The COAS Honors Program is by invitation only. Freshmen who meet our minimum criteria of an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.5, and a combined SAT of 1300 (or ACT of 28) based upon the University's admission data, will receive an invitation via email. Upon receipt of the completed application and supporting documents (by the application deadline), a month-long review process ensues. Applicants who are accepted into the Program are notified via email, where additional instructions for proceeding are also provided.
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Regardless of academic major, students are required to take courses outside of their program of study for a well-rounded educational experience that promotes critical thinking and intellectual growth.
Students may choose a major from any one of our 20 departments and programs within the divisions of Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences. Each of our majors is designed to prepare students to take the next steps in meeting their professional goals.
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Through classes and leadership training, ROTC provides you with the tools to become an Air Force or Army Officer without interfering with your other classes.
The College of Arts and Sciences houses three preprofessional programs through The Center for Preprofessional Education, including BS-MD, BS-DDS, and Pre-Pharmacy The Center offers resources, support and training geared toward helping students become competitive applicants for entry into professional schools.
Howard B.A.-J.D. Program
The Howard University Bachelor of Arts to Juris Doctor program (B.A.-J.D.) is open to incoming freshmen students who will major in legal communications, political science, philosophy, English, criminology, or economics. The program allows students to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Communications and Juris Doctor at Howard Law School in six years, rather than the traditional seven years.
Admitted students will complete 90 undergraduate credits in three years and begin law school in their fourth year. Students will be awarded a B.A. degree after completing their first 30 credits at Howard Law. Essentially, the first 30 credits of law school will count toward the B.A. degree and the J.D. degree. After completing 88 law school credits, students will be awarded a Juris Doctor. Students enrolled in the B.A.-J.D. program are not automatically admitted to Howard Law School. Students must apply and be accepted. However, the program is designed to help students successfully gain admissions.
To this end, B.A.-J.D. students will be advised by the director of the B.A.-J.D. program and will have access to a law student mentor. B.A.-J.D. Students will also participate in the Howard Pre-Law Summer Enrichment Program (PLSEP) where they will receive a free Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) course. Further, students will have access to enrichment activities throughout the academic year.
Eligibility for the program will be based on high school GPA, standardized test scores, and chosen undergraduate major. Interested students can only apply to the program as a part of the Early Decision application to Howard University. For more information about the Early Decision application, please visit: admission.howard.edu.
For further information about the B.A.-J.D. program, please email BAJD@howard.edu.