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Honors Program Curriculum

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Students participating in the program are designated Honors Scholars. Honors Scholars may take one or both of the core Honors courses: HON 101 (Critical Thinking) and HON 201 (Great Readings: Ancient through Middle Ages), and courses designated with an "H" in the section number (e.g., ENG 280-H02). Classes are small, interactive seminars with experienced faculty who work to provide a challenging, rewarding educational experience.

Honors Scholars also may create an Honors Option Course from regularly required courses in their curriculum. In this option, the student and the faculty member agree on a project which the student completes under the faculty member's supervision. The project is presented in class and a copy of the project is submitted to the Honors Program as part of the student's Honors Portfolio.

The Owens Honors program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Mid-East Honors Association (MEHA). The program has established articulation agreements with the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University that allow students who complete the program to integrate seamlessly into the honors programs of these institutions and be eligible for scholarships.


Honors Scholars must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of Honors Program courses*, distributed as follows:

  1. HON101: Introduction to Critical Thinking
  2. HON201: Great Readings: Ancient World through the Middle Ages
  3. Nine credit hours of elective Honors Option Courses.

Honors Scholars must have a 3.5 GPA at the time of graduation and "A" or "B" in all their Honors Program courses.

*Students may receive Honors credit without completing the full Honors Program Curriculum. Students seeking Honors program course credit only must still meet Honors Program entry criteria. Their honors course credit will be noted on their transcript if they receive an "A" or "B" in the course, but the transcript will not note "Honors Program Graduate" as it will for students completing the full curriculum.


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