The Boston area offers a unique opportunity to engage the life of the mind and has historically been at the center of intellectual, cultural, and political developments in U.S. history. ENC is a part of this rich academic landscape and offers students unique opportunities to expand one’s learning. To this end, ENC’s Honors Scholar Society supplements students’ academic, spiritual, and ethical development through courses and activities designed to stretch the mind and strengthen the heart. Eligible students are encouraged to participate in honors classes, extracurricular activities, service projects, and learning opportunities with contemporary scholars in various fields. Honors students will have the opportunity to attend lectures by leading scholars at local institutions (such as Harvard, MIT, Boston Public Library, JFK Library, etc.) while also making their own contributions through senior research projects. The program continues the long history of academic excellence at ENC, and students who successfully complete the program will graduate with the transcript designation of Honors Scholar.
First-year students are invited to join the Honors Scholar Society by applying during the Fall semester to take the Honors course IS199 Contemporary Questions during the Spring semester. Students who complete IS199 with a B or better grade and have attained a composite GPA of 3.5 or above will be inducted into the Society at the end of their first year. Transfer students and others who did not take IS199 may still join the Honors Scholar Society if after two full semesters at ENC they earn a composite GPA of 3.5 or higher and successfully complete at least one Honors course (either a designated Honors course or by contract).
Benefits Enjoyed by Honors Scholars
Honors Scholars are invited to participate in the Honors Scholar Society socials, lectures, trips, and leadership activities. The Society fosters a tight-knit community with access to an Honors Study Lounge and regular brown-bag lunches. Eligible students may enroll in Honors Scholar Program courses and also have the option of contracting regular courses for honors credit. Any honors courses completed with a grade of at least a B will be indicated as Honors Level on academic transcripts. Students will also have the opportunity to take IS299, a course that requires students to attend with ENC faculty multiple lectures in the Boston area over the course of a semester. These excursions allow students to hear from leading scholars in various fields and then afterward discuss these topics with ENC faculty and students over dinner. Past IS299 trips included attending talks at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, the Harvard Natural History Museum, MIT, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston College, the Adams Historic Homes, and many more sites of learning.
Students who successfully complete all Honors Scholar Society requirements will be recognized at graduation ceremonies and receive an Honors Scholar notation on their transcripts.
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Honors Scholar Program Requirements
To graduate with an Honors Scholar notation on their diplomas and transcripts, students must finish with a composite GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete the following Honors Scholar Society requirements:
- Earn at least a B in two honors courses within their major, which are typically done by contract. Participation in contracted honors courses involves an extension of the syllabi. Individual professors should be contacted about taking their course for honors credit. A Petition for Contracting a Course for Honors Credit must be submitted the second week of the course. A student with a double major may contract one course in each major or two courses in the major of their primary interest.
- Earn at least a B in two honors courses outside their major.
- Earn at least a B in any two honors courses of the student’s choosing, bringing the total number of honors courses on the student record to six.
- Fulfill a service learning requirement of 150 hours during their time at ENC.
- Complete a piece of original research suitable for presentation at the annual Academic Symposium during the time that they hold junior or senior standing at ENC.
Students are responsible to register for courses, complete program requirements, and verify their status as an Honors Scholar with the Honors Scholar Society. If you have any questions, email email@example.com.