Excerpt from the OWU Course Catalog

To graduate with University Honors, one must:

  1. Achieve at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average by graduation.
  2. Complete at least four semester units of work in Honors Program courses, selected from among the following areas:

    Tutorial and Independent Study Projects. (Two units of credit required.)|
    Honors Students may count two tutorials or one tutorial and one independent study/directed readings or two independent studies/directed readings toward graduation with University Honors. Participating students are eligible for grants to help offset expenses such as research, travel, expendable equipment, and project materials.

    Honors Courses: (Two units of credit required)
    Courses for Honors Students are available each semester. Some of these may be interdisciplinary while others may be honors sections of regular courses. “Honors in Course” does not qualify as an honors seminar. Honors courses used for University Honors requirements may not be taken Credit/No Entry.

  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination in the major department or program before the end of the fifth week of the spring semester of the senior year. Students should notify the department before the end of fall semester that they intend to take the exam.
  4. Students intending to graduate with University Honors must obtain appropriate forms from the Office of Academic Affairs and then file an “Application to Graduate with University Honors” with the Office of Academic Affairs no later than the end of the twelfth week of the fall semester of the student’s senior year. They must also file with the Office of Academic Affairs, a “Certification of Honors Earned” no later than the twelfth week of the spring semester.

A student who satisfies these conditions is graduated with University Honors. The student’s name is listed in the commencement program along with the department or program. The student’s permanent record will also show Graduation with University Honors.

All additional questions should be addressed to Dr. Amy Downing at

Requirements Checklist

The following is a checklist of the requirements for graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with University Honors:

* = required field

Earn required GPA of 3.5 or higher

(or successful petition for exemption)

Earn required GPA of 3.5 or higer *

Tutorials and/or independent study projects

(two units required, can be any combination of tutorials or independent studies)

Honors courses

(two units required)

Written comprehensive exam in major

Date Completed *

Forms completed and submitted to Academic Affairs

(by twelfth week of senior year)


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