2020-2021 Catalogue

Honors Program

HOW TO APPLY

Initially, the Office of Undergraduate Admission handles first acceptance to the Honors Program. However, students who have an excellent academic record and are motivated to work at the Honors level may apply for admission to the Honors Program. Applicants must have at least two full years remaining at Bentley and have maintained at least a 3.4 GPA while at Bentley. If admitted, students must complete their Honors course work including two or three courses in their major, and a Capstone research project or class. In addition, students are required to adhere to the required overall GPA throughout. Admission is at the discretion of The Honors Leadership Team, in tandem with the Honors Faculty Council. 

IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM AFTER A FULL SEMESTER AT BENTLEY, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Write a 300-word statement to the Director of the Honors Program explaining your interest in the program, your reason for applying, and why the Honors Program is a good fit for you. Be sure to include your name, email address, year, student ID number, and probable major.
  2. Provide the Director of the Honors Program with the names and contact information of two faculty members. At least one, but preferably both, should be from a full-time faculty member.
  3. Academic research can be defined as the process of original discovery, or original interpretation or revision of existing research or knowledge in a society. With that definition as context, write a 350-word original essay answering: “Why is research important to the learning process, and how can research make a positive impact on society?” 
  4. For current Bentley university students, you may submit your application materials either during the fall application window between December 15 and January 10 or during the spring application window, after May 1 but no later than May 31. 

    For transfer students, contact the Director of the Honors Program at any time for specific deadlines.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Students in the Honors Program must meet complete:

  • Overall GPA requirements detailed below. Additionally, they must adhere to Honors Program academic integrity standards
  • Service-learning experience during their second year in the form of either a 4th credit Service Learning class or an embedded Service Learning course, as defined by the  Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center
  • Students must take the Diversity Intensive Focus courses of their General Education requirements as honors. 
  • Global Experience component  which is fulfilled either by writing a self-reflection paper for students who study abroad at any of the programs sponsored by Bentley; or by taking an international focused course as defined by the  General Education Core. Students who chose to take an international-focused course will need to complete an Honors Contract to receive Honors credit for this course

For students admitted to the Honors Program by the Office of Undergraduate Admission

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
FS 111First Year Seminar (Honors)1
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics (Honors) 13
EXP 101Expository Writing I: Critical Thinking and Writing (Honors)3
EXP 201Expository Writing II: Advanced Inquiry in Writing (Honors)3
One of the following:3
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Honors)
Tools and Concepts in Accounting and Finance (Honors)
Five Honors Elective Courses 215 to 16
Capstone Experience3

For Bentley University students admitted by the Honors Program after their first semester

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
Linking Honors Seminar3
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics (Honors) 13
EXP 201Expository Writing II: Advanced Inquiry in Writing (Honors) 13
Five Honors Elective Courses 215 to 16
Capstone Experience3

For Transfer Students

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
One of the following:3
Linking Honors Course
Expository Writing I: Critical Thinking and Writing (Honors)
Expository Writing II: Advanced Inquiry in Writing (Honors)
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics (Honors) 13
One of the following:
GB 110Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Honors)3
GB 112Tools and Concepts in Accounting and Finance (Honors)3
Five Honors Elective Courses 115 to 16
Capstone Experience3

OVERALL GPA REQUIREMENTS

End of the first full semester at Bentley University: 3.3

End of the second full semester at Bentley University: 3.3

End of the third full semester at Bentley University: 3.4

End of the fourth full semester at Bentley University: 3.4

End of the fifth full semester at Bentley University to graduation: 3.5*

* All Honors students must graduate with at least a 3.5 overall GPA, regardless of circumstances.

HONORS CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE

During the fall semester of their junior year, Honors students are required to select from one of three capstone tracks: (1) the Scholarly Project Track, (2) the Creative Project Track, or (3) the Community-Based Research Track. The Scholarly Project Track allows students to work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to complete a scholarly research project. Scholarly projects should aim to make an original contribution to the academic literature. The Creative Project Track also allows students to work with a faculty advisor. Students who chose the Creative Track are tasked with producing a creative project, such as an art installation, a musical score, poetry anthology, or any other form of artistic expression. The Community-Based Research Track brings together a team of students and tasks them with completing an applied research project on behalf of a community partner, such a non-profit or governmental organization. A faculty advisor guides student teams.

All Honors Program students are required to complete a three-credit Capstone experience. Students are required to present their research at the Undergraduate Research Conference, which is held during the end of the spring semester of their senior year.

