The Honors Tutorial College offers 25 challenging degree programs to qualified students admitted at the beginning of the freshman or sophomore year. The Honors Tutorial College also administers the Departmental Honors Program, a thesis option for eligible undergraduates in other colleges at Ohio University.
The unique tutorial program is modeled on the educational method used in British universities, notably Oxford and Cambridge. Although other colleges and universities have adopted particular features of this model, Ohio University is the only institution in the United States that has a degree-granting college incorporating all the essential features of the traditional tutorial system.
To provide an intensified learning experience by:
Replacing lecture with tutorial in your major.
Permitting you to progress at an optimum pace.
Promoting advanced competency in a specific field.
Allowing you to earn a bachelorŐs degree in three years.
Encouraging you to develop critical perceptions as well as creative and intellectual independence.
Acquainting you with accomplished scholars through the one-to-one tutorial relationship.
Fostering a living-learning environment in a special residence hall.
Providing preprofessional students with practical training through internships and other individually arranged educational experiences.
The rapport established in this one-to-one relationship enhances learning and expedites progress in the field. It also ensures that your ability and specific interests are reflected in the content of the tutorials.
Through formal arrangements with various academic departments in the university, the Honors Tutorial College offers majors in:
Environmental and Plant Biology
Geography Hearing and Speech Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Only these disciplines are available as tutorial majors at the present time. Certification in secondary education may be added to the tutorial degree in another major by a limited number of students.
Participating departments have well established research facilities, and the tutors are full-time faculty with many years of professional experience.
Tutorial students preparing for careers in law may major in any of the above areas or choose special prelaw programs in economics, history, philosophy, and political science.
Detailed descriptions of departmental programs in tutorial studies can be obtained by contacting:
Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens OH 45701-2979
While preparation for advanced training in a particular discipline remains the overall objective of the tutorial program, pursuit of other intellectual or creative inclinations is encouraged.
Major requirements generally include a sequence of tutorials, collateral studies, lectures, seminars, comprehensive examinations, and, in some areas, laboratory, field, or studio work. In many departments, you will also complete a research thesis or creative project under the direction of a faculty member.
Since the tutorial system works best when the faculty-student relationship is free from the pressure of formal examinations, departmental committees prepare and grade comprehensive examinations. However, the tutor may, at any time, use a variety of methods to test your grasp of ideas and to assess your progress. This process not only intensifies your participation in tutorials but also forms the basis for the tutorŐs quarterly evaluation, a report notifying both the college and you that satisfactory progress is being made or that specific problems require attention.
Academic departments participating in the Honors Tutorial College set their own tutorial degree requirements, including required courses outside the major field. In this respect, the tutorial curriculum is much like that of a graduate program. Each department offering a tutorial program has developed a course of study designed to give you mastery of the field at an advanced undergraduate level. When the department is satisfied that all tutorial requirements have been met, you may graduate from Ohio University with a degree in that major.
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.
With the approval of participating departments, the college admits a limited number of majors each year. Although most eligible students enter the program at the freshman level, others may apply after completing a year of undergraduate work. Transfer and re-entry students are also admitted.
The college requires excellent academic credentials. Standardized test scores and high school records help to determine your eligibility. To apply, fill out the standard Ohio University application and submit it with the required materials to the Honors Tutorial College. Materials must be received by December 15. After your file has been reviewed, you will be notified if you have been selected for an admission interview, which must take place by January 15 of the year you wish to enter the college. Many departments admit students on a rolling basis until spaces are filled, so early application is encouraged. Unsuccessful candidates may reapply provided that they attain at least a 3.5 g.p.a. after two or more quarters in another college.
Before enrolling for departmental honors, you should discuss the project with the faculty member who will serve as your thesis advisor. Departments determine eligibility for the program and suitability of the proposed thesis. After the proposal is approved by the department, apply for departmental honors at the Honors Tutorial College, 35 Park Place.
You are responsible for informing the Honors Tutorial College of the nature of the project at least a month before graduation to ensure that the proper recognition can be given at Commencement and inscribed on the degree. When applying for graduation, be sure to indicate on the form that you are completing an honors project.
Following departmental approval of the completed thesis, you submit it to the Honors Tutorial College for final confirmation. To graduate with departmental honors, you must have satisfied the honors criteria required by your major department (such as a particular g.p.a.). You are advised to start planning this program during your junior year.
University Publications and Computer Services revised this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/~ucat/97-98/colleges/htc.htm) August 25, 1998.
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