Honors Courses

About honors coursework

Honors courses provide additional challenges, emphasize writing and critical thinking skills, and give you the chance to explore topics in greater depth. JCC honors courses will allow you to network with leaders and professionals on campus and in the community. Additionally, the courses will provide opportunities to work one-on-one with professors and build mentoring relationships.

To earn JCC’s honors citation, you must successfully complete:

  • one three-credit hour honors symposium course
  • two one-credit hour project-based honors courses

The honors program sets the requirements for earning the honors citation and coordinates the agreement between faculty members and students. The instructor for each course determines the individual student’s grade.

Honors symposium

The honors symposium is a three-credit course designed to inspire you to approach global topics from diverse perspectives. You will have the opportunity to delve into intriguing discussion and participate in an environment that fosters curiosity and academic exploration.

Recent symposium course topics include global food systems, immigration, and Palestine.

Honors project-based courses

To earn the honors citation, you are required to successfully complete two one-credit, project-based honors courses which are related to courses in which you are currently enrolled or have recently completed. Each project must include some form of applied learning: fieldwork, internship, service learning, innovative/ creative project, and/or undergraduate research. After registering, you will be guided by the honors program coordinator and your advisors to identify a course to which to link your project.  You’ll then work directly with a faculty member to design a project that fits your interests and goals. Your project-based courses will help you develop and practice organizational skills and become proficient in time-management.

Each project-based honors course must include:

  • 45 hours of applied learning (such as fieldwork, internship, service learning, innovative/creative project, and/or undergraduate research)
  • An 8-10 page researched essay
  • A public presentation/demonstration of the project (may take place within a campus or community setting and may include Scholars Day presentations)
E-contract for faculty

If you are a faculty member who has agreed to work with an honors student to complete a project-based course, please select the link listed under your division to fill out the required e-contract and begin the process.

Spring 2021 honors courses

Honors Symposium course

Immigrants – Past and Present: Students will examine the complex issue of immigration from historical, personal, and sociological perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of the international community’s effort to address global migration and will analyze the state of immigration in the US in order to gain an understanding of the people who are in the immigration process.

  • 3754 - HMT 7514 3 cr. hrs. - HONORS SYMPOSIUM: Immigrants-Past and Present- Baginski, T - TBD-TBD - LE - 1/26-5/14 - Asynchronous Online
  • 3753 - HMT 7514 3 cr. hrs. - HONORS SYMPOSIUM: Immigrants-Past and Present - Baginski, T - 11:00 AM-11:50 AM M.W. - ZOOM LE - 1/25-5/14 - Hybrid (online & Zoom)

Honors project-based courses

  • 3153 - INT 2015 1 cr. hr. - HONORS Project I - Cooper, L.
  • 3153 - INT 2515 1 cr. hr. - HONORS Project II - Cooper, L.

To earn the honors citation, you are required to successfully complete two one-credit, project-based honors courses which are related to courses in which you are currently enrolled or have recently completed. Each project must include some form of applied learning: fieldwork, internship, service learning, innovative/ creative project, and/or undergraduate research. After registering, you will be guided by the honors program coordinator and your advisor to identify a course to which to link your project.  You’ll then work directly with a faculty member to design a project that fits your interests and goals. Your project-based courses will help you develop and practice organizational  and time-management skills.

Each project-based honors course must include:

  • 45 hours of applied learning (such as fieldwork, internship, service learning, innovative/creative project, and/or undergraduate research)
  • An 8-10 page researched essay
  • A public presentation/demonstration of the project (may take place within a campus or community setting and may include Scholars Day presentations)

Students and instructors are advised to complete learning contracts for spring semester project-based courses by February 24, 2021.

For more information, contact Lisa Cooper, honors program coordinator, at honors@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1243.

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