Honors Program

  • You're Smart, We're Honored

    Internships and Study AbroadThe Dean College Honors Program is quite distinctive. While most college honors programs only allow students who meet certain designated criteria to participate in honors classes or activities, Dean's honors classes and activities are open to any student interested in stepping up to the increased rigor and academic expectations of these honors opportunities.

    Honors Courses and Activities

    Through the honors courses, students will explore subject matter more deeply, and will develop their critical thinking and writing skills on a more accelerated level, thereby enhancing their intellectual capacity. The program offers 3 distinct course types:

    • Stand-alone courses, such as English Composition and Communication Fundamentals
    • Honors group seminars linked to non-honors courses, such as American Government and Anatomy for Dancers
    • Interdisciplinary honors, such as Climate Change and Ideas that Shaped the World

    The cultural and co-curricular component of the Honors Program enriches the educational experience of the honors scholars by exposing them to a wide variety of cultural and co-curricular offerings, contributing to their well-rounded liberal arts education.

    In past years, cultural and co-curricular offerings have included:

    • Honors receptions with campus speakers, including All Souls author Michael Patrick MacDonald and Breach of Faith author Jed Horne
    • Trips to museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston 
    • On and off-campus theatre productions
    • Volunteerism, such as participating in the New Orleans rebuild, building an orphanage in Haiti following the earthquake, and participating in awareness events like the Autism Walk

    Earning Honors Scholar Status

    Students will be recognized as Honors Scholars at the end of a given semester and/or upon graduation as follows:
    To earn Honors Scholar status for a semester

    1. ENROLL! Take an Honors course.
    2. PARTICIPATE! Be a member of a club, organization, cast or crew, be a peer tutor or volunteer, etc.
    3. ATTEND! Go to at least three performances, museums, special lectures/presentations, etc.
    4. EXCEL! Make Dean's List.

    To earn Honors Scholar status at graduation

    • For AA/AS students: Earn Honor Scholar status in three out of four semesters
    • For BA/BS students: Earn Honors Scholar status in six out of eight semesters

    All Honors Scholar graduates must also earn the designated Grade Point Average to graduate with “Honors” (minimum 3.2 GPA).

    For more information:
    Dr. Rob Lawson, Director of the Honors Program
    Associate Professor of History
    Phone: 508.541.1752

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  • Study Abroad Trips

    In the past, Dean College students have traveled to the following locations as part of a Dean College course:

    • 2013: Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, France
    • 2014: Spain, Morocco, London, Paris, Zurich
    • 2015: Italy and Greece
    • 2016: Germany and Central Europe
    • 2017: France and Spain; London
  • US News Ranking

    US News consistently ranks Dean among the top Best Regional Colleges North