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BARSC Admission

Are you thinking that the BARSC degree might be for you?  Here are the steps you should take if you’re considering the most selective degree at the university that is specifically tailored to your interests, academic needs, and career goals.

Speak with your advisor. 

If you and your honors advisor decide the BARSC degree might be for you, you will then meet with the associate dean of the Honors College.  This should happen at some point during your first three semesters in the college – the earlier, the better!

Draft a Statement of Purpose. 

If the dean approves your request to apply to the BARSC program, you'll prepare a “Statement of Purpose” and submit it for review. The Statement of Purpose should contain the following information:

  • Your personal and professional goals, both long- and short-term
  • The reasons why your academic and professional goals cannot be met through a standard degree program (for example, a double major)
  • The academic disciplines you propose bringing together for the BARSC degree and why this combination of coursework will help you reach your goals
  • Your academic strengths and weaknesses

Once your statement of purpose has been approved by the dean, you'll transfer to the BARSC degree program officially, with the Honors College Associate Dean, who directs the BARSC program, serving as your Honors College and major advisor.

Establish your BARSC Committee. 

The next step is to establish your BARSC Committee, which consists of (1) the Associate Dean; and (2) two to three faculty members you invite. The two faculty members represent the disciplines to be pursued through your BARSC program. 

Determine your program of study. 

Your BARSC Committee meets with you to work out your specific program of study.  In preparation for this meeting, you will share your statement of purpose with your BARSC committee.

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