Honors Program at SUNY Potsdam

How might SUNY Potsdam's Honors Program enhance your college experience?

We offer highly motivated students the benefits of small classes and excellent professors, with special opportunities to pursue advanced independent projects. Here's what you get with the honors program:

  • Student-centered course work
  • 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

Who is invited to join?

  • Incoming first-year students with high school GPAs of 95% or higher
  • Second semester SUNY Potsdam students or transfer students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher

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.

Honors Course Highlights

Fall 2014
PHIL 100: Honors Introduction to Philosophy

Dr. David Curry

This specially designed Honors Introduction to Philosophy features a brief introduction to argument, with a lot of hands on practice, followed by a close reading of Plato's Apology, Euthyphro, Crito, and Republic. The semester culminates in an exploration of the historical context of the Platonic dialogues by playing the Athens Game, fundamentally relying on "The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C." module developed at Barnard College. In the game students take the role of leaders of various factions, as well as serving in certain democratically selected positions of power, to recreate the political landscape of late 5th Century B.C. Athens. A replay of the trial of Socrates usually concludes the course.

Looking Forward

In Spring 2015 consider taking Dr. Rick Williams's innovative interdisciplinary honors course INTD 151: Thinking Across the Disciplines. The topic is again "Happiness."