mazzuchelli Scholars Program before graduation.  If a student elects to complete an Honors contract for a non-honors course, he or she much agree to the terms of the intensification with the professor and an honors director ideally before the course is undertaken. The contract must be submitted for approval to the professor of the course and an honors director before the university deadline for Intensifications in the semester the course is being undertaken. The "Intent to Graduate" and Honors Contract forms are located in the honors Canvas site and available from the Honors directors.