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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

Freshman Honors Colloquium is a required rigorous two-semester sequence (HONR 10197 & HONR 10297) for incoming first-year Honors students.

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Honors Courses

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 “Honors” depends on the content and the faculty member’s approach to a topic, but all Honors courses are intended to provide extensive student-faculty interaction and engagement among top students.

Honors Contracts

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.

Individual Investigations

The Honors College will count graded individual investigations in academic departments as Honors credit hours.

Study Away and Study Abroad

Students who participate in an approved study away experience  will receive three credit hours of Honors credit.

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

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.

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Honors Advising

Learn more about Honors advising and how to schedule an appointment with an Honors advisor

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Honors Courses

Find out what Honors courses are being offered in the upcoming semester.

Honors Courses
Faculty & Staff

Learn about the staff and faculty in the Honors College

Faculty & Staff
Study Away

Learn more about opportunities for domestic and international study away programs.

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