Highly Focused Study, Research, and Application
Departmental Honors allow select students to pursue advanced, focused research and scholarship in a student’s primary area of study. Gordon offers Departmental Honors in 20 of its 38 majors, and students can also combine Departmental Honors pursuit with a Kenneth L. Pike Honors Program major or minor when it compliments their interdisciplinary studies, or when their academic major may not offer a Departmental Honors option.
Each department offers details, guidelines and qualification for Departmental Honors, which are usually planned into a student’s four-year academic plan, and students usually begin pursuing focused Honors projects starting in their Junior year. Students should discuss their academic goals with their primary academic advisor, or with an Honors program advisor to plan and develop their Honors goals early on in their academic plans.
A typical departmental honors project includes selected courses to prepare for and execute a significant disciplinary-specific research and writing project that culminates in a scholarly presentation to faculty and campus peers in the Senior year. Where some projects are research-based and theoretical (Mathematics and Physics, for example), others may include field experience and field research that results in program development or advising to campus and community partners or contribution to the scholarly community in a discipline.
Undergraduate Scholarship: Present & Publish!
Some students apply for supplemental funding from the Gordon College Student Association (GCSA) through the Undergraduate Research Council (URC), in order to travel and present their research and papers at professional or scholarly conferences. GCSA believes its role extends to the academic development of each student and has funded this program since 2010. GCSA also sponsors Gordon's unique, student-run Princemere Journal of Undergraduate Research, where students can publish their scholarly papers and research.
Departments and programs with Departmental Honors: