Dr. Wendy Pojmann, Director
The College-wide Honors Program fosters the intellectual growth of Siena students through increased opportunities for independent thought and research. In particular, students who enter the program, the Honors Fellows, are challenged through a combination of Honors courses and a culminating Honors Thesis/Project to develop an academic experience best suited to their needs and interests. Honors work requires students to take the lead in developing their own intellectual curiosity and abilities. Limited to 15 students, Honors courses demand that students take more responsibility for their education. Extensive contact with the faculty and other Honors Fellows both inside and outside the classroom enhance the possibilities for academic and personal growth.
One of the hallmarks of the Honors Program is a wide range of academic opportunities. Departments throughout the College offer Honors courses. Many of these fulfill core, major, certificate, or minor requirements. Moreover, students can major in one subject and write an Honors Thesis/Project in another discipline or combination of disciplines in which they have taken four or more courses.
There are multiple points of entry into the Honors Program. After careful review of the students’ college admissions applications, incoming first-year students are invited to become Honors Fellows by the Honors Program Director. Students already enrolled at Siena may apply if they have completed 30 credit hours with an overall average of 3.3. Highly qualified students who are not enrolled in the Honors Program, but who have at least 12 credit hours and a 3.5 GPA in a field of study, may apply to the Honors Committee to do the research component only, starting with the Honors Research Colloquium.
Honors Fellows often participate in Study Abroad, the Education Certification program and in internship opportunities. As with any combination of major, program, and experiential learning, careful planning is necessary. The earlier the student identifies the desired opportunities, the easier it is to work toward them. Honors Fellows must maintain a 3.3 GPA throughout their studies at Siena College.