Are you excited to be challenged intellectually, to pursue topics deeply, and to explore the boundaries of knowledge? Do you want to surround yourself with intellectually curious peers and professors? If you’re eligible, Ohio Wesleyan’s Leland F. and Helen Schubert Honors Program offers you the chance to push well beyond your personal boundaries to follow your imagination, explore ideas across disciplines, and discover and create new knowledge in your area of academic interest.

Participation in the program offers many advantages. You can:

  • Explore new ideas through creative, thought-provoking tutorials and seminars
  • Pursue advanced topics in depth
  • Master complex analytical and research skills
  • Complete an original, independent research or creative project
  • Receive mentorship throughout your academic journey
  • Widen your career options

The Honors Program consists of Honors Seminars and Tutorials, Honors Courses, pursuing honors projects in specialized upper level courses, and mentored Independent Research or Creative Projects in your major.

And you don’t have to wait for these exciting opportunities. You’ll plunge into Honors Tutorials and Seminars during your first and second years, working closely and in small groups with a faculty member to pursue topics in great depth and practice inquiry in different academic disciplines.  As you progress through the Honors curriculum, your engagement with rigorous coursework, creative assignments and in-depth discussions will hone your analytical, critical reasoning, and research skills that will propel you to even greater intellectual growth.

For a sample of class activities, see our Photo/Video Gallery.

If you complete the curricular elements of the honors program you will have the opportunity to Graduate with Honors.

Graduation with Honors requires:

  1. Achieving a 3.5 overall GPA by graduation.
  2. Completing 4.5 units within the Honors Curriculum including:
    • Honors Seminars and Tutorials, Honors Courses, and Honors in Course. (3 units)
    • Introduction to Honors Research and Inquiry (0.25 unit)
    • Independent study – Honors research or creative project with thesis (1 unit)
    • University Honors Capstone Seminar (.25 unit)
  3. Defending your written thesis or creative project before an examining committee.

Joining the Honors Program


Incoming first-year students who have a 3.5 high school GPA, a 28 ACT, or a 1300 SAT at the time of their admission to Ohio Wesleyan will be invited to join the Honors program. Students who don’t meet this criteria can be invited to apply based on a review of their application for admission.

Any current OWU student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who is interested in joining the Honors program should express their interest by emailing Dr. Amy McClure at to receive the application to join the Honors Program.

Contact Info


Honors Office
Phillips Hall #214
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3562
P 740-368-3886
F 740-368-3553