The mission of the Honors Concentration at SUNY
Erie is to challenge academically talented students,
providing them with an enriched education in order
to nurture learning, build character and promote
leadership, and to ensure an educationally rewarding
Students taking an Honors course will achieve the
same learning outcomes as the standard course,
but with greater expectation from the instructor
for critical thinking and in-depth exploration of the
To graduate with Honors recognition, students must complete three Honors Contract Courses and the Honors Capstone. Honors Contract Courses are arranged with the instructor, potentially allowing any SUNY Erie course to be converted into an Honors course.
The Honors Capstone course may be taught as individualized instruction or a seminar section. It will focus on the development of critical thinking skills and is designed to provide an immersive, innovative and interdisciplinary learning experience. Students will complete an individualized project focusing on a specific theme or area of interest, with the instructor facilitating discussion and in-depth exploration of the subject. The result will be the production of an original research, creative or service- learning project which will be shared through publication or presentation.
Do I have to take
extra classes?The Honors Concentration requires only one class additional
to your academic program, the Honors Capstone, HP 200. The other classes needed to complete the
program are Honors by Contract classes which you will take within your program.
What is Honors by
Contract?An Honors Contract is when you make a formal agreement with
a faculty member to add an honors component to a class which you are taking as
part of your program of study. These
contracts are filed with the Honors Coordinator by the fourth week of
classes. The honors component is either
an additional assignment or an extended assignment which adds depth, critical
thinking and/or an interdisciplinary perspective to the course material. At the end of the semester, the Honors
Coordinator will confirm with your instructor that you have completed the
contract. Upon successful completion,
the registrar will change your transcript so that the course includes the
What if I don’t
complete the contract?You will not get honors credit for the course. You will still receive credit/a grade for the
course if you have passed the standard course material. You may substitute another honors contract in
a following semester to complete the Honors Concentration.
What is the Honors
Capstone?The Honors Capstone, HP 200, is a course most often taken as
individualized instruction. Each student
devises their own project with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The requirements for the project are that it
requires at least 45 hours to complete and is presented in a public venue
(through a conference, publication, recital, or oral presentation at SUNY
Erie.) The project is evaluated
according to its demonstration of professionalism, subject area mastery,
creativity, community engagement and reflection.
What if I don’t
complete HP 200?HP 200 is a stand-alone class. If you do not intend to complete the course,
you must withdraw or fail. However, like
a standard course, extenuating circumstances may allow for a grade of
What if I don’t
complete the requirements for the Honors Concentration?There is no penalty for not completing the program. Any honors coursework you have finished will
still appear on your transcript. You
will just not receive the cord and medallion at graduation.
Is Honors the same as
PTK?No. Phi Theta Kappa
(PTK) is an Honor Society.
What is the
difference between the Honors Concentration and Honor Societies?The Honors Concentration is an academic program which requires
you to take certain classes. Honor
Societies, such as PTK, XAE and ABG, are social organizations which recognize
academic merit. It is possible, in fact,
encouraged, to participate in both Honor Societies and the Honors
Students may apply online or directly to the Honors Coordinator at the time of application to the college or in subsequent semesters. If applying from high school, please include a copy of the high school transcript. If applying while at SUNY Erie, include your student id number with all correspondence. There is no deadline for application; however you must be able to complete the four required courses in your remaining time at SUNY Erie.
To apply or receive more information, contact: Vanessa Haddad, Ph.D.Honors Coordinator North Campus, Room K120A 6205 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honors Concentration is open to both full-and
part-time students in any degree program.
For incoming high school students, admission to the
Honors Concentration is primarily based on a student’s
final high school average of 88 percent or higher.
Current SUNY Erie students and transfer students
must have a GPA of 3.25 in order to be eligible.
Although GPA is strongly considered in admitting
students to the program, it is not the only
consideration. Those students with ability and a keen
interest in education are also encouraged to apply.
All students are required to apply personally to the
Honors Coordinator. Once accepted into the Honors
Concentration, all students must maintain at least a