Honors at Atlantic Cape

The Honors Program is designed for students who excel academically and who want to work more intensely in a small class environment with full-time faculty who are accomplished experts in their field. Honors courses do not require more work; the purpose of an Honors course is to offer high achieving students the opportunity to participate in engaging and creative learning environments that extend beyond those of the regular classroom. The Honors curriculum will consist of special sections of general education courses. No additional cost is associated with Honors courses. The Honors Program is a part of the Student Success initiative. Honors prepares students to transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities. The benefits of the Honors Program are:

  • Small class size
  • Full-time faculty who are experts in their field
  • Recognition by transfer to four-year institutions
  • Advising by full-time faculty
  • Opportunity to enroll in Atlantic Cape's national honor societies, including Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta
  • Resume builders for scholarships, transfer and career
  • Honors designation on transcript

For More Information Contact:  
Professor Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, Honors Coordinator

Are Honors courses right for me?

In an Atlantic Cape Honors Course, you can expect

  • A specialized approach to the course content, which could be a course theme, an emphasis on primary texts, more creative assignments, etc.;
  • A challenging but reasonable workload since Atlantic Cape honors courses use the same goals, objectives, and evaluation criteria as all non-honors sections of the course;
  • A classroom community of engaged and motivated students;
  • A small class size that promotes opportunity for participation and individual feedback;
  • An accessible professor who is both an expert in the course material and knowledgeable about Atlantic Cape;
  • And a mentoring relationship with this professor, who will be a guide and resource to you during and after the semester.

Atlantic Cape Honors Students are expected to

  • Be invested and engaged in the classroom community, having a natural curiosity and love of learning;
  • Be an active participant in the classroom and course, including discussion and group work;
  • Make the time commitment needed to master the course goals and objectives and craft excellent work;
  • And be self-directed, proactive learners with strong time management skills.

What are the requirements to enroll in an honors course?

If you’d like to enroll in an honors course during your first semester at Atlantic Cape, you’ll need to place into ENGL101 Composition I and meet any prerequisites for the specific honors course.  To enroll, please email Honors Advisor Jessica Brown or Honors Coordinator Stephanie Natale-Boianelli.

If you are a current/returning student, you need a faculty recommendation to enroll in honors courses.  This can come from a past or current faculty member, and the faculty member should send the recommendation to Honors Coordinator Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, who will reach out to you about enrolling in courses.  If there are circumstances that make it difficult for you to acquire the required faculty recommendation, please reach out to the Honors Coordinator for assistance.

Important links and contacts for honors students

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Website: https://www.ptk.org/
Atlantic Cape Chapter Advisor: Stephanie Natale-Boianelli

Sigma Kappa Delta National English Honors Society for Two-Year College Students

Website: https://www.english2.org/
Atlantic Cape Chapter Advisor: Vickie Melograno.

National Collegiate Honors Council

Website: https://www.nchchonors.org/

Mission Statement

Honors at Atlantic Cape provides an enriched academic experience to a select group of highly motivated students. Through a curriculum of Honors General Education courses that emphasize global awareness, cultural experiences, and local engagement, Atlantic Cape Honors students are challenged to connect their studies to the world beyond the campus. By fostering collaborative learning and intellectual inquiry, Honors at Atlantic Cape prepares students for transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities, as well as for citizenship in our 21st century world.

Honors Program News and Events

Environmental Science Faculty Member Visits Honors Composition I

Professor Perello presenting to honors students. On October 19th, science faculty member Richard Perello visited Rich Russell’s Honors Composition I course for a cross-disciplinary event.  This fall, Honors Composition I is exploring the theme of solitude, what it is and what it teaches us, and Richard Perello visited with the class to provide a naturalist perspective on The Pine Barrens.  Rich Russell said of the event, “Richard was so generous with his time and in sharing his knowledge and perspective on the ecology and natural history of the Pine Barrens. The images and expertise he brought to this work, along with his own personal interest in and commitment to our environmental community, beautifully complemented our discussions of John McPhee's book The Pine Barrens and prepared us to "live deliberately" with Thoreau in coming class meetings. We will all be looking for flying squirrels in the parking lot the next time we are leaving campus after dark.”

Honors Course Design

Often when high school honors students first consider a college or university Honors education, they may feel some reluctance to take on what they believe will be extra work or little more than an accelerated version of an already-fast-paced college education.

But college Honors is not designed to be about more work or harder work. It is truly student-centered education. It is meant to provide students with an education that helps them develop their own ideas rather than simply having them feed back information. It is about discussing issues and encouraging innovation in an atmosphere of open exchange, where students' views are respected. Honors programs emphasize diverse perspectives, interdisciplinary course work, small classes, and greater interaction between students and professors. Honors education is about learning to think clearly, to write well, to argue thoughtfully. It is about developing the student's fullest intellectual potential.

Finally, students should bear in mind that the majority of their courses in college will not be Honors courses. They will be courses in their major or free electives.

Honors Course Simplified

To keep this simple the definition to faculty is the one described by the Honors Coordinator at Mercer. Honors is a traditional course plus an "H-Factor."

Usually that means that Honors students read more primary texts and are evaluated by writing and projects rather than scantron tests. The class is also not conducted by lecture.