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


  • 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.

Honors Option Points (HOPs)

Choose your own developmental pathway by completing at least six HOPs total, of these six at least one point must be in three of these four categories.

  • Honors academic work: Take another honors class, or add a double major.
  • Honors experiential engagement: Study abroad, do community service, or complete an internship.
  • Honors research/creativity: Join a faculty research project, present your scholarship at a conference, or exhibit your creative work.
  • Honors community contributions: Contribute to the art and culture of Suffolk through tutoring, clubs, sports, and performing arts.


  • Each department has a designated Honors Coordinator, a faculty member who advises honors students in that major.
  • Comprising faculty and administrators, the Honors Faculty Advisory Committee develops honors programming and works closely with the student Honors Council.

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. 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 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.

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.

CAS H101 Honors Strategies for Success

All CAS freshmen are required to take this class. Special honors sections allow you to start building community and cohesion with your honors peers right away.

  • CAS-H101 Honors Strategies of Success


    CAS Honors students only. SBS students by special permission.




    CAS H101 is a one-credit course with no prerequisites that meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. This course will also give you opportunities to connect with the honors community, both on and off-campus. CAS H101 is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments, you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as an honors student. You will improve your self-presentation and oral communications skills by presenting speeches and experiencing poster presentations.