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Honors College Requirements

Entering Freshmen: Honors Course Requirements

Honors students are required to fulfill The College at Brockport's General Education program along with their chosen academic major. Beginning in Fall 2015, there are a total of eight (8) Honors course requirements for those who enter the program as freshmen. A combination of small interactive Honors seminars, conventional courses, and engaged learning experiences are used to satisfy these requirements over a period of three or four years. As much as possible, these courses are integrated into a student’s chosen program of study. Honors students are expected to take at least one course per academic year and maintain a 3.25 GPA to remain active in the program.



Five (5) required Honors courses are designed to satisfy General Education requirements. These five required courses consist of:
  • HON 112 “Introduction to Honors” (4 credits): Required of all students who enroll in the Honors College as freshmen. Satisfies “Academic Planning Seminar” (APS) and the General Education requirements for Written Communication, Oral Communication, Diversity and Perspectives on Gender & Women.
  • Three (3) additional lower-division Honors General Education courses selected in consultation with a faculty advisor: For example, “Honors American Politics” (PLS 113) fulfills Social Science (S) “Honors Environmental Science” (ENV 202) fulfills Natural Science with Lab (L), and “Honors Improvisational Theater” (THE 232) fulfills Fine Arts with Performance (P). If a student completes the General Education Program requirements early because of Advanced Placement or transfer credit, he or she may use the Honors Contract to achieve the total of three additional lower-division courses. An Honors Contract enables a student to turn any conventional course—whether in General Education or an academic major/minor—into Honors credit by special arrangement with the instructor and approval of the Honors Director. The Honors Contract Form must be submitted within the first two weeks of the semester that a student is enrolled in the proposed course.
  • Honors Contemporary Issues (3 credits): The Honors Contemporary Issues requirement (indicated by the “I” code) satisfies a General Education requirement at the upper-division level. At least three course options representing a variety of disciplines are offered every Fall and Spring semester. Examples of recent Honors Contemporary Issues course titles include: “Life in the Digital Age,” “Confronting Death,” “Global Perspectives on Women & Gender,” and “Issues in Life Sciences.”

Three (3) required Honors courses are tailored to each student’s academic major:
  • Honors Engaged Learning Experience (3 credits): The College at Brockport offers a variety of courses that foster intellectual growth through student-driven learning and/or experiential learning (both lower- or upper-division level). Honors students may meet this requirement through a study abroad program, an internship, a practicum course (e.g. supervised teaching, teaching assistantship, clinical or field experience), a peer mentoring course, an academic major independent or directed study, a service-learning course, the Washington Semester program or another credit-bearing engaged learning experience with the approval of the Honors Director. Students must submit the Honors Engaged Learning Experience Form the semester prior to enrolling in the proposed course. The form includes the option to petition for meeting this requirement through a non-credit equivalent (e.g. Leadership Development Program, Summer Research Program).
  • HON 395 “Junior Colloquium” (1 credit): In preparation for embarking on an Honors Senior Thesis project, this course is completed during the Junior year. Students are guided through the process of planning their thesis, including selecting a topic and faculty director and developing a methodology of research.
  • HON 490 “Honors Senior Thesis Project” (3 credits): As the capstone experience of the Honors College, the thesis is a scholarly or creative project designed by the student under the direction of a professor in his or her academic major (or a related area).  It requires both a written product and a formal presentation in accordance with the research practices in a student’s chosen field of study. 

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Last Updated 9/4/14