Honors Program at FCLC

The honors program at Fordham College at Lincoln Center is an opportunity for talented and motivated students to explore many areas of learning in a small intellectual community of student scholars and faculty. The program is limited to approximately 18 students in each year and is directed by a faculty member, as well as a faculty adviser who stays with each class through their four years. The honors program gives students a solid grounding in the major academic disciplines, and then prepares the students for independent learning and research, culminating in a senior thesis or project.

Students are selected for invitations to the honors program in the spring before their first year. On rare occasions students are admitted to the program in the middle of their first year or at the beginning of their sophomore year. The honors curriculum replaces the regular Core Curriculum of the college with a series of intensive seminars. A dedicated honors seminar room on the ninth floor of the Lowenstein Center is available for honors classes and other activities. Students enrolled in the honors program gather outside of class for occasional dinners, visits to museums and libraries, and cultural events.

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Visit the Lincoln Center Honors Program web page.

During the first year the honors student takes four honors seminars (two each semester) in philosophy, English, theology, and history. In addition, students take a full year interdisciplinary natural science and math class and workshops in writing and public speaking. Honors students also take a year of a modern or classical language at the intermediate level or higher. (If a student starts a new language in the first year, four semesters will be required.) 

In sophomore year honors students have more choice in their schedule. Each semester they take two interrelated honors courses that use the resources of New York City. The other six courses taken in sophomore year are chosen by the student in consultation with the class adviser.

In the junior year, the student’s primary focus is on the major course of study, but students also complete an honors course from among the following options:

  • They may elect to study abroad in a program approved by the honors committee.
  • They may complete a tutorial designed by the student and one or more faculty and approved by the committee.
  • They may arrange a special internship/tutorial (e.g., work with an artist, writer, or scientist, with directed academic readings), approved by the committee.
  • They may undertake a yearlong directed reading course (outside the student’s major) with written and oral examinations, approved by the committee.

In the senior year, honors students will participate with their peers in a senior thesis workshop and in the honors Senior Values seminar. Finally, to receive honors, students are required to present  a thesis or the equivalent (i.e., completed a special scientific research project or artistic project). 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
HPLC 1201 Honors: English 3
HPLC 1401 Honors: Theology 3
HPLC 1603 Honors: Natural Science I 4
HPLC 1811 Honors: Writing Intensive 2
Modern or classical language 3
 Credits15
Spring
HPLC 1001 Honors Philosophy 3
HPLC 1801 Honors: History 3
HPLC 1604 Honors: Natural Science II 4
HPLC 1011 Honors: Speech and Rhetoric I 1
Modern or classical language 3
 Credits14
Year 2
Fall
HPLC 2501 Honors: Art History at the Museums 3
HPLC 2803 Honors: Trends in NYC 3
Three major or elective courses 9 to 12
 Credits15-18
Spring
HPLC 2610 Globalization: Seminar 3
HPLC 2811 Honors Sacred Texts 3
Three major or elective courses 9 to 12
 Credits15-18
Year 3
Fall
Individualized plan of study 16 to 20
 Credits16-20
Spring
Individualized plan of study 16 to 20
 Credits16-20
Year 4
Fall
HPLC 4500 Thesis Workshop 3
Major, minor, elective courses 12 to 16
 Credits15-19
Spring
HPLC 4050 Honors: Senior Values Seminar 4
HPLC 0045 Honors Thesis Completion 0
Major, minor, elective courses 12 to 16
 Credits16-20
 Total Credits122-144

HPLC 0045. Honors Thesis Completion. (0 Credits)

This is a 0-credit administrative course in which all Fordham College at Lincoln Center Honors students enroll in the spring of their senior year, when completing their Honors Thesis requirement. A passing grade indicates successful completion of the Honors Thesis.

HPLC 1001. Honors Philosophy. (3 Credits)

Borrowing the Thomistic idea of philosophy as a perennial discourse, the honors philosophy course encourages seminar participants to cultivate their own intellectual grounds through the study of classic and contemporary philosophical works. Topics may include the nature of philosophical discourse, of consciousness, of knowledge, of existence, and of human nature.

HPLC 1011. Honors: Speech and Rhetoric I. (1 Credit)

1 credit lab session in effective speaking techniques to be combined with the honors core.

HPLC 1201. Honors: English. (3 Credits)

Beginning with the premise that works of literature and criticism constitute an ongoing dialogue that shapes and is shaped by historical, cultural, and aesthetic movements, seminar participants will be encouraged to develop their own voices in that literary dialogue.

Attribute: TC.

HPLC 1401. Honors: Theology. (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the issues and methodologies of theology, providing a foundation for the exploration of religious traditions from various perspectives while focusing on the common and varying approaches of those traditions. Ethical, social, and political impacts of religion, along with major historical figures and periods in the history of religion, will be incorporated.

Attribute: REST.

