Honors Curriculum

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CSM’s Honors Curriculum is an enriched learning environment for high-achieving, college-bound students, where they can continue to develop their abilities as they broaden their horizons.

With an emphasis on diversity, critical thought, global perspectives, and leadership, the Honors Curriculum empowers students to become citizen-scholars. This generation of leaders will possess both the academic knowledge and the intellectual formation to ask insightful questions, make connections, and apply abstract ideas to solving real-world problems.

curriculum BENEFITS AND ENVIRONMENT 

Honors Curriculum participants will progress through the program in cohorts, consisting of 20 first-year students.

In addition to enhanced foundational honors courses in English, science, and philosophy, the Honors Curriculum integrates a three-part series of one-credit Honors Seminars. These seminars provide enriched instruction in leadership, project management, service, transfer readiness, and professional skills, as well as a capstone honors project.

Because enhanced honors courses replace other required courses, joining the Honors Curriculum won’t add additional credit requirements for participants to earn their degree. Just as importantly, it won’t raise the cost of their education, either—a scholarship from the CSM Foundation covers tuition, fees, books, and other course expenses for the three-credit Honors Seminar series.

Upon graduating, students who complete the Honors Curriculum will receive an honors graduation cord, a special mention in the graduate brochure, a “honors” distinction on their diploma, and an honors letter of recognition.

ELIGIBILITY and APPLICATION 

To be eligible for the Honors Curriculum, you must:

  1. graduate in the top 15 percent of your high school class;
  2. earn an SAT score of 1100 or higher for critical reading and mathematics or an ACT score of 22 or higher; or
  3. earn minimum scores of Accuplacer Read-254, Write-263, Math QAS-281, or Aleks Math-46-55

To be considered, submit your Honors Curriculum application by June 10. You will need to apply to CSM if you haven’t done so already, although you don’t have to submit your CSM application before the Honors Curriculum application.

You’ll need to submit additional documentation by June 10 to complete your application and demonstrate eligibility and academic proficiency for the Honors Curriculum:

  • Submit ONE of the following: an essay on the topic of what you hope to gain or achieve by joining the CSM Honors Curriculum; OR a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor attesting to your academic proficiency.
  • Submit ONE of the following: your ACT/SAT score report; your CSM placement test score; OR a document from your high school showing your class rank.

For more information, please contact Dr. Richard Bilsker, Honors Curriculum director, at rlbilsker@csmd.edu.

Transfer Opportunities

Stevenson University welcomes transfer students to join its Honors Program, which provides academically talented students the opportunity to develop a strong network of mutually outstanding and motivated peers and work closely with talented and engaged faculty. Click here to learn more about the Honors Program. 

Direct Admit

Any transfer student who has completed an honors program at another college/university and has a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher will be granted guaranteed admission into the Stevenson University Honors Program. If you meet these criteria, please click here to indicate your interest in joining the Stevenson University Honors Program.

How to Apply

Transfer students who have not completed an honors program but fall into one of the following categories are strongly encouraged to apply to the Stevenson University Honors Program:

· Students with a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher who are currently enrolled in an honors program at another institution

· Students not currently enrolled in an honors program but who have completed fewer than 30 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5

Please click here for the online application form.

Click here to view the Transfer Honors FAQ page. 

  • For the Honors Articulation AgreementCSM students must:
    • Applied to UMBC by the published priority deadline
    • Admitted to UMBC as a degree seeking student
    • Applied to the Honors College by the published deadline
    • The CSM Honors Curriculum Director will provide confirmation that students have met all requirements of CSM’s Honors Curriculum prior to matriculation to UMBC. In the case of CSM, this means that students complete the requirements for the Honors Curriculum LOR
    • Has earned at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA at the time of application to the Honors College at UMBC (Students may be eligible for admission to the Honors College with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater, but only guaranteed admission to the Honors College with a 3.7 cumulative GPA or higher
  • As part of the Honors Articulation Agreement, CSM students receive:
    • Guaranteed admission to the Honors College if students meet the requirements stated above.

View our Honors Articulation Agreement

  • For the Honors-to-Honors Articulation AgreementCSM students must:
    • Complete the Honors Curriculum Letter of Recognition.
    • Apply to UMES by the published priority deadline
    • Admitted to UMES as a degree seekign student
    • Applied to the Richard A. Henson Honors Program by the published deadline.
    • Earn at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the time of the application to UMES and the Richard A. Henson Honors Program.
  • As part of the Honors-to-Honors Articulation Agreement, CSM students receive:
    • UMES will offer guaranteed admission to UMES and the Richard A. Henson Honors Program if students meet the criteria above.
    • UMES will offer a financial award to UMES and the Richard A. Henson Honors Program if students meet the criteria above, as determined by student's admission's rubric scores.

View our Honors-to -Honors Articulation Agreement

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