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Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Scholars Program

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Open to high-achieving full- and part-time HCC students of all ages and majors, the Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Scholars Program provides flexible opportunities to fulfill general education requirements and prepare for more advanced study and transfer as part of a supportive, intellectual community.

As a Schoenbrodt Scholar, you’ll learn from outstanding faculty and peers in stimulating honors courses and seminars, engage in a wide variety of research and scholarship across the disciplines, and participate in specially selected cultural and intellectual enrichment events each semester. The distinctive status of being a Schoenbrodt Scholar at HCC also increases the opportunities for scholarships and recognition.

Learn how to apply to the Schoenbrodt Scholars Program

  • Eligibility

    For high school seniors and recents graduates, HCC reviews applicants from a holistic perspective. In general we expect successful high school candidates to:

    • Take a challenging high school academic course load, including honors, GT, Advanced Placement, and/or International Baccalaureate coursework
    • Be a top student with an unweighted GPA of 3.2 or better
    • Earn a combined SAT of 1100 or better, or an ACT composite score of 25 or better
    • Be placed in college level coursework by the start of the fall semester

    Intellectual interests, extracurricular activities, including those outside of school are also considered.  Each applicant's essay, recommendations, and other indications of excellence are important factors in the selection process.

    For current HCC students, we are looking for candidates who have earned fewer than 19 college-level credits with a GPA of 3.2 or higher and who plan to attend HCC for at least 2 more semesters.

    Note: Students who wish to take honors classes without being in an honors program should see an honors advisor in RCF 242.

  • Curriculum

    Honors Classes

    Various honors classes are offered each semester to fit a variety of interests and schedules. Some previous offerings have included:

    ENGL-121H  College Composition–HONORS (3 credits)

    FINE-200 20th Century Arts, Cultures, and Ideas – HONORS (3 credits)

    HMDV-150 ROUSE SCHOLARS SEMINAR I (1 credit) only available to Rouse Scholars

    HMDV-250 ROUSE SCHOLARS SEMINAR III (1 credit) only available to Rouse Scholars

    HMDV-160 STEM SCHOLARS SEMINAR I (1 credit) open only to STEM Scholars

    HMDV-260 STEM SCHOLARS SEMINAR III (1 credit) open only to STEM Scholars

    HIST-111 American History to 1877-HONORS (3 credits)

    HIST-121 The Ancient World: Prehistory to the Middle Ages-HONORS (3 credits)

    HIST-122 Western Civilization and the Pre-Modern World-HONORS (3 credits)

    MATH-181 Calculus I-HONORS (4 credits)

    PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy -HONORS (3 credits)

    PSYC-101 General Psychology-HONORS (3 credits)

    SOCI-101 Introduction to Sociology-HONORS (3 credits)
     

    Honors Seminars
    Honors seminars are designed for high-achieving students who are enrolled in a regular (non-honors) section of a course, but wish to earn honors credit by attending a seminar to enrich their academic experience. Students do not have to formally register for honors seminars in HCC Express (with the exception of HMDV seminars), but they do need to notify the seminar leader if they wish to attend. Successful completion of the regular course with a grade of A or B and successful participation in the honors seminar will result in an honors esignation for the original course on the transcript. Students eligible for honors seminars include those enrolled in the Rouse, Schoenbrodt or STEM honors programs OR students who have a GPA of 3.2 or better. Students new to Howard Community College should contact the seminar instructor for permission to join. A detailed list of seminar instructors are posted at the beginning of the semester on the web.

    Creative Process
    The Creative Process Honors seminar is intended for students who want to spend more time discussing the issues of aesthetics and how what makes something a work of art varies among disciplines. Students will be using the reviews or critiques that they are writing for the arts class* they are enrolled in as a springboard for discussing how to effectively understand, communicate,  and review the intentions and efforts of the artists in any of the following on-campus arts events: a play; a gallery show; a musical performance; a film. Each seminar will be conducted by an artist or critic and tied to an event occurring on campus that semester. Discussions and short readings will center on creative and intellectual issues in the arts.                                                                   
    *ARTT-104, ARTT-105, ARTT-122, ARTT-143, DANC-103, ENGL-115, ENGL-215, FINE-102, FINE / WMST-193, THET/ENGL-250, THET/ENGL-209, THET-260 and 261. THET-190, THET-191, FINE-103, MUSC-202, MUSC-203, FILM-171, FILM-172, and 200 level FILM classes.

    Exploring Humanitarian Law Honors Seminar
    This seminar is adapted from curriculum produced by the International Committee of the Red Cross and is designed for students interested in learning more about humanitarian principles, particularly in times of armed conflict. Topics include the rules of war, the role of bystanders, child soldiers, international justice, refugee camps, and reuniting families. This seminar is open to students taking the following courses: CRES (any course), CRIM-101, CRIM-102, CRIM-201, HEED-155, HEED-220, HIST-112, HIST-123, HIST-201, HIST-202, HIST-221, PHIL-103, POLI-201, POLI-202, SOCI-101, SOCI-102, SOCI-115, and SOCI-225.

