Commonwealth Honors Program

The Commonwealth Honors Program fulfills Salem State's commitment to provide a stimulating academic environment that offers a high quality education at an affordable cost. It's designed to offer a more challenging curriculum to students whose abilities and previous performance are demonstrably higher than the norm. All majors are eligible to participate in honors. The program enables motivated and talented students to work with our most accomplished and enthusiastic faculty.

Honors courses are qualitatively different in design and content, and smaller class size allows greater interaction. A seminar format is used in most honors courses, giving students the opportunity for independent research, class presentations, and the chance to learn from one another. Field trips and visiting scholar sessions add to a rich academic experience. Students are encouraged to think independently and creatively, and complete a senior honors project, typically a capstone experience that stands as an education high-water mark.

Honors Center, Sullivan Building 117
Phone: 978.542.6247 

You're invited!

Honors Alumni Pre-Convocation Meet-Up, Tavern, Hawthorne Hotel
April 23, 6 – 7 pm
Honors Convocation, Ballroom, Hawthorne Hotel
April 23, 7 – 8:30 pm
Please join us in toasting Rod Kessler on his retirement and catch up with your classmates and honors professors.

To RSVP please send an email to or call 978-542-6247.

To donate to the Honors Program Fund in honor of Rod, please visit,
Honors Giving Page