Honors College Curriculum

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For First-Year (Entering Freshmen) Students

Unlike Honors programs at many other colleges, which may require students to take a fixed sequence of core courses, Brockport's program offers flexibility in the selection of courses, encouraging students to tailor their education to their own interests and abilities. Honors students who enroll as first-year (entering freshmen) students are required to complete a total of eight (8) courses as described below.

Honors General Education Courses

Five (5) required Honors courses are designed to satisfy General Education requirements:

  • 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 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 students complete the General Education Program requirements early because of Advanced Placement or transfer credit, they 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 during which 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 Science."

Specialized Honors Courses

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.

For Honors Transfer Students:

Students who join the Honors College as transfers or as current Brockport students are required to complete the three (3) upper-division courses described below. Other Honors courses may be taken on a need basis — for example, in order to complete a remaining lower-division General Education requirement. Completed during the junior and senior year, the following upper-division courses facilitate in-depth study of subjects and individualized work with faculty members:

  • 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 in the fall and spring semesters. 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."
  • HON 395 "Junior Colloquium" (1 credit): In preparation for embarking on the Honors Senior Thesis, this course is typically 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 professors in their academic majors (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.

Last Updated 3/30/18

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