(A member of the National Collegiate Honors Council)
Program Mission Statement
The Honors Program at Mohawk Valley Community College seeks to guide and nurture students in critical thought, multi-disciplinary exploration, undergraduate research, and meaningful engagement with faculty and peers.
The Honors Program at Mohawk Valley Community College strives to motivate exceptional students in all fields of study to develop to their fullest potential. The program enriches students’ learning experience through independent research, challenging projects, and collaborations with faculty and peers – all while preparing them for further study or a vibrant career.
Students must complete three steps to earn the “Graduate with Distinction” title. Completed individual steps will be noted on student transcripts.
Step 1: Take Introduction to Honors (HP 101).
Introduction to Honors is a one-credit course that is offered every fall and spring semester. The course will prepare students to conduct an independent research project and help build community among the Honors Program students.
Step 2: Choose to take Honors Seminar OR conduct an Independent Research Project.
Students will have the choice to take a three-credit Honors Seminar or to select a faculty mentor with whom they will collaborate on a non-credit independent research project. The seminars will be small classes (capped at 12 students), and will be interdisciplinary and discussion-based to emphasize deep learning, specifically critical reading and writing. Three college seminar classes will be offered every semester, taught by faculty in a variety of disciplines.
For the research project, students will be encouraged to work with professors whose classes they are already taking and to consider all fields of study, even those outside of their majors. Students will meet regularly with faculty mentors, and at the end of the spring semester, present their research at a formal reception for the college community.
Step 3: Complete an Honors Capstone Research Project.
Students who chose to conduct an Honors Independent Research Project in Step 2 will conduct a separate project on a different topic for Step 3.