REQUIREMENTS BY TRACK

The Scholarly and Creative Track

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
HNR 450Honors Capstone: Project Proposal1
HNR 460Honors Capstone Project2

The Community-Based Research Track

Course Title Credits
HNR 445(H) Honors Capstone Course3

HONORS PROBATION

If a student does not achieve the required GPA at the end of a semester (fall, spring, or summer), the student will be placed automatically on academic probation within the Honors Program and be given the subsequent semester after the term in which they fell below to raise their overall GPA to the required standards. Students who are on academic probation must meet with  an academic advisor and the Director of the Honors Program to develop a plan to support their academic success If a student fails to meet the minimum Honors Program GPA requirement at the end of their first semester on academic probation the probationary period may be extended for another semester if the student’s GPA improves substantially. In order to obtain this extension, the student must meet with the Director of the Honors Program. If a student’s GPA does not improve substantially after the subsequent semester in which they fell below the required GPA and/or does not meet the required GPA after an extended probation period, the student will be dismissed from the Honors Program. If the student is on a leave of absence from the University or studying abroad the subsequent semester, the first semester in which the student returns to campus will apply in raising their overall GPA to the required standards. Students who fall below the required overall GPA more than once will be dismissed from the Honors Program.

Students who have been dismissed from the Honors Program do have the option to submit an appeal. The Honors Leadership, in tandem with the Honors Faculty Council, will evaluate whether or not the extenuating circumstances directly and clearly adversely affected the student’s academic performance as well the student’s potential for satisfying the program requirements for graduation. Students whose appeals are granted will receive one additional probationary semester to meet the required GPA minimum.  No other grounds for appeal will be considered. 

HONORS PROGRAM ACADEMIC INTEGRITY GUIDELINES

Participation in the Honors Program is a privilege and, as such, students are subject to removal from the program for breaches of academic integrity (AI) guidelines. To encourage leadership and ethical responsibility, students are expected to voluntarily report academic integrity charges to the Director of the Honors Program, upon formal receipt of charges from a faculty member

The following serves as a guideline to dismissal from the Honors Program for AI breaches. Students may be permanently removed from the Honors Program under the following circumstances:

  • If a student receives two or more Level I AI sanctions.
  • If a student receives one or more Level II AI sanctions.

Students who are subject to the above removal criteria will be removed from the Honors Program upon a finding of a violation from the Academic Integrity Director and the Academic Integrity Board, if applicable. At such time, the Academic Integrity Director and/or the Academic Integrity Board will notify student of removal from the Honors Program, in addition to any other applicable academic sanctions related to the charges, and notify the Honors Program of the removal sanction.

To ensure consistency between current campus-wide and Honors Program academic integrity procedures, and to facilitate fairness and educate students about academic integrity, any AI incident involving an Honors Program student will automatically result in an Academic Integrity Hearing, regardless of the Level of AI violation, unless the student chooses to admit to the allegations, accept the proposed sanctions, and resign from the Honors Program.  In an AI Hearing the student’s Honors Program affiliation will not be admitted and may have no bearing on the judgment of a violation. If the hearing determines the allegation to be an AI violation, the hearing shall include removal from the Honors Program in its consideration of appropriate sanctions based upon the Honors Program’s guidelines for dismissal above.  If removal is determined appropriate, the student is notified in writing of the sanction and pending the result of the student’s right to appeal under the AI policy – the Honors Program Director is notified. In the situation where a pending incident report may impact graduation privileges, the AI Director will inform the Honors Program Director of the existence of a pending incident report without any details.

In the event that charges occur near the end of the semester in which the student is graduating, every effort shall be made to adjudicate the case promptly in order to determine whether the student will graduate out of the Honors Program. However, all privileges of the Honors Program, including walking with Honors at graduation and Honors transcript designations will be suspended until such time as resolution of the case occurs through the Academic Integrity process. Students can appeal the suspension of privileges in writing temporarily for the purposes of walking with Honors at graduation by requesting that the case be reviewed by the Director of the Honors Program. Temporary provisions of walking with Honors at graduation will be based on a preliminary review of all charges, circumstances and evidence available, and based upon the ability of the Director to review the case in a timely manner, and is solely for the purpose of the opportunity to walk with Honors designation at graduation. Reinstatement of this privilege in light of evidence and circumstances has no bearing on the ultimate outcome of the charges, and in no way should be interpreted as reflective of a pending decision by the Academic Integrity Board or Director.

The circumstances in which Honors Program students are subject to removal from the Program are subject to periodic review and update, and may change as University-wide academic integrity standards and policies are updated or changed.