Honors College

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A Community of Scholars

Honors College provides a challenging curriculum for highly motivated students who have demonstrated their academic ability. Honors students work in a community of scholars, engaging in academic discussion and projects that require a high level of participation and independent investigation.

Honors College Curriculum

The honors curriculum is available to students enrolled in a degree program. Honors students complete specific requirements in addition to their degree program requirements. To graduate in the honors college, students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and receive a grade of B or better in required honors courses.

Interdisciplinary Seminars

Honors seminars, designed by faculty, feature small group discussions and provide an opportunity for in-depth dialogue. Honors seminars are taken in the third and fourth semesters. Students not enrolled in the honors college will be allowed to register for honors seminars with faculty permission. Seminars will be limited to 20 students.

Independent Study

Independent study projects allow academic pursuit of topics of interest. Students may take a nontraditional course in place of an independent study project. These courses are not always held in a classroom and usually involve an experiential learning component.

Admission to the Program

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All applicants to the honors college will be individually evaluated based on their academic achievement and potential for further achievement. Students may be admitted to the honors program when they are admitted to the College, or after their first semester at Tompkins Cortland. Students should take the following steps to be accepted into the honors program:

  • Apply to the College and enroll in one of our degree programs.
  • Contact the director of the honors college to express your interest. Contact may be made in person or by telephone, Email, or regular mail.
  • Provide high school and college grade transcripts and letters of reference for review by the director. Letters of reference should address your potential for academic achievement among a community of scholars.
  • You will work together with your degree program advisor and the director of the honors program to plan your curriculum and coordinate your involvement in the honors program.

For More Information

Professor Karen Pastorello, Honors Director
607.844.8222, Ext. 4233