In order to be a member of the Honors Program and to graduate with honors, all students have to fulfill the following requirements:
- Maintain a GPA of or above 3.5 in each and every semester at Wagner College.
- Have finished two honors courses at the end of the sophomore year.
- Have finished four honors courses at the end of the junior year.
- Have submitted a Senior Honors Project proposal before the end of the junior year.
- Have finished five honors courses at the end of the senior year.
- Have finished a Senior Honors Project and a thesis in April of the senior year.
- Have presented your Senior Honors Project in a public poster session before graduation.
If honors students finish a semester with a GPA below 3.5, they will be put on probation for one semester. During this semester, students cannot benefit from early registration. In order to be re-admitted, students have to file a new, complete application, including the completed application form, a short 400 - 500 word essay, and two letters of recommendation by Wagner College faculty members have to be submitted to the program director.
A rule for the requirements for the Honors Program has been updated. From now on all honors students are allowed to replace ONE of the five required honors courses with an Independent Study that is designated as fulfilling a requirement of the Honors Program. The precise language is:
"One of the five required honors courses can be substituted with an independent study that is designated to meet "Honors Program" requirement. The original of the Independent Study Application form must be submitted to the Registrar. A copy of the form must be submitted to the Director of the Honors Program. A description of the activities which will be required of the student in order to complete the Independent Study must also include why the independent study meets requirements of the Honors Program and should be counted as an honors course."
What is an Independent Study?
Independent Studies are courses that are possible in all academic departments under the course number XX 593 (XX standing for the department abbreviation like EC for Economics, CH for Chemistry, or EN for English). The course descriptions somewhat change from department to department. Independent Studies are not regularly offered courses, but students must inquire with a faculty member to offer this option. After a student and a professor agreed on an Independent Study, an application form has to be completed, signed by the faculty member, and submitted to the registrar. In case that an Independent Study has the merit of an honors course, the respective check mark must be made on the application form, and the description of the Independent Study on the form must include an explanation why this Independent Study merits honors designation. A copy of the form must be submitted to the Director of the Honors Program.
Students who transfer to Wagner College from a different college/university as freshman, sophomore or junior can apply to the Honors Program after finishing the first semester at Wagner College with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The application process is identical to the application of students from Wagner College (application form, short essay, two recommendations from Wagner College faculty members; see above). Juniors who transfer to Wagner College can only become members of the Honors Program, if they successfully transfer honors courses from their former institution (see below). Seniors who transfer to Wagner College cannot become members of the Honors Program.
Transfer students who were members of the Honors Program at their former institution can transfer up to two honors courses from the former college/university. The honors status of these courses must be verified by submitting a transcript and course descriptions to the director of the Honors Program at Wagner College. A minimum of three honors courses must be taken at Wagner College in order to successfully finish the Honors Program.
All other requirements of the Honors Program are identical for original students at Wagner College and for students transferring to Wagner College as freshman, sophomore or junior.