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Honors Program

Welcome to the Honors Program at Otterbein University!

The Honors Program at Otterbein University is a rigorous and exciting program of study for students of high academic ability and strong personal motivation. We offer a unique academic experience for intellectually invested students.

The Honors curriculum begins with small, discussion-based seminars taken in the freshman and sophomore years. These courses are offered in a range of majors including philosophy, history, fine arts, literature, film, and natural sciences. Our small class sizes foster intensive and sustained intellectual inquiry between faculty and students. In the junior and senior years students work closely with a faculty advisor of their choice to pursue an independent research or creative project in their field of study.

The Honors Thesis Project is the capstone of the program. Preliminary project research begins in the junior year and continues throughout the senior year. Graduating Honors students share and celebrate their research and creative achievements with the campus community at Honors Reporting Day, held annually in April. Friends and family are invited to attend this showcase event and banquet. Honors Thesis Awards are selected by an interdisciplinary committee of Advisory faculty and presented at the Honors Convocation.

Honors also supports an ongoing, student-led service learning project, Kneading Minds. Students bake bread in the Mayne Hall kitchen and the proceeds from campus sales are donated to local area resource organizations.

The University Honors Program prepares you for a rewarding professional life after graduation. We foster a culture of research, responsibility, and self-reliance that will shape you as a citizen and community member. Once again, welcome!

Admission to Honors

Admission to the program requires a 27 or higher on the ACT or a 1220 or higher on the SAT and being in the top 10 percent of graduating class (equivalent to a 3.8 GPA or higher). Students may also request admission based on academic performance, related activities, and faculty recommendation. Requests can be made upon acceptance to Otterbein or at the end of the freshman year and should be submitted to the Honors director.

Honors Curriculum

Students selected to participate in the Honors program enroll in HNRS-prefix courses that are designated for Honors students only. The remainder of the curriculum is selected from courses available to all students. Honors students are eligible for priority registration one day before open registration. Please see “Honors Courses” for detailed curriculum and course descriptions.

Important Dates for 2013-14:

  • Honors Project Defenses: Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 18, 2014
  • Honors Reporting Day: Wednesday, April 23 – Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Dr. Karen Steigman
p / 614.823.1087
e / ksteigman@otterbein.edu
Towers Hall, Room 227