Maintaining Honors Status
Requirements for the Honors Program vary slightly depending on what college and major you are pursuing. Arts and Sciences Honors Program Requirements (Includes Psychology, English, History, Biology on the Marion Campus)
For Students entering in 2021 or before: See https://aschonors.osu.edu/honors/contract for the "Legacy General Education Honors Requirements"
For students entering in AU2022 or Later:
To graduate with honors in the Arts and Sciences, students must complete all degree requirements, earn a cumulative GPA of 3.4, complete the Honors Coursework requirements, and complete the Honors Project requirements.
All ASC Honors students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of Honors coursework (Honors or Honors embedded coursework which is designated H or E) or Honors-quality coursework which includes:
- All GE theme courses must be Honors courses (H or E courses) OR Honors-quality courses.
- At least one Honors or Honors-quality course in the Arts and Humanities, one in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and one in the Social and Behavioral Sciences – this requirement can
overlap with other requirements (GE, major, minor) but may not be fulfilled with AP credit.
- Any Honors requirements within your major
All Honors students will design, carry out, and defend a project that is approved by your faculty/departmental Honors advisor and the ASC Honors Committee. An Honors Project is a challenging, original project
completed by a student’s fourth year. While many students complete a classic Honors thesis, the honors project could be a service-learning
project, a research experience, an internship, or a creative arts project. In every case, the student must prepare a proposal that must be
approved by their faculty/department Honors advisor and by the ASC Honors Committee.
To remain in the program and earn Honors in the Arts and Sciences, students must:
- Maintain a 3.4 GPA;
- Meet at least twice per year with their ASC Honors advisor;
- Submit an Honors Project Planning Form at the end of years one
and two (to maintain Honors status);
- Submit an Honors Project Proposal by the end of year three
(approved by department);
- Complete an Honors Project Report by the end of year four or the
semester of graduation (and include it in your ePortfolio as part of
your Reflection bookend); and
- Present their work at the Honors Project Symposium or another
approved forum by the end of year four or the semester of
graduation (thesis defense).
For Psych: https://psychologymajor.osu.edu/curriculum/honors
Dr. Alisa Paulsen
Director of Undergraduate Programs in Psychology Department
3.4 GPA *standard
Psychology GPA requirements is 3.3
Complete Honors Contract and have it accepted by the Psych Department Honors Director
Option of two Gen Ed course tracks
Four Honors Psychology
Courses (2000-5000 level)
Psychology 1100H: Introduction to Psychology
Psychology 2220H: Data Analysis in Psychology
Psychology 3310H: Sensation and Perception
Psychology 3313H: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology 3321H: Quantitative and Statistical Methods in Psychology
Psychology 3325H: Introduction to Social Psychology
Psychology 3331H: Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 3371H: Language and the Mind
Psychology 3550H: Psychology of Childhood
Psychology 3551H: Psychology of Adolescence
Psychology 4508H: Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making
Psychology 5613H: Biological Psychiatry
Psychology Courses (2000-5000 level) plus four hours of research over two
In addition to the basic requirements for the history major, honors students are obliged to complete the following additional requirements.
Honors Contract accepted by History Department Honors advisor and:
- Honors History majors are encouraged to take Honors versions of History
2800 and the two 4000-level seminars A: Skills acquisition (9 credit hours). If
insufficient honors seminars are offered in a given semester, an honors History
major must either (1) take an honors embedded seminar, or (2) request
permission from the department Honors advisor to substitute a non-honors seminar
for an honors seminar.
- Honors students are encouraged to take Honors versions of the other 24
credit hours of other courses required for the major, whenever possible.
Students should only take non-honors 2000 level courses when a topical
equivalent is not available at the 3000-level.
- Honors students are encouraged to take more of the 4000-level Seminars
than the two required for the major.
- Advanced ability in foreign languages is important for all Honors
students choosing the History Major. Every honors student choosing the History
Major is encouraged to develop proficiency (meaning the ability to read
newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and novels) in at least one foreign
- Senior honors thesis: Honors students wishing to graduate “With Honors
Research Distinction” are required to write a senior honors thesis. In
preparation, they are encouraged to use the coursework from a 4000-level
seminar as the foundation for the thesis.
- All history honors majors complete a major of at least 39 credit hours.
Students completing a thesis and earning a degree "With Honors Research
Distinction" may use the 6-9 credit hours earned in History 4999H toward
the 39 credit hour minimum.
Advisor contacts in Columbus: Maria Mazon.1 or Ray Irwin.8
Use courses from the Arts and Sciences GE sheet
Complete Arts and Sciences Honors with a contract
HONORS STUDENTS: ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
English majors who are members of the ASC Honors Program will complete all 13 course requirements (39 hours) as required by the English major program; however, at least 3 of these 13 courses must come from the following list of 4000-level
English honors seminars:
· 4578H Special Topics in Film
· 4590.04H Romanticism
· 4590.08H U.S. and Colonial Lit
· 4590.01H The Middle Ages
· 4590.05H The Later 19th Century
· 4590.09 Topics in Lit & Literary Interpretation
· 4590.02H The Renaissance
· 4590.06H The Modern Period
· 4591.01H Topics in the Study of Creative Writing
· 4590.03H The Long 18th Century
· 4590.07H Lit in English After 1945
· 4591.02H Topics in the Study of Rhetoric
HOW TO GRADUATE WITH RESEARCH DISTINCTION IN ENGLISH
Students planning to pursue research distinction in English will complete at least 4 credit hours of English 4999 (4999H for honors students), the course number assigned for work on undergraduate theses, in addition to the 39 hours required for the major. To graduate with research distinction in English students must meet the following requirements at the time of their graduation:
- have completed 60 graded hours at Ohio State,
- have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (note: the GPA
requirement for honors students is 3.4), and have successfully defended their
thesis during an oral examination.
