Honors Programs

The College of Arts & Sciences offers two distinct honors programs for highly motivated and academically promising students: the CAS Honors Community Scholars program, available to first- and second-year students; and the Honors in the Major program, available to third- and fourth-year students.

CAS Honors Community Scholars

Each year, a cohort of first- and second-year students are invited to join the Honors Community Scholars program. If selected, you’ll have access to challenging honors classes, in addition to early course registration.

As an Honors Community Scholar, you’ll also engage in an exciting calendar of academic-focused and community-building events with faculty and peers that encourage learning outside of the classroom. These events include:

  • Access to authors and guest speakers
  • Social outings, including trips to theaters and local landmarks
  • Networking and career development opportunities
  • Peer and alumni mentorship
  • High-impact service projects
  • Leadership opportunities through the Honors Council and Honors Ambassador program
  • Travel opportunities to present research at regional and national conferences
  • Participating in the Honors Living Learning Community
  • Special advising for scholarships such as Fulbright, Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, and Goldwater, among others

Upon successfully completing the Honors Community Scholars program, students will receive recognition at graduation in the Commencement program, an honors pin, and a special notation on their official Suffolk transcript.

View the CAS Honors Community Scholars Requirements

Honors in the Major

Students admitted to the highly selective Honors in the Major program will engage in experiential learning opportunities during their junior year and complete a signature project over the course of their senior year.

As juniors, students will participate in a collaborative, interdisciplinary course with a cohort of cross-discipline peers and investigate real-world problems facing our global community. As seniors, students will complete a signature project under the mentorship of a departmental faculty member. Through this experience, students will sharpen their skillset as scholars and gain a deeper understanding of their discipline, culminating in a presentation at the Honors in the Major Symposium before graduation.

Honors in the Major students will also enjoy early course registration and special events alongside the Honors Community Scholars. After completing all Honors in the Major program requirements, students will receive a cord to wear at graduation and recognition in the Commencement program, as well as a notation on their official Suffolk transcript.

Students interested in the Honors in the Major program should contact their department chair during the second semester of their sophomore year to learn about the application process and requirements.