ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

ACADEMIC POLICIES

Dean's Honor List
Students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the Dean's Honor List.

  1. Earn a minimum term GPA of 3.5.
  2. Must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of letter grade work (i.e., A, B, C, or D). Grades of S and P are not considered. Students are ineligible for the Dean's Honor List if they have an incomplete grade or grades of I, N, X, or U in a course for that semester.
  3. All courses must be taken at Buffalo State.

Part-Time Dean's List
Part-time, matriculated students (students carrying less than a 12-credit-hour courseload per semester) may be considered for Part-Time Dean's List only after successfully completing 12 credit hours of letter grade work (A-E) at Buffalo State. The Dean's List designation will be determined once a year at the end of the spring semester for courses taken during that semester and the preceding fall semester.

Eligibility also requires:

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.5 for coursework taken in that academic year.
  2. No grades of I, N, X or U in a course during that year.

Baccalaureate Academic Honors/Gold Honors Cord
An honors citation is given to graduating students who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all work completed. Students with a cumulative average of 3.8 to 4.0 will be designated summa cum laude; 3.65 to 3.79 magna cum laude; and 3.5 to 3.64 cum laude. To be considered for an honors citation, a student must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours at Buffalo State. No students with outstanding grades of I, U, X, or N may be considered for honors.

Degree candidates with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who have completed or have in progress 54 credit hours at Buffalo State may be eligible for academic honors. These students are invited to wear a gold cord at commencement to signify their academic achievement, and they are recognized in the commencement program. They will be notified by Academic Affairs separately from the Commencement Information Brochure, which is sent to degree candidates'; homes in March. They also will be on a list at Commencement Headquarters where caps, gowns, and honors cords are purchased.

All College Honors Program
The All College Honors Program addresses the needs of academically gifted students. Open to a select number of incoming freshman and transfer students, the All College Honors Program requires students to earn honors credits across disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, math/science, and applied science and technology. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 to remain in the program.

Students interested in this program should contact the Admissions Office at (716) 878-5713.

Honors in Majors
Many departments have programs leading to baccalaureate degrees with honors. Generally, these departments require special criteria for admission to the departmental major and 6 credit hours of predetermined honors work to earn the distinction.

Students interested in departmental honors programs should contact the department of their choice. At the time of printing, the following majors can be pursued as baccalaureate degrees with honors: anthropology, biology, earth sciences, economics B.A., geology, history, philosophy, psychology B.A., psychology B.S., social studies education (7-12), and the arts.

Honors Convocation
This recognition of academic excellence is held each spring semester. Students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 after earning 45 credit hours are invited to attend the Honors Convocation with family members and a faculty guest. Transfer students are eligible after completing 30 credit hours at Buffalo State.