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Interdisciplinary Seminars

The core of the Honors College curriculum is a set of five seminar-based courses. These courses emphasize the development of skills in critical reading, writing, and analysis. The first two courses, HON 105 and HON 106 are taken during the freshman year. The remaining three courses, HON 201, 301, and 401, are taken during the three subsequent years.

HON 105
HON 106
HON 201
HON 301
HON 401


F irst semester freshmen Honors College students are required to take HON 101 (Introduction to Stony Brook), a 1 credit mini-course intended to integrate students into both the Honors College and the University community by providing information about Stony Brook and a forum for discussion of values, intellectual and social development, and personal as well as institutional expectations.  In addition to HON 101, all  Honors College students are required to take three 1 credit mini-courses. With small enrollments (averaging 15 or 16), these special topics mini-courses allow students to explore a wide range of topics they might otherwise never have the opportunity to pursue, while getting to work in small groups with faculty and their Honors College classmates. The offerings constantly change, with eight options available to choose from in any given semester. Students are encouraged to use the mini-courses as an opportunity to branch out and experiment with disciplines and topics well outside of their primary academic interests. Past topics:  Infectious Diseases; Positive Psychology; Musical Theater; Semiotics and Comics; Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Color in Art and Technology.

Senior Honors Project

The culmination of the Honors College curriculum is a two-semester, six credit, research or creative project.  This research project is done under the supervision of a faculty member. Students generally register for HON 495-496, but with the approval of the Honors College, students may substitute for an appropriate, credit bearing departmental honors project. Senior theses represent a wide variety of academic disciplines from liberal arts and humanities to biochemistry and physics with titles such as, Occupy Central- Hong Kong Protest and C1q, gC1qr Fibrinogen, Vitronectin and Staphylococcus Aureaus Protein A.