Life of an Honors Student
In the Classroom
Students who enroll in the All-College Honors Program are immediately welcomed into one of the most tight-knit communities on the Canisius campus. With a student population that comprises 10 percent of the College, this selective group of academic high-achievers has access to exclusive learning experiences. Honors courses feature smaller class sizes that are capped at twenty students to foster deeper relationships and to ensure more individualized attention between students and professors. A staple of the Honors Program, its classes are usually structured in a seminar-style setting to encourage participation and create thought-provoking, meaningful discussion in the classroom.
Travel and Learn – New Orleans, LA
In addition to stimulating classes, the All-College Honors Program offers students immersive learning opportunities to explore the world around them. In the fall semester of 2018, ten students from Dr. Bruce Dierenfield’s Honors course—“Plantations, Ghettos, Prisons: The Black Experience in America”—traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, for a three-day excursion. This new course was created to help students understand the enduring stain of racism through the lens of history. Students toured several former slave plantations, visited the nation’s largest maximum-security prison at Angola, enjoyed a swamp boat tour of a Louisiana bayou, and sampled jambalaya and other Deep South cuisine at authentic eateries.
Travel and Learn – Boston, MA
In the spring semester of 2019, the Honors Student Association (HSA) arranged for fifteen Honors students to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, for a three-day immersive excursion. Trip members volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank, rode an amphibious duck boat that went in-and-out of the Boston waterfront, visited historic landmarks like Faneuil Hall and Fenway Park, walked the iconic 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, and enjoyed delicious seafood at the famous Quincy Market.
Each year, the All-College Honors Program sponsors an end-of-the-year banquet held at downtown Buffalo’s historic “Hotel at the Lafayette.” The event is a perfect way to celebrate the achievements of Honors students over the course of the academic year. The Honors director annually distributes awards for outstanding academic accomplishment and service to the program. This past spring, the banquet featured live entertainment from the CrescenDON’T’s, a Canisius a cappella singing group, a keynote address by Honors alumnus and Canisius High School director of Ignatian formation Paul Cumbo, mouth-watering food catered by the Pearl Street Grill, and various gift cards and prizes raffled off for all attendees. A grand time was had by all.