    The Literature Honors Seminar
    The Literature Honors Seminar is open to students currently enrolled in any Literature Core course and intended for those who want to enhance their literary appreciation, critical understanding, and analytical skills. Each session will use discussion, short readings, and informal writing exercises to focus on a different skill or aspect of the literary experience, including close reading, the creative writing process, performance, critical perspectives, and historical context. This seminar is open to students currently enrolled in any Literature Core course.

    BIOL-101H Introduction to Biology Seminar–HONORS
    Students will present and discuss current science journal articles that relate to Biology 101 content. Topics will include biotechnology, genetics, cell biology, and medical research.

    BIOL-203H Anatomy and Physiology Seminar–HONORS
    Challenging clinical case studies related to the BIOL 203 lecture and laboratory will be presented and discussed by students. Students select their own case study for their presentation.

    BIOL-204H Anatomy and Physiology Seminar–HONORS
    Challenging clinical case studies related to the BIOL 204 lecture and laboratory will be presented and discussed

    BMGT-205H International Business Issues Honors Seminar
    This online seminar provides a more in-depth exploration of current issues in business across all disciplines. Th e course will frame backbone disciplines–economics, fi nance, human resource management and marketing–around the issues of globalization and social responsibility.

    CHEM-101H General Inorganic Chemistry Seminar–HONORS
    The Chemistry honors seminar will focus on advances in chemistry and technology, environmental issues, and how these have impact on our day-to-day lives.

    MATH-138H Statistics Seminar–HONORS
    This seminar will center on problem solving and contemporary applications of statistics. Students will be expected to read articles and participate in learning experiences with statistical computer languages.

    MATH-141H College Algebra Seminar–HONORS
    The seminar will center on problem solving and contemporary applications of mathematics in many diff erent fi elds, fully accessible to students at the college algebra level. Students will be expected to read articles and engage in problem solving based on the reading. Talks will be presented both by the seminar instructor and by groups of participants.

    MATH-143H Precalculus I Seminar–HONORS
    This seminar will center on problem solving and contemporary applications of mathematics in many diff erent fi elds and will be fully accessible to students at the precalculus level. Students will be expected to read articles and engage in problem-solving based on the reading. Talks will be presented by both the seminar instructor and by groups of participants.

    MATH-153H Precalculus II Seminar –HONORS
    The seminar will center on problem solving and contemporary applications of mathematics in many diff erent fi elds and will be fully accessible to students at the college trigonometry level. Students will be expected to read articles and engage in problem solving based on the reading. Talks will be presented both by the seminar instructor and by groups of participants.

    MATH-155H Precalculus I& II Seminar – HONORS
    This seminar will center on problem solving and contemporary applications of mathematics in many diff erent fi elds and will be fully accessible to students at the precalculus level. Students will be expected to read articles and engage in problem-solving based on the reading. Talks will be presented by both the seminar instructor and by groups of participants.

    MATH-181H Calculus I Seminar–HONORS
    The seminar will center on problem solving and contemporary applications of mathematics in many diff erent fi elds, fully accessible to students at the college trigonometry level. Students will be expected to read articles and engage in problem solving based on the reading. Talks will be presented both by the seminar instructor and by groups of participants.

    MATH-182H Calculus II Seminar—HONORS
    The seminar will center on problem solving and contemporary applications of the topics covered in Calculus II many diff erent fi elds. Th is seminar is fully accessible for students at the Calculus II level. Students will be expected to read articles and engage in problem solving based on their reading. Talks will be presented both by the instructor and by participants, either individually or in groups.

    MATH-240H Calculus III Seminar–HONORS
    This seminar will center on problem solving and contemporary applications of the topics covered in Calculus III many diff erent fi elds. Th is seminar is fully accessible for students at the Calculus III level. Students will be expected to read articles and engage in problem solving based on their reading. Talks will be presented both by the instructor and by participants, either individually or in groups.

    PHYS-103H Fundamentals of Physics Seminar–HONORS
    Students in this honors seminar will study and present one seminar on contemporary topics of interest with physics applications including some lab activities.

    Honors Contracts
    Honors contracts are an option available to students who are enrolled in the Rouse, Schoenbrodt or STEM honors programs. Contracts are meant to be a partnership between the instructor and the student, providing opportunities for more rigorous research and deeper study of a topic of interest within a given discipline. Th e instructor and student must meet regularly to discuss questions, possibilities, and challenges that this study presents, and the student and instructor must agree upon a signifi cant project (i.e. a research project that includes a presentation to the rest of the class) to culminate the study. Students interested in completing an honors contract this semester should contact their respective honors program director before the 3rd week of classes for assistance. Contracts must be submitted to and approved by the respective honors director no later than the 4th week of the semester.

  • Transfer

    Dickinson College and HCC have a collaborative relationship to facilitate the transfer of full-time students from the Schoenbrodt Scholars Program into a full-time baccalaureate program at Dickinson.  Students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and graduate from HCC with a transfer associate degree.

    The following institutions have demonstrated a commitment to providing enhanced transfer experiences for Schoenbrodt Honors students.

  • Resources

    For more information, please contact:

    Stacy Korbelak, Director
    443-518-4299

    skorbelak@howardcc.edu

    Rick Leith, Assistant Director
    443-518-4833
    rleith@howardcc.edu 


    OR

    Office of Admissions and Advising
    443-518-4856
    adm-adv@howardcc.edu


 

 

 

 

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