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Honors College students graduate with an Honors Baccalaureate degree. There are two different tracks.
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
15 credits minimum
|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.
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.
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.
The Honors College has established two learning outcomes. These outcomes describe the skills that participation in HC courses and activities (including the honors thesis) allows all HC students develop by the time they graduate.
As an HC graduate, you will have developed the ability to engage in pursuits that create new knowledge and contribute to one or more scholarly areas of study. This learning outcome includes the following elements:
As an HC graduate, you will have developed the capacity to fully engage in meaningful dialog, which incorporates cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives. This learning outcome includes the following elements: