We are preparing exceptional students to perform in every imaginable sphere of life. We offer options and opportunities. Write a thesis; complete a creative project; explore a topic of interest with more depth and independence than in a typical class. Choose to help shape your curriculum in ways not possible in other academic units.
The Honors Curriculum
The Honors curriculum is intended to be highly personal. Students work with an Honors advisor to meet their Honors College requirements, select courses, and plan for future educational, personal, and professional endeavors.
Freshman Honors Colloquium is a required rigorous two-semester sequence (HONR 10197 & HONR 10297) for incoming first-year Honors students.
Honors courses are offered from across individual departments at Kent State University and are taught by the faculty in those departments. Just what makes a course â€œHonorsâ€ depends on the content and the faculty memberâ€™s approach to a topic, but all Honors courses are intended to provide extensive student-faculty interaction and engagement among top students.
Class Project Agreements
The Honors College permits students to create a 1 credit hour experience (HONR 30096/40096) in association with a non-Honors course. The goal of this project is to provide students with an enriched educational experience through a course in the major or other field of interest. This project may only be added to 3-credit-hour, standard-letter-graded, upper-division, non-Honors courses.
Individual Honors Work
Individual Honors Work (HONR 20096/30096/40096) provides students an opportunity to complete independent study (1-4 credit hours) under the direction of an instructor. The goal of this project is to provide students with an enriched educational experience in the major or other field of interest not typically covered in the standard curriculum.
The Honors College will count graded individual investigations in academic departments as Honors credit hours.
Students who participate in an approved study away experience will receive three credit hours of Honors credit.
The Senior Portfolio is a graded one- credit-hour project which involves the collection of 8-10 artifacts from a student's undergraduate career accompanied by a reflective paper that explains how each artifact contributed to the student's intellectual and/or personal growth.
The Senior Honors Thesis/Project is an optional six-credit-hour experience that may be completed in addition to the required 24 credit hours of Honors work. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students develop an individualized research, creative, or applied project tailored to their unique interests. Students who complete the Senior Honors Thesis/Project may graduate with Honors.
Students may also apply to join the Honors College for the sole purpose of completing the Senior Honors Thesis/Project.
Learn more about graduation from the Honors College
Learn more about Honors advising and how to schedule an appointment with an Honors advisor
Find out what Honors courses are being offered in the upcoming semester.
Faculty & Staff
Learn about the staff and faculty in the Honors College
Faculty & Staff
Learn more about opportunities for domestic and international study away programs.