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.

Semester Highlights

SUNY Potsdam's Honors Program invites campus and community to unlock happiness through a free interdisciplinary lecture series this semester. The "Thinking Across the Disciplines" lecture series invites professors and community members from an array of academic backgrounds to share reflections on happiness from their own perspectives.

The series kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 3, with a lecture led by Dr. Kimberly Bouchard, an associate professor in the College's Department of Theatre and Dance.

The "Thinking Across the Disciplines" series is free and open to the public. All lectures will be offered from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Raymond Hall eighth floor dining room, which is wheelchair-accessible.

Mark your calendars for the lunchtime series! The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 3: "On Happiness and the Theatre," presented by Dr. Kimberly Bouchard, associate professor of theatre.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10:"On Happiness in History," presented by Dr. Sheila McIntyre, associate professor of history.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17:"On Happiness and Spirituality," presented by the Rev. Dr. Christopher Brown, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Potsdam.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24:"On Happiness and the Scientific Method," presented by Dr. Walt Conley, professor of biology.
  • Tuesday, March 17: "On Happiness and Philosophy," presented by Dr. Galen. K. Pletcher, dean emeritus of SUNY Potsdam's School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Tuesday, March 24:"On Happiness and the Environment," presented by Dr. Heather Sullivan-Catlin, associate professor of sociology.

The happiness series was created by course instructor Dr. Richard Williams, a professor of psychology.