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 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.

Honors Coursework

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

Honors Project

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:

  1. Maintain a 3.4 GPA;
  2. Meet at least twice per year with their ASC Honors advisor;
  3. Submit an Honors Project Planning Form at the end of years one
    and two (to maintain Honors status);
  4. Submit an Honors Project Proposal by the end of year three
    (approved by department);
  5. 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
  6. 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).

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.