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    The Russell Sage College Honors Program offers highly motivated undergraduates an innovative, rigorous and participatory educational experience. The program challenges students to be engaged contributors and leaders within the academic community. A member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the RSC Honors Program is designed to:

    • Enrich any course of study at Sage.
    • Deliver Honors coursework in a variety of pedagogical modes to foster intellectual and creative risk-taking, the examination of diverse knowledge and trans-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving and research.
    • Provide Honors-related academic advising from the Honors directors, faculty and directors of Academic Advising.
    • Promote engaged scholarship and leadership on local and global levels through conference participation, service learning and study abroad.
    • Deepen the intellectual community at Sage through Honors-sponsored lectures, colloquia and other events.

    “The program is not just a set of requirements. It’s also a community — and the Honors students find their people in that community.”

    Tonya Moutray, Ph.D.
    Professor of English and Honors Program Director


    • Exciting, unique Honors courses that aren’t just harder. You’ll challenge your creativity and intellect in new ways and from new perspectives to form deeper connections by working closely with experienced faculty.
    • Access to special Honors Program lounge, events, speakers, trips and cultural events.
    • Opportunities for special research and presentations, including possible travel to regional and national conferences like the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference or the Northeast Regional Honors Conference.
    • Smaller class sizes in most Honors courses give you more personalized attention for in-depth discussion with faculty and like-minded students.
    • Priority registration in Honors Seminars. (Non-Honors students who wish to enroll in an Honors course must carry a minimum G.P.A. of 3.000 and obtain the permission of the Honors director.)
    • An Honors degree can significantly enhance your resume or application to graduate school.
    • Additional academic support and advising from the Honors director and other Honors students.
    • A supportive cohort of similarly ambitious, academically minded students.
    • Access to the network of Sage Honors Alumni to help with internship, graduate school and job placement.


    • 15 credits of Honors Coursework / 12 credits for transfer students. Honors coursework includes an Honors First-Year Experience Course Seminar, Honors Seminars, Oxford-Style Tutorials, study abroad or program-based Honors projects. Students are highly encouraged to take additional Honors coursework to enhance their Honors experience.
    • Presentation of research or creative work at a regional, national or international conference or appropriate community venue.
    • Demonstration of “engaged scholarship” through participation, leadership and service. Can include active participation and leadership in Honors Societies, student governance, service learning and events that promote the cultural and intellectual enrichment of the local community.
    • Maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.400.

    Recent Honors Courses

    Oxford-Style Tutorials: 
    HST 348: Socialisms
    THR 348: The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway
    HUM 348: Exploring the Absurd
    MUS 348: Rogers and Hammerstein
    ENG 348: Beyond Downton Abbey: The Country Estate in Film and Lit
    SCI 348: The Physics of Musical Instruments

    Honors Seminar Courses
    HST 238: History of Medicine and Healthcare
    ENG/WST 248: Wanderlust Tales
    BIO 248: Plants: Placid and Pernicious
    SOC/WST 248: Votes for Women
    POL 248: Politics in Lit and Film
    ENG 348: Heroes and Quests
    HST 155: Big History
    ENG/NSG/WST 267: Nursing and Literature
    CHM/VPA 248: Science of Art Restoration and Preservation
    ENG 248: The Roaring 20s
    THR 209: History of American Theatre


    For more information about our  Honors Program or to enroll in any of these Honors Courses, contact Dr. Tonya Moutray or Nathanael Green.

    Dr. Tonya Moutray
    Honors Director, Troy Campus
    [email protected]

    Nathanael Green
    Honors Director, Albany Campus
    [email protected]