Honors Forum

Citizenship Project

The Honors Forum holds that all Honors students should use their talents to contribute to campus and/or community life. A Citizenship Project will give you the opportunity to develop a creative endeavor outside of the classroom or as an extension of a classroom experience. We define community broadly to include the Skidmore College community, the Saratoga Springs community, and the global community. Your project should be both process- and product- oriented, as well as intellectually rigorous; it will require initiative, planning, organization, leadership, and personal reflection. The Citizenship Project should stretch you creatively and intellectually beyond the scope of a normal academic or extracurricular undertaking; you can use this opportunity to pursue your interests and passions.

Citizenship Project Examples (click here)

Requirements for completing your Citizenship Project:

Project Report Things to consider when designing your project
  1. Community Involvement. Your project must benefit a group or community, inside or outside Skidmore College. Any events or services you offer must be not-for-profit. What does your project benefit? Why is this an important addition to the Skidmore, Saratoga Springs, or global community?
  2. Intellectual Rigor. Your project should challenge you to reflect, think critically, and demonstrate initiative; you will also want to challenge or inspire the intended audience. Is the community need defined with reference to academic scholarship? Are you demonstrating an academic understanding of the issue? Do you provide any research evidence that supports this kind of project? Is there evidence that this approach will be effective?
  3. Hours. Your project should involve at least 15 hours of work, including planning, preparation, and execution. The time to write your proposal and project report is not included in the 15 hours.
  4. Clubs and Organizations. You may use a student club or organization as a platform from which to launch your project, but you must extend your endeavors beyond the normal duties of a member. Simply acting as a club officer or an SGA senator, for example, will not suffice.
  5. Group Projects. Consider a project that involves working with one or more fellow HF members. Such projects often prove to be the most fun and fruitful. The Honors Council can help you find like-minded students, if you wish.
  6. Academic Credit. Though your project cannot receive academic credit, it may relate to a course. In fact, expanding upon coursework may help you get the most out of the experience.
  7. Financial Support. Should your project require a budget, you can apply to the Dean of Studies for Student Opportunity Funds. The Honors Forum has limited funds available to students completing Citizenship Projects, but funding is not automatic; you can apply for funding when you submit your proposal (with this form).