As a participant in the Honors Program, you will collaborate with faculty members in a variety of special courses. As an honors student, the designation will go on your transcript and diploma.
Honors students can benefit from:
- faculty members known for their excellence as teaching-scholars,
- courses that emphasize primary texts and sources,
- rigorous scholarly writing assignments and oral presentations,
- belonging to a committed community of scholars,
- preference in academic advisement and course registration,
- assistance with funding to present at regional and national conferences, and
- special advising regarding graduate and professional school applications and prestigious fellowship opportunities.
Dr. Joseph R. Marbach became Georgian Court University’s ninth president on July 1, 2015. As the president of Georgian Court University, Dr. Marbach is charged with leading the strategic vision and growth of the university. He is the first male and first lay president in Georgian Court’s history. Dr. Marbach possesses a distinguished background in the academic arena as both an educator and thought leader.
In 2010, he was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at La Salle University. There, Dr. Marbach, who also held a post as a professor of political science, established the English Language Institute, the Office of Professional and Corporate Education, and the Institute for Lasallian Education and Engaged Pedagogy (I-LEEP). He expanded the university’s presence in online education, graduate studies, international education and recruitment, signing cooperative agreements with local colleges and international universities.
He is the former dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University, where he also was a professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science. At Seton Hall, Dr. Marbach served as acting chair for the Department of Africana Studies and as co-founder and director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement. During his years at Seton Hall, Dr. Marbach was a frequent media contributor and subject matter expert for television, radio, newspaper, and magazine outlets.
Dr. Marbach is a past president of the New Jersey Political Science Association and has served on the council of the American Political Science Association’s Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations. He was a fellow with the Pennsylvania Policy Forum, and he has been an active participant in the Global Dialogue on Federalism, sponsored by the Forum of Federations and International Association of Centers for Federal Studies. He has taught in many faculty seminars sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Summer Institute.
Dr. Marbach graduated magna cum laude from La Salle University in 1983, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Temple University in 1986 and 1993, respectively. His areas of expertise include federalism and intergovernmental relations, state and local government, and New Jersey politics.
Dr. Marbach is editor-in-chief of Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia and has contributed to and edited Opening Cybernetic Frontiers. Along with several book chapters, Dr. Marbach’s work appears in numerous journals and encyclopedias. An award-winning radio analyst, he is often asked to share his expertise in state and local government, and particularly in New Jersey politics.
He and his wife, Paula, have three children.
Honors Program Academic Requirements
As a member of the Honors Program, you must:
- maintain a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.3 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in honors courses;
- attend program meetings; and
- participate in university-sponsored, co-curricular activities and events designated by the Honors Program director.
Becoming a Member of the Honors Program
Based on when you come to GCU, there are a few different ways to enter the program.
- First-Year Selection: Admissions counselors identify and recruit potential Honors Program members based on academic excellence in college preparatory courses. If selected, the director will invite you to the program. To be considered, you have to score high in reading and on the Department of English writing placement exam. In the course of their college careers, honors students will be required to complete eight cohort-designated honors courses that fulfill the General Education Program, including EN221 (grade of C or better).
- Current Students: Students currently enrolled at GCU who achieve a strong academic record for a minimum of 12, but not more than 32 credits can also be selected. If you meet those qualifications, you can apply to the Honors Program by sending a letter to the director. If you have a minimum of 12 but less than 19 credits, you must take seven cohort-designated honors courses from the General Education Program, including the required EN221 (grade C or better). Current students admitted to the Honors Program with a minimum of 18 but less than 32 credits must complete the graduation requirements for transfer students.
- Transfer Students: Transfer students who have 32 or fewer credits with a strong academic record are encouraged to apply to the program by sending a letter to the director requesting admission. If you are a transfer student accepted into the Honors Program, you must complete six cohort-designated honors courses from the General Education Program, including the required EN221 (grade C or better).If you are a transfer student entering GCU and have satisfactorily completed an Honors Program for the associate’s degree, you can apply to the program as well. Send a letter to the director requesting admission. If you are accepted, you will be required to complete four cohort-designated honors courses from the General Education Program, including the required EN221 (grade C or better).