Honors College students graduate with an Honors Baccalaureate degree. There are two different tracks.

  • Honors Scholar: requires 30 HC credits. It is generally followed by students who enter the HC their first year.
  • Honors Associate: requires 15 HC credits. It is typically for students who enter the HC after their second year.

The Honors Baccalaureate degree is jointly awarded by the HC and the student's major(s). Honors College students select HC courses to complement their academic major.

Honors Scholar

 

Honors Associate

30 credits minimum
(12 credits minimum upper division*)

 

15 credits minimum
(12 credits minimum upper division*)

Honors baccalaureate core courses 6 cr      
Honors colloquia 6 cr   Honors colloquia 6 cr
Honors electives** 12 cr   Honors electives** 6 cr
Thesis/Research/Projects 6 cr   Thesis/Research/Projects 3 cr
Final Thesis     Final Thesis  
Minimum Total 30 credits   Minimum Total 15 credits

 

*Of the required HC credits for both the Honors Scholar and Honors Associate tracks, a minimum of 12 upper-division (300-400) credits are required.  Students on the Honors Associate track should plan carefully to fulfill the upper-division requirement.

** HC electives credits include any HC elective course and/or any HC baccalaureate core or HC colloquia credits taken beyond the minimum required amount.

 

 HC Credit for International Experiences

Students may be able to earn Honors College upper division elective credits for OSU sponsored international experiences, such as an internship, research, or study abroad.  Contact an Honors College Academic Advisor for more details and requirements.

 

Requirements for students who entered the HC prior to Fall 2013

Honors Scholar

 

Honors Associate

30 credits minimum
(12 credits minimum upper division)

  15 credits minimum
(12 credits minimum upper division)
HC 199 Honors Writing 3 cr    HC Colloquia 4 cr
HC Bacc Core Courses 12 cr    HC Electives 6 cr
       HC 408 Intro to Thesis 1 cr
HC Colloquia 4 cr   Thesis/Project 4 cr
HC Electives 6 cr      
HC 408 Intro to Thesis 1 cr      
Thesis/Project 4 cr      
Minimum Upper Division 12 cr   Minimum Upper Division 12 cr
Minimum Total 30 credits   Minimum Total 15 credits


All Honors College students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative OSU GPA and make progress toward fulfilling the requirements of the HC. HC student grades will be audited each term. Those at risk of falling below the threshold will be notified by letter and are required to meet with an HC Advisor.

Further information is listed in the OSU Catalog.