The Honors Program

Message from the Director


I want to welcome you to the Honors Program! Our program offers a unique learning environment for students across our campus. With over 300 honors students, who major in every degree program the university offers, the Honors Program at Fredonia provides a variety of opportunities for collaboration, connection, and learning within and beyond the classroom. We are a community of learners. And with each new first-year class, the honors program only grows stronger, making it one of the most exciting and academically rewarding programs at Fredonia.

Dr. David Kinkela

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The Honors Program at Fredonia supports academic excellence through innovative teaching and collaborative learning within and beyond the classroom. 


The honors program challenges and supports student learning through a series of specially designed seminars. Each seminar offers a unique educational experience, enabling students to work with some of the finest faculty members on campus in a small class setting. Honors students take four seminars, ideally within their freshman and sophomore years, which fulfill part of the university’s general education requirements. Students are also encouraged to participate in the honors colloquium and to take part in the many organized learning experiences outside of the classroom. Students who complete the program requirements will graduate with Honors in Liberal Education.

The program is compatible with any college major. Each honors seminar fulfills a general education requirement and substitutes for an ordinary general education course. Students must maintain at least an overall 3.3 GPA to remain in good standing in the program.

Learning Objectives and Requirements

Honors students will:

  • Explore multiple disciplinary approaches to problem solving
  • Consider the value and purpose of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Become an active participant in the honors community


Honors Program

Thompson Hall, E314
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063