• Student demonstrates ceramics work during Showcase 2009
  • Student demonstrates ceramics work during Showcase 2009
  • Student performance during Showcase 2009
  • Student performance during Showcase 2009

Honors Program

A member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, The Hartwick College Honors Program provides outstanding students with challenges that broaden and deepen their liberal arts education, enhance the intellectual rigor of their curriculum, and lead to more meaningful engagement with a close-knit community of student and faculty scholars.

The Honors Program encourages highly qualified students to set personal standards of scholarly excellence in designing an individual honors plan from a broad range of special academic opportunities. Two core elements fulfill the requirements for graduation with College Honors from the Hartwick College Honors Program:

  • Superior Academic Excellence, evidenced by graduation with at least a 3.5 GPA
  • Successful completion of four student designed Honors Challenges 

The most important curricular component of the Hartwick College Honors Program is the decision by the student, working in collaboration with the faculty, to undertake Honors Challenges. Such a decision assumes an exceptional capacity for independent thinking, reasoning, and investigation. Honors Challenges are, quite simply, an intellectual extension of the mind consistent with Liberal Arts in Practice educational philosophy.

Honors students complete at least one Honors Challenge within each of the three academic divisions of the College to fulfill the Honors Divisional Requirements. And to enrich the intellectual life of Hartwick College, each Honors student may publicly present one Honors Challenge.

Unlike programs found at large colleges and universities, the Honors Program at Hartwick is not a separate “college within a college.” Our Honors Program is grounded in the personalized learning of an excellent small private liberal arts college, and encourages students to pursue their intellectual passions as a true scholar working with faculty, as colleagues.

Honors students also enjoy early preregistration for courses, the chance to live in designated honors residences on our beautiful hillside campus, exclusive use of the Honors Center in the library, and invitations to special honors functions and activities. Students who complete the requirements of the program are recognized on their transcripts and celebrated at Commencement as graduating with College Honors.

For further information on the Hartwick College Honors Program, contact the Program Director:

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