Honors Program at SUNY Potsdam

The SUNY Potsdam Honors Program encourages highly motivated students to explore education in a supportive environment. The Honors Program is designed to realize the ideal of a handcrafted education by offering small class sizes with increased student interaction and independent projects. Honors courses are taught by faculty members who excel in their field of study and encourage student participation. Honors students enjoy benefits such as:

  • Graduation with distinction
  • Early registration
  • Honors lounge and computer lab
  • Optional housing that includes a shared kitchen and lounge
  • Special programing
  • A jump-start into undergraduate research

We can help you make the most of your academic experience at SUNY Potsdam.

Dr. Thomas N. Baker, Director

Please contact the Honors Program Office at (315)-267-2900 or lawrenbs@potsdam.edu with any questions.

What is Happiness?

That is the subject of Dr. Rick Williams's new interdisciplinary honors course INTD 151 "Thinking Across the Disciplines," offered spring 2014.  Even if you're not taking the course, you can attend the guest lectures associated with it.

Speaker schedule: 

  • 2/4 Kim Bouchard -  "Happiness and the Dramatic Arts"
  • 2/20 Walter Conley - "The Biology of Happy"
  • 2/25 Sheila McIntyre - "How Can you Tell if a Puritan is Happy?"
  • 3/4 Christopher Brown - "The Surprise of Happiness"
  • 3/11 Galen Pletcher - "The Pursuit of Happiness"
  • 4/1 Heather Sullivan-Catlin - "Human Happiness and the Environment: A Sociological Perspective"

Location: Raymond Hall, 8th Floor Dining Room
Time: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

The lectures are free and open to the public, and are handicapped accessible.

Watch this video of Esther Kim's Advanced Honors Project

What undergraduate research will you pursue?