• A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.

Challenges (Fall 2010 and Later Honors Program Enrollment)

If your first term in the Honors Program was Fall 2010 or later, you may select from the challenges listed below.

All Honors students must complete one of the following challenges:

  • Traditional: A research or creative project is done within a course and goes beyond the usual course requirements. The project needs to be proposed to, and accepted by, the Honors Program Advisory Committee. The project must then be completed under the guidance of the course professor. Course grade needs to be B+ or better. Paperwork Needed

  • Research or Creative: The investigation of an original question is done in depth with a faculty member or a creative project is completed under the supervision of a faculty member. The project is done outside a course. The project needs to be proposed to, and accepted by, the Honors Program Advisory Committee. Honors challenge credit is granted if the supervising faculty member deems the student's work B+ or better. Paperwork Needed

Challenges that may fulfill additional requirements: 

  • Special Academic Achievement: A student with an extraordinary academic accomplishment may apply for Honors Challenge credit. It must involve some external review and evaluation. Presenting a paper or poster session at a national conference, having a paper published in a refereed journal, or winning an academic award from a national organization are all examples. Paperwork Needed

  • Honors Mini-Seminar: A 4-6 week seminar restricted to Honors Program students. These classes involve in-depth study and discussion of a topic from disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. To avoid additional tuition costs, a student may opt to audit the Mini-Seminar. The Honors Mini-Seminar grade must be B+ or better to qualify as a successful challenge. No Paperwork Needed

  • Honors Composition: A composition course restricted to Honors Program students. The Honors Composition grade must be B+ or better to qualify as a successful Arts & Humanities Divison challenge. No Paperwork Needed

  • Honors First-Year Seminar (FYS): A first-year seminar restricted to Honors Program students. The Honors FYS grade must be B+ or better to qualify as a successful challenge. No Paperwork Needed

  • Second Major: A student completes a double major as a challenge.  The GPA in both majors must be at least 3.3 (B+) to qualify as a challenge. Education counts as a second major. Paperwork Needed

  • SemesterAbroad: A student must propose a semester-long (minimum of 12 weeks) study at a non-US college or university, supervised by a Hartwick faculty member. The grade point average during the period of off-campus study must be at least 3.3 (B+) to qualify as a challenge. Paperwork Needed