Founded in 1982, the Honors College is a four-year program designed for the academically superior student. The Honors College offers a challenging and rewarding educational experience to the intellectually inquisitive undergraduate. Honors College students are independent thinkers, captivated by courses dealing with cross-cultural and intellectual movements, and stimulated by creative debate and analytical dialogue.
The Honors College fosters a collaborative learning community that engages in scholarship, values creativity, and cultivates leadership. Three of the four SCSU Barnard Scholars were Honors College students. Thirty-three Honors College students completed Departmental Honors Thesis work with the majority coming from the Arts & Sciences programs. At the first annual Undergraduate Research Conference, Honors College students and alumni made a significant contribution. The opening plenary speaker, Jacqueline McGuinness (PHY ’06), is a graduate of the Honors College. Several Honors college students presented their work at national conferences and won awards for their work. Rose Martin presented at the SENCER conference in Washington, DC. Laura Salvatore won first place in the Freshwater Poetry Contest at Asnuntuck Community College and publication in their literary magazine. Catherine Cota had her research published in eLIFE. Patrick Cumpstone presented his research on witchcraft accusations in Connecticut at the Wallingford Historical Society Annual Meeting and has been awarded a contract from Picton Press for his book based on this research. Seven Honors College students have moved on to graduate programs here and across the country.
The Living Learning Community of the Honors College has become an integral part of the College experience and has been so successful among freshman students that the program has been expanded to allow sophomores to remain in the LLC. Almost all incoming Honors residential students apply to live in the Honors College LLC. Freshman and sophomores who were part of the LLC this year point to the increased sense of community, the ability to share advice with new students, the accessibility of working together on class assignments, and the benefits of being able to continue academic discourse beyond the boundaries of the classroom. This has become a very important facet of the Honors College experience for on-campus students.Honors College