Up to a real intellectual challenge? 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, your passion to the very boundaries of knowledge, there to explore, discover, and create new ideas.

Participation in the program, which is voluntary, offers many advantages. You can:

  • Tailor your education to your specific needs and interests
  • Pursue advanced topics
  • Master complex analytical and research skills
  • Increase your ability to work independently
  • Widen your career options

And you don’t have to wait for these exciting opportunities. You’ll plunge into Honors Tutorials during your first year, working one-on-one with a faculty member or joining others in small interest groups; the curriculum is adjusted to reflect your interests.

Rigorous coursework and in-depth discussions will hone your analytical, critical reasoning, and research skills. As you move through the entire Honors Program, which consists of Honors Courses, advanced sections of existing courses, independent studies, and directed readings, you’ll take part in advanced courses that propel you to even greater intellectual growth.

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

You can graduate with University or Departmental Honors. Both demonstrate significant achievement in advanced study.

Graduation with University Honors requires:

  • Achieving a 3.5 GPA or better in your major
  • Earning any combination of two units of credit in Honors Tutorials, independent studies or directed readings
  • Earning two units of credit in Honors seminars/courses
  • Passing a comprehensive exam in your major

Graduation with Departmental Honors requires:

  • Achieving a 3.5 GPA or better in your major and overall
  • Completing a year-long independent study  which culminates in a paper or project of equivalent rigor
  • Writing a thesis and defending it before a faculty committee
  • Passing a comprehensive exam in your major

Honors in Course is available in any course, and is often student-initiated. Students earning this designation typically do work beyond the normal course requirements.  Honors in Course does not count for either Graduation with Honors designation.

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 aamcclur@owu.edu with their full name and a copy of their unofficial transcript.

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