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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.

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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 Thesis project is your chance to shine.

Whether you continue on to graduate school, professional school, or enter the work force, your Thesis 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 thesis 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 Thesis project, please visit the Honors Thesis website.

2018 Thesis Prize Winners

Best Thesis Project in the Creative Programs

Garet Bleir '18


Human Rights and Environmental Abuses on and Surrounding Indigenous Land in the Grand Canyon Region

Garet’s magazine project, which includes long-form articles with video and photography published in Intercontinental Cry, an indigenous peoples magazine, and Toward Freedom, an analytical news publication, focuses on pending uranium ore extraction just outside Grand Canyon National Park. His work documents the ongoing and emerging efforts by local activists and legislators to safeguard America's most iconic natural landscape and the cultural patrimony of indigenous stakeholders in the region. Recently, the documentary company, DOCUVISTA Filmproduktion has hired Garet as co- producer on a documentary based on this work to be aired on Germany’s national public-service television station.

Best Thesis Project in the Humanities

Tammy Hong '18
History & Art

Mestrovic’s Moses: Public Holocaust History Remembrance in the United States Post-World War II

Tammy’s thesis work began just outside Bowne Hall, the home of the Honors and art history offices; she was inspired by the larger-than-life size Moses relief displayed in the Sculpture Garden. Her curiosity about the relief took her on a journey of archival research to reinterpret a cohesive narrative of the first attempt to create an American monument dedicated to the Holocaust in New York City. Her work reveals how the proposed but unbuilt Jewish Memorial and in particular, Ivan Meštrovic’s Moses, was entangled in a web of bureaucracy and patronage that exposed the challenges of creating a Jewish American identity in post-WWII America.

Best Thesis Project in the Social Sciences

Dana Lechleiter '18

“And Babies”: The History, Politics, and Memory of My Lai, 1968-2018

This project examines the history, politics, and memory of the March 1968 My Lai Massacre. Utilizing a wide range of primary and secondary sources, Dana examines official and popular reactions to the My Lai massacre and its role in the historical memory of the Vietnam War. The passing of the fiftieth anniversary of the massacre has inspired a wave of new works; Dana’s project analyzes how sentiments have changed over the past fifty years, how My Lai is viewed today, and why it is important that this massacre is remembered.

Best Thesis Project in Science & Engineering

Gregory Walsh '18


A Compact Binary Coalescence Search for Gravitational Wave Counterparts to Fast Radio Burst Events

With the recent detection of gravitational waves, astronomy has entered a new age. For hundreds of years, we were limited to our understanding of the astrophysical processes of the universe by what we could observe with light. Greg’s physics work is in the subfield of radio astronomy, using radio waves to study these phenomena. The search for and study of fast radio bursts is one of the newest and most exciting topics in radio astronomy, and Greg’s Capstone presents both a project conducted at the Green Bank Observatory and a separate coincident search for gravitational wave counterparts to fast radio burst events.

Best Thesis Project in Professional Programs

Dina-Marie Weineck '18
Bandier Program, Visual & Performing Arts

Diversification of Orchestras’ Audiences, Musicians, Programming and Revenues: Transforming the Relevancy of German and U.S. Orchestras to their Communities

Dina’s project, based on industry research and interviews with leaders of some of the world’s most renowned orchestras, presents ways orchestras in Germany and the U.S can transform classical music into a vehicle for social improvement through the diversification of audiences, artistic programming, and revenues. Dina’s work urges orchestras to manage their assets around community engagement that will lead to more sustainable funding models that both leverage and move far beyond the preservation of classical music.

2018 Thesis Honorable Mentions

Creative Programs:
Elizabeth Johnson '18

Contemporary Preservation

Zainab Abdali '18
Arts & Sciences - English & Textual Studies

Resisting Borders, Resisting Control: Examining the Multiplicity of Identities in “A Map of Home” and “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf”

Social Science
Caitlin Harrison '18
Arts & Sciences - International Relations

Refugee Acceptance Policies of the United States, Germany, Jordan, and Hungary

Science & Engineering
Kate Lewis '18
Arts & Sciences - Biology

Determining the toxicity of PTE and PXE, two chemicals from Onondaga Lake

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