For more than 50 years, the Honors program has provided academically superior, highly motivated undergraduate students with an accelerated and enhanced intellectual experience. You will become independent critical thinkers who will be prepared to lead successful careers and fulfilling personal lives. Joining the program is the first step in a life-changing experience.
Although the academic component is the heart of the program, it is not the only reason to be in the Honors Program. You will have access to:
- Special living accommodations on campus
- Unique field trips/outings
- Research grants and internships
- Social events
- Individualized mentoring/advising for prestigious scholarships.
The All-College Honors program is not for every student. For the most part, it is for those who have excelled in high school (top 10 percent of high school rank or 94 high school average or 3.8 grade point average or 1360 SAT (math & reading) and/or 28 ACT) and who choose to come into the program. On occasion, Honors welcomes students with unusual talents and experiences whose scores may be somewhat lower than these benchmarks
The All-College Honors Program at Canisius College challenges highly qualified highly motivated students to develop intellectual curiosity and rigor, independent reasoning and creativity, superior communication skills, leadership potential, and a system for ethical decision-making. The close-knit scholarly community will help provide you with productive careers and rewarding lives.
The Honors Thesis
The capstone of the Honors program is the Honors thesis that is completed in your senior year. You can choose the topic you want to explore but it should draw on your past academic experience since it requires considerable independent thinking and creativity, self-discipline, and effective time management. Recent thesis topics include:
- Teaching Place Value to Elementary School Students: Why the Exploratory Method is More Effective
- Beluga Babysitting: The Nature of Allomothering in Delphinapterus leucas
- Economic Disparity in Drug Generation for Neglected Diseases and Vaccines
- The Economic Implications of Derivatives-Based Strategies in Risk Management
- Feeling the Heat: A Case for Immediate Action Against the Effects of Global Warming
- Circling the Wagons: Why Western New York Will Profit from the Departure of the Buffalo Bills
- Surviving Gone With the Wind: Survival and Its Impact on the Transformation of Gender Roles
- Would You Like Sushi with That? The Influence of Japanese Culture on the American Managerial Model over the Past Sixty Years