Choose to help shape your curriculum in ways not possible in other academic units. Write a thesis; complete a creative project; explore a topic of interest with more depth and independence than in a typical class. 

We are preparing exceptional students to perform in every imaginable sphere of life. We offer options and opportunities. The Honors curriculum is intended to be highly personal, and students work with an Honors advisor to meet their Honors College academic requirements.

Honors Courses

The College provides courses that fulfill Kent State University degree requirements and that enrich a student’s academic experience. However, in some academic programs, Honors College courses that contribute toward completion of that program's requirements may not be available. Our advisors will work with you to make graduation with Honors possible. Specific questions concerning Honors credits should be directed to your Honors advisor.

Kent State Honors College courses are designated either by the “HONR” prefix, or under the appropriate departmental prefix (e.g., “ENG,” "HIST," “PSYC”). The HONR prefix is used for courses designed specifically for the Honors College and which have no direct equivalent in the standard University curriculum. Honors College versions of University courses are distinguished as a particular section in the official KSU Schedule of Classes. An Honors course will end with "- Honors" in the section title. The Honors College strives to provide academic opportunities for all students but cannot be responsible for providing all the courses necessary to finish any particular discipline’s major.

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The Class Project Agreement (CPA) is designed to offer students an option to enrich the academic experience in upper-division courses in academic majors and programs for which Honors courses are not offered.

Under the direction of the instructor of a course, students can create a one-credit-hour Honors experience 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.

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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 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.

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Study Away

The Honors College encourages all of its students to acquire broader national and global perspectives and appreciate cross-cultural values and achievements. Students may earn honors credit for an off-campus educational experience, domestic or international, in which a minimum of 6 credit hours of academic credit are earned at an accredited institution.

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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.

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Senior Honors Thesis/Project

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.

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