The Integral Honors degree is the highest academic distinction a Le Moyne undergraduate can earn.
Integral Honors graduates, Class of 2013
The Integral Honors Program provides a unique educational opportunity for exceptional students to pursue advanced learning. The interdisciplinary, team-taught honors courses foster critical thought and encourage creative synthesis of ideas from many disciplines and many eras. Coursework that is focused largely within the humanities (and meets Core Curriculum requirements) explores the human experience in the context of history, stressing the development of civilizations and the connections and interrelationships that have molded our world. Integral Honors students make their own contribution to knowledge in their senior thesis research project, the culmination of their education in the Integral Honors Program. The goal of the program is to graduate students not only with the highest degree Le Moyne College offers but also with a love of learning and an exceptional foundation of understanding from which to continue a lifelong journey of exploration.
Dr. Elizabeth Hayes, Director
Honors Penthouse, 501 Grewen Hall
Open to all majors
Students of all majors are invited to join the Integral Honors Program in the fall of their first year at the College, and the students in each Honors class move through the program together for the next four years.
Many intellectual and social activities
- The Honors Penthouse is available to students 24/7 as a quiet place to study or write papers or hold meetings as well as for movie nights, parties, socializing, and just relaxing.
- The Honors Program sponsors a variety of lectures, films, and programs on campus, as well as off-campus trips to plays, operas, symphony concerts, museums, and scholarly conferences.
Honors students are welcome to suggest and organize additional scholarly and social activities!
Travel opportunities at home and abroad
- Overnight class trips have included participation in a 3-day Honors conference in Annapolis, MD; trips to the Stratford (Canada) Shakespeare Festival; to art galleries, the Natural History Museum, and a Broadway play in New York City; to the United Nations and the NY Stock Exchange; and to the Holocaust Museum, Mount Vernon, and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
- Every other year, HON 320, The World of the Other, takes Honors students to Guatemala for 3 weeks for an extended May-mester.
- In alternate years, HON 321, Regions and Cultures of Europe, will study in Sicily for 2 weeks during J-mester.
Honors Convocation 2013
Christina Huff, winner of the 2013 James C. Finlay Award for Outstanding Integral Honors Thesis, earned B.A.s in English and Theatre Arts while participating in Le Moyne's dance program.
"... My Honors thesis is a literary analysis of the influence of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress on Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, which novel I then adapted and choreographed into a half-hour ballet, performed at the PAC the beginning of this semester. This interdisciplinary project combined elements of literature, religion, theatre, and dance, among other disciplines. That it was possible at all speaks volumes for the focus on, and support for, innovation and creativity at Le Moyne College. ... I began to reflect on some of the reasons we ARE lucky to have spent the last four years at Le Moyne. ..." Read Christina's address here.
For information about major requirements and course descriptions, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.
For information about the Core Curriculum, please visit the Core webpage.
For information about study abroad and internship opportunities, please visit the Career Advising and Development webpage.
For information about student research opportunities at Le Moyne and the annual Student Scholars Day, please visit the Student Research webpage.
For information about the Division of Arts & Sciences, please visit the Arts and Sciences homepage.