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 servant 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.


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 “scholar” distinction on their diploma, and a scholar letter of recognition.


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.

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