All students matriculating at OWU Fall 2019 or later will follow the guidelines below to Graduate with Honors. Students matriculating at OWU prior to Fall 2019 can pursue Graduation with Honors using the guidelines below, OR they can choose to pursue Graduation with Honors using the previous University or Departmental Honors guidelines.

To graduate with Honors one must:

  1. Achieve at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average by graduation.
  2. Complete at least 4.5 units of work in the Honors Program, including the following:
    1. Freshmen/Sophomore Honors Seminars or Honors Tutorials (1 unit)
    2. Two additional units chosen from any of the following: Honors Seminar, Honors Course, Honors in Course, Honors Tutorial (2 units)
    3. Introduction to Honors Research and Inquiry (0.25 unit, usually taken fall or spring Junior year)
    4. Honors Independent Study 490H (1 unit, usually taken spring Junior year or fall/spring Senior year)
    5. University Honors Capstone Seminar (0.25 unit taken simultaneously with 490H)
  3. The student’s Honors project must include a written report, or creative work, or a written reflection. The student must submit the completed project to an Examining Committee no later than two weeks before the end of classes in the semester preceding the student’s graduation. The Examining Committee will also give the students an oral examination of the project. The Examining Committee will determine if the Honors Project meets the standards of Graduation with Honors.

    The student’s thesis mentor will be responsible for selecting the Examining Committee, to be approved by the Provost. The committee will consist of four faculty members. Two or three members should be related to the discipline of the thesis topic and at least one member should be from a department or discipline not closely related to the thesis topic.
  4. Students intending to graduate with Honors must file an “Application to Graduate with Honors” with the Office of Academic Affairs no later than the end of the twelfth week in the semester proceeding the final semester before graduation (typically fall semester of senior year). They must also file with the Office of Academic Affairs, a “Certification of Honors Earned”, if the Examining Committee determines the student has met the requirements for Graduating with Honors, by the end of the thirteenth week of the final semester before graduation.

    A student who satisfies these conditions will Graduate with Honors.  The student’s name will be listed in the commencement program. The student’s permanent record will also show Graduation with Honors.