Taking the Right Courses
In addition, to the minimum GPA requirement, honors students are expected to take an average of three honors courses per year during their first two years (i.e., “Six-course requirement”). The six honors course requirement may be met via one of four options: (1) Mandatory Honors Core Seminar, (2) stand alone honors courses, (3) honors equivalent courses, and (4) honors embedded courses.
Mandatory Honors Core Seminar
All Ohio State Marion honors students are to enroll in the honors seminar ASC 1102H every spring semester. This course is a 1 credit course taught once a week during the campus common hour (so as to not interfere with other courses). The course content will change every year. Two tenured faculty members from separate disciplines will co-teach the course each year.
Stand-Alone Honors Courses
Most often, these courses are lower level courses that mainly fulfill GECs. Psych 1100H is an example.
Honors equivalent courses:
Honors equivalent courses are those courses that when taken during either the freshman or sophomore year, will count as an honors course when considering the six course requirement. There are no expectations of the professor to provide a different experience for honors and non-honors students within these courses. Any 4000+-level course that is not in your major can count as an honors course.
Honors embedded courses:
In an embedded honors course, honors students take a regular course with non-honors students, but have extended interaction with the professor beyond the regular class meetings. The goals of an embedded course are twofold: (1) increase interaction with faculty member and (2) go into more depth – that is, not just more material, but more depth to the regularly covered material. Offering your course as an embedded honors course is at the professor’s discretion. Please note that only tenure-track faculty can offer the Honors-embedded option. They will be listed as assistant professors, associate professors, or professors.