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Honors Program

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.

Important Dates:

Honors Project Defenses
Monday, March 21 – Thursday, April 1, 2016

Honors Reporting Day and Banquet:

Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7, 2016

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

The Honors program director works closely with Honors admissions liaison (Jennifer Markovich, Admission Counselor), on recruitment and recruitment events (Academic Interest Days, Scholarship Days, etc.).

Students are eligible for the Honors Program by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • ACT scores (of 27 and above) and in the top 10% of their graduating high school class or 3.8 GPA (for schools that do not rank)
  • SAT scores (1220 and above) and in the top 10% of their graduating high school class or 3.8 GPA (for schools that do not rank)

Students who meet Honors requirements are sent a letter of admission and automatically enrolled in the program unless they choose to opt out.

Entering freshmen who do not meet the above criteria may request entrance into the program based on partial qualifications and faculty recommendations.

Current Otterbein students and transfer students may also be nominated by faculty recommendation for admission to the program. Requests for admission into the Honors program should be submitted to the program 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.

/ Honors Program


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