Academics & Advising

As an honors student, you will join a select group of talented, highly motivated students. Part of your experience will include special academic opportunities and advising just for honors students.


Get Priority Course Registration

Choose the best classes and professors before everyone else. Take special courses open only to honors students to fulfill major or general education requirements.

Choose Your Own Developmental Pathway 

Honors Contracts

Work with a faculty mentor to design a unique project to take any class to the honors level

Honors Option Points (HOPs)

After you have completed a total of four honors courses (3-4 credits each), you can opt to substitute co-curricular learning experiences for up to three of your remaining honors courses. Earn honors credit for experiences such as presenting your research at a conference, exhibiting your creative work, serving as a tutor or teaching assistant, or completing community service.

    Senior Honors Experience

    In your senior year, you will have the option to create an honors portfolio suitable for sharing with graduate schools or prospective employers or to delve into a topic of personal or professional interest through the honors senior project in your major. You might write an original play, do fieldwork in a foreign country, or conduct research alongside a Suffolk professor. Past projects have included:

    • Comedy in Crisis: Is the use of sensitive material in comedy acceptable? Erika is tracking how TV shows and online satirical publications use their jokes and storylines as a response to crisis.
    • Princess Problem: Kayleigh is conducting a study on how the Disney princess ideal affects young girls, comparing older Disney films to their latest box office success, Frozen.
    • Social Sharing: Inspired by the rapid sharing of information via social media in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Brian is investigating whether social media is a valid source of information in times of crisis.
    • Solving a Mystery: Charles Dickens’ final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was unfinished at the time of his death. Cory is deciphering clues in the text to predict an ending to the tale.
    • What’s Your IQ?: Valerie is exploring the history of intelligence testing and its implications for students and society.

    Suffolk Law Scholars

    If you are interested in law or policy, you may apply to begin your first year with provisional acceptance to the Suffolk Law School upon completion of your honors degree. Students in this program enjoy special programming and advising.

    First-Year Seminar

    All CAS first-year students are required to take this seminar. Special honors sections allow you to start building community and cohesion with your honors peers right away.


    Each department has a designated faculty member who advises honors students in that major.

    The Honors Faculty Advisory Committee, comprising of faculty and administrators, develops honors curriculum and programming and works closely with the student Honors Council.

    External Fellowships & Scholarships

    Are you interested in earning a prestigious fellowship or scholarship for summer study, a post-graduate project, or funding for graduate school? Learn more on the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center website.