Honors Credit Policy

Students seeking transfer credit must see the Honors director, who has discretion in the matter.

The All-College Honors Program generally permits Honors students to gain credit for the following test scores and alternative coursework:

(a) pertinent Advanced Placement courses taught in high school, provided the exam scores are 4s or 5s (no more than three such scores accepted)
(b) exam scores of 6s or 7s in pertinent subject areas of the International Baccalaureate (no more than two such scores accepted; no additional credit for qualifying AP exam scores that duplicate credit awarded for IB exams) 
(c) Summer Honors courses taught at Canisius College, provided the grade is "B" or better
(d) pertinent study-abroad courses at foreign universities, provided the grades are "B" or better (no more than two such courses accepted)
(e) pertinent courses taken at accredited institutions of higher learning by college students transferring to Canisius, provided the grades are "B" or better

The Honors Program will accept a maximum of five (5) test scores and alternative academic courses. 

Honors students who receive 4 or 5 on the AP English exam or 6 or 7 on the IB English exam must nonetheless enroll in HON 101 (a gateway course to the Honors Program) in their first semester at Canisius and can be exempted from a literature seminar.

Honors students who desire credit for study-abroad coursework should see the Honors director before departing and, upon returning, must bring course syllabi, completed papers or other academic work, and a grade transcript to the director. Initial approval of study-abroad courses is contingent upon at least two factors: (a) completion of courses previously approved by the director and (b) receipt of grades of "B" or better in academically rigorous courses. Students are encouraged to communicate their progress and/or concerns to the director via email (

No Honors credit can be granted for the following kinds of coursework or experience:
*Courses designed by college faculty but taught in high schools by high school teachers
*Courses taught by college faculty but transmitted by television into high school classes
*Community college courses
*Regular Canisius College courses instead of Honors courses e.g., ENG 101 instead of HON 101
*Courses taken pass/fail
*International travel