Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is the Honors Program?
    The Honors Program at SUNY Potsdam begins with the General Honors curriculum, which consists of a one-credit-hour General Honors Colloquium (INTD 150); students unable to take the colloquium in their initial semester at SUNY Potsdam must, instead, complete an approved Honors Independent-Study Service-Learning Course (INTD 195).  All students must take at least nine additional credit hours in other honors courses.  Honors courses span a variety of topics at the General Honors level. To complete Advanced Honors, students must complete one of five different research or service tracks, and take the one-credit hour "Scholar as Citizen" Colloquium (INTD 450). 
  • Will I have to complete both General Honors and Advanced Honors requirements in order to graduate in honors?
    The General Honors and Advanced Honors components of the Honors Program's curriculum are independent of each other.  Students may complete General Honors requirements, Advanced Honors requirements, or both.  Completion of one or both of those curricula will be noted as a mark of distinction on the student's transcript. 
  • Is there a G.P.A. requirement to graduate from the Honors Program?
    Yes.  Students must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 at the time of graduation.  They must have a cumulative 3.25 G.P.A. in all courses counting for General Honors credit.  No honors course below a 2.7 may count toward General Honors credit.  Honors students who fall below a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the program. 
  • How many students are in the Honors Program?
    The Honors Program is very selective and consists of the top 4% to 5% of the College's student body. Each graduating class enrolls between 40 and 50 students, for a total of about 160 students enrolled, campus-wide, in any given year.  
  • Do honors students have priority-registration privileges?
    Honors students are permitted to register at the beginning of their respective graduating classes.  Thus, for example, sophomore honors students register before other sophomores. 
  • How does work in honors courses differ from work in other SUNY Potsdam courses?
    Compared to non-honors courses, honors courses are designed to provide greater theoretical depth, more cross-disciplinary emphasis, more student-professor and student-student interaction, and greater use of primary (e.g., original manuscripts) rather than secondary (e.g., textbooks) reference sources. Honors courses are not simply more work.
  • What is the average size of honors courses?
    Honors courses are, on average, smaller than equivalent courses in the same major.  Honors courses are generally capped at 20 students; many times, course enrollments are smaller.