- Information about the thesis process and requirements can be found at http://ascadvising.osu.edu/node/192.
- Honors students should consult the information and requirements available at http://aschonors.osu.edu/honors/research-thesis.
- All English majors are encouraged to consider completing a thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor(s).
- Thesis projects may involve the drafting of a scholarly research paper; the production of a novel, set of short stories, or collection of poems; the analysis of narratives and/or other qualitative data collected from a particular cultural or regional community; and/or the creation
of a digital media artifact. Students are encouraged to talk with members of the English faculty and their English Undergraduate Advisors, as early as possible in their undergraduate careers, if they are interested in developing a thesis project or would like more information about the thesis process and requirements.
Katie Stanutz.email@example.com English Advisor in Columbus for Honors
Honors Biology and CLSE Major Advising
Faculty advisors for Honors biology students will be appointed soon.
Please address general questions about the ASC Honors
program to the ASC Honors Office (call 614-292-5104 for an appointment).
Specific questions about Honors contracts and the biology major or minor may be
directed to Dr. Caroline Breitenberger (Breitenberger.firstname.lastname@example.org;
Gen Ed courses from suggested Honors list provided by ASC
An Honors Contract accepted by the department
Honors in Engineering
The University Honors Program at Ohio State is designed to meet the needs of students with superior academic ability and to promote scholarly development throughout their college careers. By challenging themselves with advanced levels of study and enrichment programs, Honors students can optimize the use of their creative abilities and develop a sustaining interest in advanced education and research.
The College of Engineering offers Honors students several ways through which they can distinguish themselves, including designation as an Honors student, Graduation With Honors in Engineering, undergraduate research, and Graduation With Distinction. Students must meet eligibility and requirements to be considered for graduation with honors distinction.
HONORING SUPERIOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
As an undergraduate honors student at the College of Social Work, you have the opportunity to graduate with Honors Research Distinction. View our 2017 Honors Students’ Thesis Presentation Titles.
The honors program is available to a small group of outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through superior academic performance. The program provides you the opportunity to engage in one-on-one research work with a faculty advisor to write a thesis reflecting your area of interest. The basic requirements are as follows:
- Achieve a grade point average of at least 3.4 for admission to the honors program.
- Complete a minimum of three honors-level General Education courses during the pre-major curriculum.
- Enroll and earn credit in the necessary pre-major honors courses in order to be considered for honors status.
- Complete three honors research courses (Social Work 3401E, 3402E & 4996H) and 10 credits of thesis work (Social Work 4999H) during the major curriculum.
- Maintain a 3.4 GPA in all College and University coursework to maintain honors status.
- Successfully complete a thesis in order to graduate with Honors Research Distinction.
- If you are interested in the honors program, please contact Andréa Severson (email@example.com), Academic Advisor, 306C Stillman Hall, 614-292-7488
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It begins the first semester of the first year, and extends through graduation and beyond. The Fisher Honors Program provides a unique experience for the highest-achieving students in our college.
Honors students have the option of applying for and participating in one of four Honors programs or an Honors Research Distinction project that each provides the opportunity to graduate with a diploma designation. Students apply for one of the four programs January of their second year or the honors research distinction end of their third year. The programs are designed to provide a range of experiences from which to choose.
The honors program is available to a small group of outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through superior academic performance.
The basic requirements are as follows:
- Minimum 3.4 GPA for admission;
- must maintain a 3.4 GPA in all college and university coursework to maintain honors status
- Complete six honors-level GE courses within the first two years of coursework
- Enroll and earn credit in the necessary pre-major honors courses in order to be considered for honors status
- Must complete the program in Columbus: Autumn 3401H and Spring 3402H and 4996H – all courses are one-day a week classes held on the Columbus campus
As an undergraduate honors student in the College of Social Work, you have the opportunity to graduate with Honors Research Distinction
The aforementioned requirements still apply:
- Complete three honors research courses and 10 credits of thesis work during the major curriculum
- Successfully complete a thesis in order to graduate with Honors Research Distinction
For additional details, contact Andréa Severson: firstname.lastname@example.org (614) 292-7488
Mandatory Participation in the Honors Core Seminar
In Spring 2020, there are two Honors Seminars (ASC 1102H)
The Art and Science of Remembering taught by Dr. Nikole Patson (Psychology) and Dr. Ben McCorkle (English).
Singing, Dancing, and Debating: Exploring Contested Visions of the Family in the Modern American Musical taught by Dr. Katie Braun (English) and Dr. Margaret Sumner (History).
In Spring 2019, the Core Honors Seminar (ASC 1102H) is Game Theory: Cooperation and Competition and is taught by Dr. Chris Daddis (Psychology) and Dr. John Maharry (Mathematics).
In Spring 2018, the theme of the Core Honors Seminar (ASC 1102H) is Eat, Drink and Be Merry: The History and Meaning of American Consumption and will be taught by Dr. Marianna Klochko (Sociology) and Dr. Margaret Sumner (History).
SENIOR HONORS THESIS
On the Marion campus, honors students are expected to complete a Senior Honors Thesis. When completing the thesis, students work closely with a faculty member to complete an independent research project that allows the student to graduate “with honors distinction in [major field].” Because Honors requirements differ among colleges and departments, students work with their faculty advisor in their major to design their Honors program. During their junior year, students should begin to engage in faculty research labs to identify potential topics and mentors. To complete the senior honors thesis, students will complete a minimum of 4 semester credit hours of 4999H research credit in the relevant discipline. This usually starts in the spring of junior year.