Ethics & Leadership Development

The mission of the Honors Program is the develop scholars, leaders, and global citizens. The program places a special emphasis on ethics and leadership development. Every semester the program offers seminars on ethics and leadership. For example, in recent semesters Honors students have taken seminars in “Civic Engagement and Leadership,” “Ethics of Food,” “Ethics and Professional Decision Making,” and “A Gift of Fire: Ethics and Technology.” These seminars provide students with the opportunity to learn about ethics and leadership, as well as apply their knowledge to specific academic disciplines and professional fields.

The Honors Program also organizes extra-curricular opportunities for students to build and develop ethical and leadership skills. In the fall, the Honors Program hosts its Fall Leadership Lecture. This lecture brings both scholars and industry leaders to campus to discuss leadership with Honors students. The Fall Leadership Lecture is co-sponsored with the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development at Marist.

The Honors Program also hosts a spring Ethical Leadership Case Study Competition. This competition brings together students from all majors into teams to present an analysis of an ethical leadership case study.

Recently, students have completed Honors by Contract and Thesis Projects that explore topics in leadership studies. For example, Kathryn Eldridge completed her Honors senior thesis project, “Fiscally Responsible Debt Practices in Municipal Government: The Role of Leadership,” with President Emeritus Dr. Dennis J. Murray. Ashley Liso wrote her thesis “Relationships: The Key to Understanding and Implementing Ethical Leadership” with Dr. Melinda Weisberg (Management). In addition, recently Tadd Bindas (Computer Science) did his Honors by Contract with Leslie Foxhall from the Rich Institute.