Mazzuchelli Scholars and Distinction Programs

Bachelor of Arts with Honors or Bachelor of Science with Honors

The Mazzuchelli Scholars honors program contributes to the mission of the university by providing talented and self-motivated students with the opportunities and skills they will need to become lifelong learners.

The Honors Program curriculum intentionally focuses the energies of students not only on introductory work in various fields, but also on the skills expected of advanced students in their majors. It provides honors students with multiple intensive engagements with writing, reading, and discussion skill building classes, as well as with multiple encounters focused on the skills and methods needed to engage in the creation of new knowledge. The curriculum also builds time into a student's career for a practicum that includes either an internship, research opportunity, signature work, or study abroad. In addition to these experiences, a student is required to build a portfolio with at least one piece of graded work from each of the seven Honors designated classes and also from the practicum.

Students who accept this challenge are awarded with the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors or Bachelor of Science with Honors on the recommendation of the Honors Directors and upon completion of five hours of community engagement per year and the requirements described below.

Entering the Program

The honors degree program is open to full-time students who have been invited into the program. The Honors Committee sets the standards for admission, reviews the progress of the students in the program, and recommends the awarding of the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors or Bachelor of Science with Honors. Interested students should consult the directors of the honors program for current-year policies and guidelines.

How to Apply
Application for Entry

We welcome qualified students to apply for sophomore entry into the Honors Program. Exemption from the freshman honors seminar for students admitted to the Honors Program in their sophomore year or acceptance of honors course work at another institution in place of the freshman honors seminars is possible with the written approval of the honors director.

Application for Sophomore Entry

Application for Admitted Transfer Entry

All students intending to pursue the an honors degree must complete the following requirements:

  • Foundations
  • Honors Seminars (7)
  • Multi-cultural
  • Theology
  • Practicum: Research or Internship or Study Abroad
  • Portfolio
  • Major/Minor Requirements

Faculty may petition to have any 300 level course count as an Honors Seminar. There are two categories of Honors Seminars:

(i) The Big Questions Seminars (4 required)

These courses focus intensely on those methodologies and skill building (noting that the categories are not mutually exclusive) that honors students would need to reach mastery level in reading, discussing, and writing about complex texts. (This may be a 300 level course or a traditional seminar course.)

(ii) Explorations and Investigations Seminars (3 required)

These courses place students on the ladder to mastery level when addressing methodologies for research and acquiring new forms of knowledge. (This may also be a traditional 300 level course.)

For more information students should consult the current list of honors seminars.

Exemption from two honors seminars (One HNBQ and one HNEI) for students admitted to the honors program after freshmen year is possible with the written approval of the honors directors. Honors students who follow a full-year study abroad or other academic off-campus program may petition the directors to have abroad coursework approved as honors level work.

Maintain a Designated GPA

A cumulative grade-point average of 3.30

Students who complete the coursework in Honors will receive a degree of Bachelor of Arts or Science with University Honors and Distinction

Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and Bachelor of Science with Distinction

Students not in the honors program may elect to pursue a degree of Bachelor of Arts with Distinction or Bachelor of Science with Distinction by completing a distinction project. This project is designed to give such students in their junior and senior years the opportunity to complete a distinctive and substantial scholarly or creative work in their major field.

Students who accept this challenge are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Distinction or Bachelor of Science with Distinction on the recommendation of the Honors Directors and upon completion of the distinction project.

All students intending to pursue an honors project or a distinction project will need to complete the following requirements:

Declaring Intent and Finding Readers

Generally, students attempting degrees with distinction begin working on their distinction projects in the first semester of their junior year. The faculty reader in the discipline approves the project, and then the student’s first and second readers recommend the project to the Honors Directors. A project in an interdisciplinary major or one which is interdisciplinary in emphasis is submitted with prior approval from faculty from the most relevant disciplines. A student majoring in a discipline in which Dominican has only one full-time faculty member should seek approval of both project and proposal from a second faculty member who is a member of the major department or from a related discipline in another department, whichever is more appropriate for the project.

Grade-point Average

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible: junior status, a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher in the field of the distinction project, an overall grade-point average of 3.30 or higher.

Public Presentation and Archiving the Project

After the final draft is approved, the student will be required to give a public presentation on his or her project at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigation Exposition (URSCI). Depositing the final version of the project in Constellation, the digital repository of scholarship, is the final step in completing the Degree with Distinction. A student must deposit the project by the last week of classes in the spring semester.

Additional Information

Deadlines and guides for writing a distinction proposal and project guides for both students and faculty mentors are available from the honors directors or the Departmental Honors Project site.

Students who decide not to complete their projects must send a statement of their reasons to the Honors Directors via the directors. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be required by the Honors Directors to withdraw their projects.

Additional information regarding both the honors and distinction programs is available from the honors Canvas site, the honors directors, or from the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Advising Office.

Honors degrees are awarded on the basis of the cumulative grade point average of all baccalaureate course work taken at Dominican.

To graduate with an Honors degree or Degree with Distinction, students are responsible for submitting their “Intent to Graduate” forms to the directors of the Mazzuchelli Scholars Program before graduation.  If a student elects to complete an Honors contract for a non-honors course, he or she must agree to the terms of the intensification with the professor and an honors director ideally before the course is undertaken. The contract must be submitted for approval to the professor of the course and an honors director before the university deadline for Intensifications in the semester the course is being undertaken. The "Intent to Graduate" and Honors Contract forms are located in the Honors Canvas site and available from the Honors directors.