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Dive deeper and go further with the Renée Crown University Honors Program.


The Honors program complements your undergraduate education with an interdisciplinary perspective. You will be part of a select cohort of motivated students brought together with top faculty from across the University’s schools and colleges for small, rigorous classes, social and service activities, and a significant senior project.

Classes & Seminars

Participation in the Honors Program gives you access to small, engaging classes that enrich and expand your academic interests.

The Science of Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks Course Woods Hole

Professor Cathryn Newton

Students in "The Science of Shipwrecks," look at shipwrecks from many time periods—from ancient sites to the 21st century. Through this study students gain mastery of some of the scientific fundamentals of ocean processes and evolving ocean technology. The course includes a field trip to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a major Atlantic oceanographic research center. 

Game Studies in Practice

Professor Chris Hanson

This course investigates the historical, social, political, cultural, and economic contexts of games, and considers the relationship of games to other media forms and texts. In addition to games, this course examines screen-based media texts which explicitly or implicitly engage with the concepts of game studies. 

Aqueducts of Ancient Rome

Aqueducts of Ancient Rome Class Picture

Professor Chris Johnson

In Aqueducts of Ancient Rome, the aqueducts serve as a focal point to learn about life in the Roman Empire. Students learn about the role of public works in sustaining quality of life, how major infrastructure projects like the aqueducts were financed and constructed in ancient times, and how they contributed to the economic and military power of Rome. 

Structures & Innovation

Professor Sinead Mac Namara

From the canal system that made Syracuse an economic gateway for a growing United States, to the Bridges that made New York City a thriving metropolis, engineers and their structures played a significant role in the economic, political, social, and aesthetic development of our urban environment.  In this class, students visit New York City to perform a "structural scavenger hunt" to catalog the works of engineering that sustain the modern city.

Baseball & American Culture

Baseball and American Culture class picture

Professor Rick Burton

Honors students in Baseball & American culture explore the ways that baseball serves as a particularly American cultural marker in the arts, literature, theatre, film, and advertising.

Fat & Feminism

Professor Harriet Brown

This course explores the intersection of body image, weight bias, and misogyny through foundational critical readings on fat and feminism, like Susie Orbach’s Fat Is a Feminist Issue, as well as newer research and writings, analysis, discussion, and and guest lectures by Marilyn Wann and other pioneers in the field.


An Interdisciplinary Perspective.

collaborative capacity

The Honors experience fosters interdisciplinary thinking through classes, community, and by creating spaces that foster curiosity and involvement.  Because we welcome students from all of Syracuse University's undergraduate schools and colleges, we bring together perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and math with creative and professional fields to form an engine of learning that is truly innovative.

Our program requirements reflect our interdisciplinary approach. Rather than just set out requirements for students to meet, we ask:

"what kind of people do we want Honors students to be at graduation?"

We've selected six attributes of the successful Syracuse Honors graduate.  To learn more about our Honors attributes in detail, please visit the curriculum section of our website

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The Honors Capstone project is your chance to shine.

Whether you continue on to graduate school, professional school, or enter the work force, your Capstone is the centerpiece of your professional portfolio, and an in-depth example of your talents.

The Honors program supports you with connections to excellent faculty, personal capstone advising, access to funding and material support for your project, and support processes designed to keep you on track and lay out a clear path forward for your project.


For more about the Honors Capstone project, please visit the Honors Capstone website.

Evangeline Soileau '17

Dinner Parti: Eating in the Public-Private Realm

Haley McDonnell '17

When the Ultimate Goal is Running Yourself Out of Business: The Extent to which For-Profit Strategic Management Tools Apply to the Nonprofit Sector

Christopher Pulliam '17
Arts & Sciences - Political Science, Economics

Public Support for Social Welfare Policy: Factors that Influence Humanitarianism

Eva Boughton '17
Inclusive Education

Self-Identification of Disability and its Impact on Educational Performance

Jessica Toothaker '17
Arts & Sciences - Biology

Oocyte Development and Ovarian Health in an Estrogen-Deficient Mouse Model and the Implications for Female Infertility

Geoffrey Vaartstra '17
Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, Math, Spanish

Hydrophobic/Hydrophilic Nanoscale Patterns for Pool Boiling Enhancement

Farrell Brenner '17
Arts & Sciences - Womens' & Gender Studies, Citizenship & Civic Engagement

The Aryan- and Polish-Passing Women and Girl Couriers of the Jewish Resistance Movements in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Chirag Manohar '17
Visual & Performing Arts - Musical Theatre

Le Diable amoureux: A Dramatic Ballet

Joshua Daghir '17

Total Immersion: Virtual Reality’s Path to Mass Adoption

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