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.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Heart Rate Variability As A Measure Of Cardiovascular Health In Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury, Olivia Ademi

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Easing the Emotional Burden of Families When a Child Has Cancer: The Application of Evidence to Nursing Practice, Mary Aliberti

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An Objective Look Into The Directing Process, Sarah Belley

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Comparing Generational Portrayal in the Holocaust Graphic Novel Memoir, Jillian Bowden

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Polycaprolactone And Its Use As A Biodegradable Trash Bag, Paige Canale

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Here Comes The Sun, Gianna Caprio

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Learning Through Play in the Elementary Classroom, Eleanor Ciman and Eleanor Ofiesh

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Race Representation and the Translation from Text to Screen: A Critical Analysis of Cloud Atlas, Nicole Coates

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Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Reduction: Using Evidence to Inform Practice, Christoper Cohen

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Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries: Challenges in Providing Effective Patient Care and Importance of Proper Family Support, Kaitlyn Conners

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Remembering Voices, Annabelle Dionne

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Confidence Levels of SSU Education Students in Writing Assessments, Alyssa Ekstrom

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Climate-Induced Migration from Central America, Molly Finch

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Ebony Eyes, Christina Gelin

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La Importancia De Usar Literatura Auténtica En La Escuela Primaria Para Los Latinx, Ariana Gelvez

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College Major and the Gender Pay Gap, Isabella Gentile

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Minimizing The Risk Of Orthopedic Surgical Site Infections In The Pediatric Population: Using Evidence To Inform Practice, Alaina Gridley

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The Significance Of The Microbiome: It's Role In Infant Development And Long-Term Health, Lariza Haro

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Lasting Psychological Effects On Survivors Of Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse And The Available Resources And Interventions In Massachusetts, Adrianna Hartman

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Two Minutes Too Long: The Importance of Absurdist Theater, Emily Henry

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A Green Future In The desert: A Navajo Energy Transformation, Alice Hurst-McDonald

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What is Missing Here? The Absence of a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Salem State University’s Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Program, Julia Morin

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Pisces, Kaitlyn Munsell

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Accessibility Of Social Service Agencies For Clients With Limited English Proficiency, Suzanne Musema

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Raising The Voices Of Sex Workers, Michaela Normand