Civic Learning & Leadership
Students on the Clearwater

The Honors Program contributes to the development of the students' abilities to lead, promote, and actively participate in civic learning projects that effect positive change, and to be effective team members.

Honors students are preparing to become leaders in their social and professional communities. Honors students take an honors seminar with an emphasis on civic and service learning. This seminar includes traditional academic content, but in addition students actively work collectively and creatively on problems and their solutions. For example, every semester the Honors Program offers "Ethics of Food," taught by Dr. Joseph Campisi. The course asks important questions about the consumption, production, and distribution of food. Students join Dr. Campisi at a variety of relevant locations in the Hudson Valley. A story about the course can be found here.

In addition to the civic and service learning seminar, the honors program creates an environment on Marist’s campus in which honors students emerge as leaders. The Honors Program has a mentor program for first year students. In addition, the honors program hosts an annual lecture with a prominent academic figure in leadership studies, and an annual leadership case study competition. On November 10th Prof. James Honan of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the Kennedy School of Government will deliver the fall leadership lecture. In addition, the Honors Program runs a monthly leadership lunch to meet informally with a campus leader.