The Honors Tutorial College offers 26 challenging programs of study that provide a unique undergraduate educational experience to a select number of qualified students.
Students admitted to the College undertake a substantial portion of the core curriculum in their respective disciplines through a series of tutorials. A tutorial consists of a full-time faculty member meeting with students either singly or in small seminars. In pursuing this method of instruction the College draws upon the rich educational traditions of British universities such as Cambridge and Oxford. Although other colleges and universities have adopted some aspect of the tutorial model, Ohio University remains the only institution in the United States with a degree-granting college incorporating all the essential features of a tutorial-based education. The success of the College's approach to undergraduate education is evident in its distinguished 30-year history and the impressive achievements of its alumni.
A tutorial-based curriculum requires highly developed academic abilities, but it also necessitates motivation, maturity, focus, energy, and a combination of self-confidence and humility. To succeed in the Honors Tutorial College, a student must recognize that she or he bears the responsibility for understanding each week's tutorial material. All tutorials are dialogues--exchanges of thoughts, questions, and possibilities--not lectures. There are no back row seats in a tutorial. At every tutorial, students are called upon to participate in an intellectual exchange in which quality is measured by thoughtful mastery of the subject under consideration.
In addition to being comfortable with the expectations of the tutorial mode of instruction, students must also consider other characteristics of the College. These include participation of all Honors Tutorial College freshmen in a seminar held in fall quarter and an expectation that membership in the College brings with it community service obligations. The seminar and community service work play a critical role in establishing camaraderie between students and maintaining a vibrant, active community of young scholars.
Anthropology Astrophysics Biological Sciences Business Chemistry Classics Communication Studies Computer Science Dance Engineering Physics English Environmental and Plant Biology Film French Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences History Journalism Mathematics Philosophy Physics Political Science Social Work Sociology/Sociology Criminology Spanish Telecommunications Theater
Only these disciplines are available as programs of student at the present time. Certification in secondary education may be added to the tutorial degree by a limited number of students.
Detailed descriptions of programs of stuides can be obtained by contacting:
Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens OH 45701-2979
Although Directors of Studies assist students in selecting the proper courses each quarter, students are responsible for seeing that all requirements are met.
Each program of study has its own set of specific academic goals. All programs involve tutorials, but some also ask students to complete a sequence of collateral studies, to participate in a seminar or a lecture series, to pass a set of comprehensive examinations, or to undertake laboratory, field, or studio work. All programs of study also require the completion of a thesis project. Detailed descriptions of the academic expectations for each program of study can be found on the College Web site or obtained by contacting the College by mail or e-mail.
The Honors Tutorial College does not mandate a fixed hour or residency requirement or a specific course distribution (except as required by individual programs of study). To earn a second bachelor's degree in another college at Ohio University, you also must complete all the requirements established by the second college.
Degrees conferred by the college include the Bachelor of Fine Arts in (major), Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Communication in (major), Bachelor of Arts in (major), Bachelor of Science in (major), and Bachelor of Business Administration.
The process of application begins with filling out the standard Ohio University application form. Under the section marked "College," you must indicate that you wish to apply to the Honors Tutorial College. In the space that asks for your major, you need to fill in one of the 27 programs of study listed above. There is no undecided option in the Honors Tutorial College; you must indicate a program of study. If you wish to be considered for admission to more than one program, please make this clear on your application. Finally, when filling out the major code make sure to use the codes listed under the Honors Tutorial College heading. Failure to follow these steps may prevent your application from being transferred to the College for consideration. All required and optional materials must be received no later than December 15th.
Decisions about which students will be invited to campus for a personal interview are made after two rounds of file review. These interviews, held in January of the year that an applicant wishes to enter the College, are a required part of the admission process. After al of the interviews are made about which applicants are to be offered admission. Individuals who are invited to join the College must accept or decline admission by May 1st.