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Departmental Honors in the College of Arts & Sciences

A&S Departmental Honors Programs

Thesis or Project Approval Process, Deadlines and Forms

Thesis Overview and Guidelines

Some Helpful Hints for Getting It All Together

About A&S Departmental Honors

Outstanding undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences at the junior or senior level who maintain an accumulative GPA of at least 3.50 may be eligible to earn Departmental Honors from their department of major. A thesis or project is required as the culmination of supervised research or an appropriate project carried out over several terms; therefore, it is best to start exploring the possibility of an honors thesis no later than the beginning of the junior year. Honors students may be encouraged to share their findings in a variety of professional and academic conference settings, and sometimes even present with their faculty. The Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo attracts A&S honors students who, along with other outstanding students from across the Ohio University campus, compete for awards. Completion of thesis requirements established by the respective department allows the honors student to graduate "With Honors," a designation noted in the degree bearing official transcript and on the student's Ohio University diploma, and serves as an impressive credential for applying to advanced programs of study.

Not every department in the College of Arts & Sciences offers an honors program. Departments with Departmental Honors programs include: Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Classics & World Religions, English, Environment & Plant Biology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Departments offering an honors program appoint a Departmental Honors Coordinator (DHC) who, in consultation with the department chair and faculty, will establish requirements and guidelines, the procedures to apply to and be selected for the program, as well as monitoring the progress of all honors students in the department.

These web pages fully describe the requirements and expectations for enrolling in an Honors Program.

Links to Departmental Honors Programs