The Lillian Slutzker Honors College at Onondaga provides high-achieving students with an intellectually stimulating and challenging academic experience. The Honors College is divided into two cohorts of students — Lillian Slutzker Honors Scholars and Honors Affiliates.

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Honors Scholars

This experience challenges students to explore the history of ideas through careful analysis of primary source texts in the humanities. By participating in service learning projects, co-curricular programming, and seminar discussions, Honors Scholars will develop critical thinking and writing skills, confront challenging ethical dilemmas, and consider the requirements of global citizenship.

Admission is competitive and limited to 15 entering first-year students. Additionally, admission is only open to students pursuing degrees in the following programs:

Honors Affiliates

Honors Affiliates will pursue honors coursework primarily in the liberal arts and sciences, though they will not complete a core sequence. Honors Affiliates will have the opportunity to take specially designed Honors classes in a variety of disciplines.

The Honors Affiliate cohort is designed for high-achieving students who fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • students who meet the Honors College’s minimum requirements but are not admitted as Honors Scholars
  • students who do not wish to complete the Honors Scholar curriculum
  • students who plan to pursue degrees not open to Honors Scholars

Benefits of joining the Honors College

Both Honors Scholars & Honors Affiliates enjoy these key benefits:

  • Priority class registration
  • Exclusive access to small, Honors-designated course sections taught by instructors with a reputation for teaching excellence
  • Keycard access to the Honors College/Phi Theta Kappa Suite — a space for studying and socializing, the Honors/PTK faculty offices, and access to computers and a printer
  • Dedicated Honors advisors
  • Honors College Graduate designation on your transcript when you complete your degree
  • Transfer agreements with honors programs at four-year institutions

Honors Scholars enjoy these additional benefits:

  • No out-of-pocket tuition cost with timely submission by student of appropriate Financial Aid forms and documents
  • A stipend to assist with the cost of books and other classroom-related fees
  • Cultural events -- plays, concerts, scholarly lectures, trips to historically and culturally significant sites
  • Lillian Slutzker Honors College Scholar on your diploma when you complete the degree and all Honors Scholar requirements.
  • A core curriculum focused on the study of the history of ideas and preparation for transfer to highly selective four-year institutions

Honors Scholars Curriculum

Core Sequence

  • HON 100: Honors First-Year Success
  • HON 101: Honors Humanities I
  • HON 200: Honor Second-Year Success
  • HON 201: Honors Humanities II

12 Additional Honors Credits

  • At least 9 of these credits must be earned from Honors sections of a variety of courses
  • Up to 3 Honors credits may be earned by completing an Honors Contract

Total Honors Credits: 20

Honors Affiliates Curriculum

Honors Courses

  • At least 10 credits must be earned from Honors sections of a variety of courses

At least 3 Additional Honors Credits

  • Up to 3 Honors credits may be earned by completing an Honors Contract
  • In some degree programs, students will be allowed to complete additional Honors Contracts for credit. Honors advisors will inform students if this option is available upon admission to the Honors College.

Total Honors Credits: 13 (minimum)


Honors sections of the following courses have been offered in recent semesters

  • ANT 152: Cultural Anthropology
  • CHE 171: General Chemistry I
  • ENG 224: American Literature II
  • ENG 282: Introduction to Critical Theory
  • HIS 103: History of Western Civilization I
  • HIS 104: History of Western Civilization II
  • HIS 107: Modern American History
  • HON 296: Honors Seminar: Modernism to Post-Modernism
  • HON 296: Honors Seminar: The American Presidency
  • HON 296: Honors Seminar: The Split Rock Disaster
  • LIB 100: The Art of Inquiry
  • MAT 112: Nature of Mathematics
  • PHI 108: Ethics
  • POS 100: American National Politics
  • POS 198: Political Thought
  • PSY 103: General Psychology
  • SOC 103: Introduction to Sociology
  • WMS 101: Introduction to Women/Gender Studies

How to Apply

All applicants must submit the following:

Honors Scholar applicants must complete these additional requirements:

  • Supplemental Honors Scholars applicant questions (found at end of Honors College Application)
  • Finalists will be invited to campus for an interview with members of the Honors College admissions team

Please submit transcript and letters of recommendation by email to honors@sunyocc.edu, by fax to (315) 498-2459, or by mail to:

Lillian Slutzker Honors College
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Coulter Hall 204
Syracuse, NY 13215-4585

The Honors Team

Dr. Chris Thuot

Associate Professor of Political Science
Faculty Chair of the Lillian Slutzker Honors College at Onondaga
M.A., Ph.D. Northern Illinois University
B.A. University of North Carolina Asheville

Jacqueline Barstow

Coordinator of the Lillian Slutzker Honors College at Onondaga
Coordinator of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
M.A. Ball State University
B.A. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale