The General Honors Award

The General Honors Award

This award is earned primarily while completing the general education requirements. The General Honors Award requires 21 honors credit hours with grades of "A" or "B" with a cumulative graduation/retention GPA of 3.50 or higher, as specified below:

  • Twelve Honors Hours Breadth Requirement (minimum of three honors hours per area from four of the following areas):
    • Courses required of all OSU students (English composition or technical writing courses, HIST 1103 or 1483 or 1493, and POLS 1113)
    • Humanities (courses designated "H")
    • Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Management Sciences and Information Systems, and courses designated "A"
    • Natural Sciences (courses designated "N")
    • Social Sciences (courses designated "S")
    • Other courses with honors credit (which are not included in areas 1 through 5, above)
    • Approved Special Experience Option (study abroad, off-campus internship, cooperative education semester, research or other creative activity, or leadership or service)
  • Two Honors Seminars or Interdisciplinary Honors Courses with a minimum total of four hours (which also may be used to satisfy a portion of the breadth requirement)--courses with HONOR prefix and other courses designated as honors seminars
  • Special Experience Option: If academic credit is granted for the experience, 3 academic credit hours for experience in study abroad, off-campus internships, or cooperative education programs may be counted toward the General Honors Award (with prior approval). If academic credit is not granted for the experience, the student shall petition for Honors College approval in advance of the experience and then provide documentation of successful completion of the experience as well as a reflective paper about what he or she has learned as a result of the experience and how this knowledge may be used in his or her future as well as for the benefit of others. The Dean of The Honors College may exempt the student from up to three credit hours of the requirements for the General Honors Award on the basis of the documentation and reflective paper.
  • Additional Honors Hours to Reach a Total of 21 Honors Hours (with grades of "A" or "B" in all 21 honors hours plus a cumulative GPA and an OSU GPA of 3.50 or higher), with no more than 9 of the 21 honors hours by honors contract without special permission of the Dean of the Honors College.
  • Upper-Division Requirement: At least three of the 21 hours required for the General Honors Award must be upper-division (3000- or 4000-level).
  • Transfer Honors Credit: Students may use up to 15 honors credit hours from other colleges and universities toward the requirements for the General Honors Award

​Students who earn the General Honors Award receive a certificate and the award is posted to their undergraduate transcripts.