By providing broad intellectual training in the liberal arts and sciences as well as specialized study in an area of concentration, the College prepares its students
for graduate and professional schools such as law, medicine, and education, as well as for careers in business, science, education, and government. In addition,
the Honors College has three exciting pathway programs for students pursuing careers in business, nursing, or teaching.
Admission to medical school requires a strong academic record, a competitive MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) score, and the completion of certain prerequisite courses.
The Honors College offers all of these courses, as well as assistance with MCAT preparation and with the application process.
Honors College graduates have gone on to medical schools including the University of Florida, Florida State University, Howard, University of Miami, University of South Carolina, University of South Florida,
and Vanderbilt University.
Qualified High School Seniors may apply to be a Wilkes Medical Scholar
and complete their B.A. and M.D. in as few as 7 years.
Students considering careers in law will also receive excellent preparation in the Honors College. Admission to law school requires strong analytical and writing skills,
an outstanding academic record, and a competetive LSAT (Law School Admission Test) score. The Honors College's emphasis on writing and critical thinking will provide students
with the skills law school admissions committees seek. In addition, advisors will provide information about law schools and assist with the application process.
Honors college graduates have gone on to law schools including American University, Boston College, Case Western Reserve, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, University of Florida, University of Georgia, FSU,
Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of Miami, Pepperdine, Stetson University and Vermont Law School.
A list of other graduate programs attended by Honors College graduates is available here.
MBA Pathway Program
The Wilkes Honors College has an arrangement with the College of Business of FAU whereby students who have met all Wilkes Honors College graduation requirements,
maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework, and achieved a score of 500 or above on the GMAT are guaranteed admission into FAU's MBA program.
This guarantee of admission is given only to students who have been full-time Wilkes Honors College students for a minimum of six semesters and who have completed
the Core and Concentration in the Wilkes Honors College.
Another business option for Honors College students
is a business concentration
or a business minor.
For more information contact Dr. Mark Tunick, Associate Dean (email@example.com, 561-799-8670).
Education (M.Ed.) Pathway Program
Students interested in teaching careers can take advantage of the Honors College's Education Pathway: Receive a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration
in a specific field (Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Science or Spanish) and then complete a master's degree through the
College of Education's M.Ed. Program in Curriculum and Instruction
Plus Secondary Education Certification.
While at the Honors College students will receive a concentration in what will be their area of teaching specialization, coordinating with the College of Education
to complete specific education courses and a teaching internship as part of their undergraduate coursework: For more see the College of Education's
detailed information on the area of specialization.
Students then complete graduate level coursework to receive the M.Ed. Plus Secondary Education Certificate: see the
information sheet for details.
Students also have a second option if they are interested in pursuing teaching with a Bachelorís degree, through the College of Education's
Alternative Teacher Certification.
Benefits of the Education Pathway
The Education Pathway provides students a Master's degree as well as certification to teach. Successful students will begin their teaching career with a
significant competitive edge, possessing both an honors B.A. degree in an area of concentration, and a Master's degree. To accelerate their completion of the
Master's degree, Honors College students may take some of the 2000-level M.Ed. Core courses during the Summer at the Boca campus, and the 3000 and 4000 level
M.Ed. Core courses on the Jupiter campus while they are completing their Honors College degree.
Practical Teaching Experience
Qualified Honors College students may take advantage of the
College of Education's FIAT programs:
- Good FIT program: provides students the opportunity to be a paid instructional intern in a classroom one day a week with a model teacher.
- SMART program: students serve as substitute teachers one or two days a week under the direction of a mentor.
- AIT (Accelerated Induction into Teaching) Program: students in the Master's program can be the instructor of record for the 5 month semester
(and receive a $5000 stipend), working under the guidance of a master mentor, onsite peer teacher, and FAU supervisor.
Honors College students are guaranteed admission into FAU's M.Ed. program if they meet all Wilkes Honors College graduation requirements, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
in the last 60 hours of coursework, and achieve a score of 800 or above on the GRE. This guarantee of admission is given only to students who have been full-time
Wilkes Honors College students for a minimum of six semesters and who have completed the Honors College Core and Concentration in the Wilkes Honors College.
Course information for Honors College students
Undergraduate courses in the College of Ed that an Honors College student in the Education (M.Ed.) pathway should take as part of their Bachelorís program include
four courses offered at the Jupiter campus and three courses that can be taken either at the Boca Raton campus or at Palm Beach State College.
Courses that can be taken online or at Palm Beach State College or at the Boca campus (as they are not offered at the Jupiter campus):
- EDF 2005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (includes 15-hour clinical field component)
- EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators
- EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators (includes 15-hour field component) (Dept. of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry)
Courses offered on the Jupiter campus:
- EDF 3210 Applied Learning Theory
- EDF 3430 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (Dept. of Educational Leadership)
- TSL 4324 ESOL Strategies for Content Area Teachers (Dept. of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry) OR (Students with English specialization
take TSL 4080 and TSL 4081 instead)
- RED 4335 Reading in the Content Areas
Students with specific questions on the Education courses can contact College of Education professor
Dr. Andrew Brewer in EC 202 on the Jupiter Campus,
or at 561-799-8629 (office).
The Department Chair of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education is
Dr. Barbara Ridener.
For further information about the Education Pathway contact
Mark Tunick, Associate Dean of the Honors College (561-799-8670).
For specific questions about College of Education course requirements for the M.Ed., you may also contact:
Dr. Andrew Brewer (561-799-8629)
Lorraine Cross (561-297-2491).
Honors College first 2 years, Transfer to College of Engineering and Computer Science
While the Wilkes Honors College does not offer degrees in engineering or computer science, students can come to the Honors College for their first two years and then
transfer seamlessly into the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students are thus able to take advantage
of the Honors College's rich offerings and small class sizes in mathematics and the sciences, social sciences, and humanities during their first two years to satisfy core
requirements before focusing on their upper-level engineering coursework at the College of Engineering.
According to a Memorandum of Agreement between the two Colleges, students who have completed all of the Honors College's core requirements or their equivalent and who meet the admission requirements of the College of Engineering and Computer Science are permitted to transfer automatically to that college. To declare a major within the College, students need to pass the Pre-professional requirements related to the major. Honors Calculus, Physics, and General Chemistry or their equivalents satisfy the
Engineering requirements of Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry for Engineers.
Memorandum of agreement approved May 8, 2012.
Honors College students wanting a fast track to a professional nursing career can take advantage of the Nursing Pathway. Students receive their Honors College degree
in the liberal arts and sciences, and with one additional year of study in the College of Nursing, receive a BSN as a second degree.
Each year up to three Honors College students who meet all College of Nursing requirements and complete their Honors College degree are guaranteed admission to the
College of Nursing's Accelerated BSN program. This program is specifically designed for the student with a
baccalaureate degree in another field who wants to become a registered nurse. HC students must notify
Mark Tunick, Associate Dean of the Honors College, of their intention to apply for the Accelerated BSN.
Students pursuing the pathway should consult the College of Nursing's
Accelerated BSN webpage,
which indicates the courses they must take while at the Honors College to prepare them for the BSN.
The accelerated BSN program is an intensive 12-month program of full-time academic study that begins each May during summer session A. Students complete
16 academic credits during the summer sessions; 19 academic credits during the fall semester; and 20 academic credits during the spring semester, all in FAU's
nationally acclaimed College of Nursing. For further information see the College of Nursing's
Accelerated BSN webpage, or contact
Mark Tunick, Associate Dean of the Honors College.