First-Year Students

First-year students will take the Honors Colloquium (HON 102), a one-credit, required spring semester course that provides first-year Honors scholars an opportunity to explore the city of Buffalo through research, community engagement and group projects. Upper-class Honors College teaching assistants lead small class sections in which students focus on an area of the city; interact with local leaders and community members; and reflect on both the challenges and opportunities facing the university, the city and the region. Because these are small classes (typically with fewer than 25 students per class), they also give you more opportunities to get to know your Honors classmates.

Earn Up to Two Honors Experiences Credits

The Honors Colloquium counts as one credit toward Honors Experiences credits. You can also earn an additional one credit by completing a digital badge. Ask your advisor for details, and see the Honors Experiences page to learn more.

Students Joining Honors College After Your First Year

Transfer students and UB students who join the Honors College after their first year will take the Honors Colloquium HON 250; Singapore students will take the SIM-UB Honors Colloquium HON 255.

These one-credit, pass/fail courses are an introduction to the opportunities provided by membership of the University Honors College. Meeting once a week for 50 minutes, the course covers topics such as research opportunities; fellowship and scholarship opportunities; study abroad; interviewing techniques; and writing a personal statement. The course aims to support you in the successful completion of the program, as well as cultivate a sense of community among you and your peers.