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The Kent State University Honors College curriculum consists of specially designed and enhanced seminar courses, most of which fulfill Kent Core requirements, major requirements, or other University requirements. Students may also earn Honors credit through individual and experiential learning options.

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Courses are an important component of the Honors College experience. The Honors College emphasizes small classes, generally limited to 20 students; seminars, interdisciplinary team-taught courses and other engaging learning experiences; and the development of critical reading, discussion, and writing skills.

Class Project Agreement

The Honors College permits students to create an Honors section of a standard KSU non-Honors course with the approval of the course instructor. 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. 

Individual Honors Work

Will Scharlott (left), senior visual communication design major, and Aiofe Mooney (right), assistant professor in the School of Visual Communication Design

Individual Honors Work (HONR 20096/30096/40096) provides students an opportunity to complete independent study (1-4 credit hours) under the direction of a faculty member. 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.

Study Away & Study Abroad

A student poses for a photo during a festival while studying in Asia.

The Honors College encourages all of its students to acquire broader national and global perspectives and appreciate cross-cultural values and achievements.

Senior Honors Portfolio

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.

Senior Honors Thesis/Project

A student conducts laboratory research.

The Senior Honors Thesis/Project is a 6-credit-hour independent project. It may be a research, creative, or applied project and is completed under the direction of a faculty member.