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Honors Program

The RIT Honors Program helps to enrich your academic endeavors, further your personal growth through leadership, promote service in the community, provide for a heightened sense of fellowship, and help develop lifelong relationships and talents. Honors students have access to special courses, seminars, projects and advising. You participate in Honors general education curriculum that brings together students from colleges across the university. Students draw from a substantial menu of extracurricular opportunities to fashion individual plans for learning outside the classroom.

About the Honors Program

Saunders College collaborates with the Kate Gleason College of Engineering on a program exclusively for Honors business and engineering students. The program allows you to engage with engineering students to better understand “Product and Service Innovation for a Global Economy.” The goal of the program is to provide you with an appreciation of the product and service development cycle, from concept to realization. The program addresses how goods and services are conceived, how product concepts are refined and then produced for the marketplace, and the special challenges of developing and marketing products and processes for a global marketplace.

The program is run as a seminar series in which students take three, one-credit courses in consecutive terms, beginning in the spring of freshman year, to learn about the product development cycle. The highlight of the program is for you to participate in at least one trip to a region of the country to see first-hand how companies, large and small, address product and service development for the domestic and the global marketplaces.

Previous trips have included New York City, Seattle, and Silicon Valley, visiting companies such as Bloomberg, Ernst & Young, Amazon, Constellation Brands, Google, IDEO, and PwC. Visit the Saunders Global Blog to learn more about recent trips and the current membership.