The Ohio State University at Newark


Ohio State Newark Honors Program

What is Honors?

The Honors program promotes the intellectual and personal development of high-ability undergraduate students both inside and outside the classroom. Along with admission to Honors classes and the opportunity to graduate with Honors distinction, Honors students receive priority scheduling, access to free printing in the Honors lounge, and invitations to special outings through the Laurel Collegiate Society, the social club for high-achieving students (with 3.4 GPA and above). Honors students are given first priority in study abroad courses and many are recognized at the Ohio State Newark Salute to Undergraduate Achievement dinner every spring.

Limited to 15 highly motivated students, Honors classes are structured to provide more interaction among students and faculty. These smaller, more intimate classes typically are presented as discussion seminars rather than lectures. Often students develop projects that allow them to research an area of particular interest, in close consultation with their professors. Some courses, designated as Honors-embedded, also allow students to earn Honors credit in non-Honors classes by working individually with the professor on projects.

Students majoring in the Arts and Sciences who wish to graduate with Honors distinction are expected to have taken six Honors or upper-level (4000 level or above) by the end of their sophomore year. At that point, they fill out what’s called an Honors contract (listing what courses they will take their junior and senior year). This means Honors students should aim for three Honors courses a year in their first two years.

To help students meet their Honors coursework requirements, many GE courses as well as upper-level courses are offered in an Honors format. Students are not expected to take extra classes to fulfill the Honors requirement. They take the required GE courses in Honors format. Freshmen and sophomores can also earn credit for Honors work when they take upper-level, non-honors courses (any 4000- or above course in any discipline taken while a freshman or sophomore will be considered Honors). Finally, in addition to taking Honors versions of some GE courses, Honors students are expected to have a more rigorous GE curriculum overall. They should work closely with their advisors to select their non-Honors GE courses from the preferred list for Honors students, available here:

BA Honors Guide to the GE [pdf]

BS Honors Guide to the GE [pdf]

Students planning to graduate in one of the majors offered at the Newark campus should review the information below on earning and maintaining Honors status and consult with their major advisor. Students planning to finish their degrees on the Columbus campus also are urged to join the program at Newark so that they can begin earning the Honors credits necessary when they seek to join the Honors and Scholars program. Fulfilling an Honors contract in Columbus, for example, likely will require taking Honors versions of GE courses, and many of those requirements can be met at Newark in the first two years. Without Honors courses in the first two years of study, transfer students will find it difficult to complete an Honors program in Columbus.