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 Honors Courses & Curriculum
Honors Courses:
  • Provide appropriate intellectual challenges
  • Develop communication skills
  • Foster analytical and critical thinking
  • Build community among Honors students

Honors Courses are taught by select faculty members who are recognized scholars in their fields.  The courses are capped at a smaller size than similar non-honors sections, so you get to work more closely with a select group of students as well as with faculty.

Honors students enjoy university-level Priority Scheduling, making them among the first to schedule courses each semester.  Honors courses are designated with an "H" on the schedule and the student's transcript.

The Lima campus offers 4-5 Honors courses each semester, mostly introductory or GE courses.  In 2014-15, Lima is offering the following Honors courses:

Autumn Semester 2014:
   Honors English 1110.02H
   Honors Psychology 1100H
   Honors Earth Science 1110H

Spring Semester 2015:
   Honors Political Science 1165H
   Honors History 2002H
   Honors Psychology 3340E
   Honors Theatre 2100H
   Honors Biology 1113H

In addition to the Honors courses, the campus offers Honors students these additional opportunities for academic enrichment:

Honors Embedded Courses

Honors Embedded courses, designated with an "E" on the schedule and the student's transcript, offer honors experiences embedded within current non-honors courses.  Honors students embedded in the course have increased interaction with faculty and deeper engagement with the material.

Honors Equivalent Courses

Honors Equivalent courses are 4000-level (and possibly some 3000-level) courses outside of the Honors student's major field which, when satisfactorily completed in the student's first two years, count as Honors courses.  Honors students have the same workload and grading structure as other students; professors are not expected to provide a different experience for Honors and non-honors students within these courses. While any 4000-level course not in the student's major field is eligible count as an Honors Equivalent course, prerequisites may be an issue.

Individual Studies Courses

Individual Studies Courses are courses designed by the individual student and mentoring faculty, whereby the student contracts with the faculty to do high-quality independent work, such as a research project or an art or performance project. The student receives course credit for this work. Students interested in the Individual Studies opportunity should contact a member of the faculty for more information at least one semester in advance of the planned course.

Undergraduate Research

OSU Lima strongly encourages undergraduates to undertake independent research with the guidance of faculty.  While this opportunity is available to all Lima students, it is especially appropriate for Honors students.  For more information, visit the undergraduate research web site and contact the Director of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Joe Green, phone 419-995-8278.