HPLC 1603. Honors: Natural Science I. (4 Credits)

First semester or a two-semester laboratory science course open to Fordham's strongest students who have not declared a science major. This interdisciplinary course emphasizes problem solving and analysis of classic experiments to explore the interrelationships of chemistry, biology, and physics in advancing our understanding of the principles that govern the natural world. The first semester focuses on two major themes: the interaction of matter and energy and the processing of information and logic by biological systems. The second semester applies the concepts from the first semester to analyze the origin and functioning of complex systems ranging from the early cosmos the human brain.\ Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: ENST, ENVS, ESNS, ESPS, NEUR.

HPLC 1604. Honors: Natural Science II. (4 Credits)

Second semester of a two-semester laboratory science course open to Fordham's strongest students who have not declared a science major. This interdisciplinary course emphasizes problem solving and analysis of classic experiments to explore the interrelationships of chemistry, biology, and physicsin advancing our understanding of the principles that govern the natural world. The first semester focuses on two major themes: the interaction of matter and energy and the processing of information and logic by biological systems. The second semester applies the concepts from the first semester to analyze the origin and functioning of complex systems ranging from the early cosmos to the human brain. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: ENST, ENVS, ESLS, ESNS, NEUR.

HPLC 1801. Honors: History. (3 Credits)

Study of the Western cultural tradition from the Enlightenment to the Postmodern era by focusing on the quest for modernity. Course work will focus on the philosophical debates, the search for utopia, the role of the avant-garde, and the cultural tensions that make up the Western experience.

HPLC 1811. Honors: Writing Intensive. (2 Credits)

This is a two-credit workshop on writing and research skills, offered in the first semester of the Honors Program.

HPLC 1999. Tutorial. (1 Credit)

HPLC 2501. Honors: Art History at the Museums. (3 Credits)

This course is designed as an introduction to the major periods of Western art and to the key issues of art history. Using the collections at the Met and other museums throughout the city as primary sources, we will study the role of museums, analyze the form and function of a variety of objects, and consider the roles of patron, artist, and audience. Students will have the opportunity to study major monuments of Western art in situ and to gain an understanding of artists and the periods in which they worked. In addition, this course aims to develop visual literacy skills, helping students analyze and interpret visual information. Some classes will be held at Fordham, but most classes will be held in museums.

Mutually Exclusive: ARHI 1101.

HPLC 2610. Globalization: Seminar. (3 Credits)

This course will introduce you to a comprehensive set of frameworks for the understanding and analysis of globalization understood as a process of global system formation. It provides you with the ability to survey and understand the wide variety of information regarding the historical development of globalization and prepares the student to assess the possibilities for the global future and its impact on our lives.

Attributes: INST, ISIN.

HPLC 2800. Internship. (2 Credits)

Internship.

HPLC 2803. Honors: Trends in NYC. (3 Credits)

Analysis of topics illustrating the development over time of New York City's populace, governance, economy and ocial and cultural organization.

HPLC 2811. Honors Sacred Texts. (3 Credits)

Through a selection of primary texts from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the Talmud, the Qur'an, and early Muslim writings, students will reflect on the social, historical, and theological contexts in which each writing emerged. Primary emphasis will be placed on the similar yet different ways humans construct themselves and their worlds in relation to the sacred.

Attributes: JWST, MEST, REST, STXT, THEO.

HPLC 2999. Tutorial. (2 Credits)

Supervised individual project designed by the student in concert with one or more members of the faculty. Each course must be approved by the Honors Committee.

HPLC 3800. Internship. (3 Credits)

Internship.

HPLC 3999. Tutorial. (3 Credits)

HPLC 4050. Honors: Senior Values Seminar. (4 Credits)

Using a combination of literary, theological, and philosophical texts, this class will explore an ethical issue or issues that are relevant to our contemporary global society. Recent examples include human rights for people with disabilities and the intersection of environmental and social justice. The class will focus on the history and basis for human rights, and in particular the question of whether we can justify the claim that there are universal basic rights: (1) Are universal rights consistent with a wide array of varying cultures and ways of life? (2) Are concepts of rights somehow inherently “western” or ‘individualist,’ or can relativist doubts about human rights be answered? Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attribute: ENGL.

HPLC 4500. Thesis Workshop. (3 Credits)

This course is for seniors in the FCLC Honors program. Participants will workshop thesis drafts and work on presentation skills for both the research showcase and the Honors Program presentation.

HPLC 4800. Internship. (4 Credits)

Combines work with an artist, writer, scientist, or other expert with directed series of academic readings relevant to that experience. (Each course must be approved by the Honors Committee.) Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

HPLC 4888. Honors: Internship. (3 Credits)

Combines work with an artist, writer, scientist, or other expert with directed series of academic readings relevant to that experience. [Each course must be approved by the Honors Committee.] .

HPLC 4999. Honors Tutorial. (4 Credits)

Supervised individual project designed by the student in concert with one or more members of the faculty. [Each course must be approved by the Honors Committee.] .