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The curriculum of The College at Brockport's Honors College allows students to integrate Honors courses into their existing General Education and academic major requirements, as well as to tailor Honors courses to their personal interests and goals. Honors course requirements are adapted to when students begin the program. The two options are either,
- First-year students: Honors students who enroll as first-year students (i.e., entering freshmen) complete a total of eight Honors courses while at Brockport.
- Transfers and Brockport sophomores or juniors: Students who join the Honors College as transfers or as Brockport sophomores/juniors complete a minimum of three Honors courses: Honors Contemporary Issues, HON 395 "Junior Colloquium," and HON 490 "Sr. Honors Thesis" (see below for course descriptions).
Honors students who complete their General Education Program requirements early because of Advanced Placement or other transfer credit may utilize one or two Honors Contracts as substitutes for taking Honors courses. The Honors Contract enables a conventional course to count for Honors credit — whether in General Education or an academic program —through special arrangement with the instructor and approval of the Honors Director. With an emphasis on quality rather than quantity of work, the Honors Contract requires students to complete an additional or extended assignment, project, or activity that results in a deeper, more sophisticated understanding of a course topic or issue. (The deadline to submit an Honors Contract proposal form to the Honors College Office is the end of the second week of the semester during which a student is enrolled in the course.)
Honors General Education Courses
Five Honors course requirements also satisfy General Education requirements:
- HON 112 "Introduction to Honors" (4 credits): Topic-based seminar required for all students who join the program in their first year of college. Focuses on the development of foundational skills and knowledge essential to success in college and beyond. Satisfies the General Education requirements for Academic Planning Seminar, Basic Communication (Q), Oral Communication (Y), Diversity (D), and Perspectives on Women and Gender (W).
- Three additional lower-division Honors General Education courses (9-10 credits): Required for all students who join the program in their first year of college. A variety of options are offered each semester, and together they expose students to knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world. Recent examples include "HON American Politics" (PLS 113), fulfilling the Social Science (S) GE requirement; "HON Environmental Science" (ENV 202), fulfilling the Natural Science with Lab (L) GE requirement; "HON Improvisational Theater" (THE 232), fulfilling Fine Arts with Performance GE requirement (P); and "HON Jane Austen and Popular Culture (ENG 234).
- Honors Contemporary Issues (3 credits): The Honors Contemporary Issues (I) course satisfies an upper-division General Education requirement that all students must complete, including transfers. At least three Honors "I" course topics are offered each fall and spring semester, each which analyzes a major issue with contemporary and enduring human significance (e.g., "HON Life in the Digital Age," "HON Confronting Death," "HON Global Perspectives on Women & Gender").
Specialized Honors Courses
Three required Honors courses are tailored to each student's academic major:
- Honors Engaged Learning Experience (3 credits): Required for all students who join the program in their first year of college. Honors students may satisfy this requirement, which focuses on student-driven and/or experiential learning, in a variety of ways, including but not limited to study abroad, internships, supervised teaching, teaching assistantships, clinical or field experiences, independent or directed studies, service-learning courses. Students are required to submit an Honors Engaged Learning Experience Proposal Form during for review by the Honors Director during the semester prior to enrolling in the course. Students also have the option of petitioning to satisfy this requirement through a non-credit equivalent (e.g., completion of community service or shadowing hours, Gold Certificate in the Leadership Development Program, or the Summer Research Program).
- HON 395 "Junior Colloquium": (1 credit): Required for all Honors students, including transfers. Prepares students to embark on the Senior Thesis and is usually completed during the junior year. The course guides students through the process of planning their thesis, including selecting a topic and faculty director, developing an appropriate methodology of research, and getting acquainted with available campus resources.
- HON 490 "Honors Senior Thesis Project" (3 credits): Required for all Honors students, including transfers. As the capstone experience of the Honors College, the Senior Thesis is a scholarly or creative project designed by each student under the direction of a professor in his or her academic major (or a closely related area). It requires both a written product and a formal presentation consistent with the research practices in the relevant field of study.