Honors courses are not about extra or harder work. They are about building a community of motivated scholars interacting with a selection of Buffalo State’s most dedicated and talented faculty. In an honors class you will be learning with a small group of peers, some of whom you with see in multiple classes. This allows close networks of interdisciplinary students to come together with different perspectives and contribute to the collective knowledge in the classroom.
The current honors program has about 370 students. These students are from Western NY, NYC, and surrounding areas and everywhere in-between. We also have students who come from countries all over the world. Our students are rural, suburban, and urban, and represent a variety of life experiences. You will find our program contains students that embody diverse social identities, co- and extra-curricular passions, and future plans.
Yes, many honors students enter college with previous community college transfer credits or high school AP credits. However, it may depend on the requirements of the program you are in.
Most of the honors curriculum will fulfil your intellectual foundations requirements. There is a required Capstone course for all honors students. This course includes an experiential learning component, which may be part of your major.
It is encouraged that you take an honor course every semester until they are done, but we understand that sometimes that is impossible. You can work with the Director to ensure all honors requirements are complete before graduation.
If you entered the Honors Program during or before Fall of 2018 and you are a Muriel A. Howard Honors student you must:
If you enter the Honors Program during or before Fall of 2018 and you are a Dean's Honors Student you must:
If you entered the Honors Program in the Fall of 2019 or later, the curriculum and requirements are being created and will be updated as progress is made.
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