A wide range of specified activities (arranged under the headings Academics, Arts, Leadership, Study Away, and Service) can qualify for honors points, and students can earn up to eleven points (equivalent to hours) through experiential learning activities. These points can be used toward the general honors award (GHA), to maintain active status, and/or toward additional hours needed for the honors degree after completion of the GHA and departmental/college awards. Students may earn up to three points for a single activity in a single semester and up to six honors points total in any one xL category (Arts, Academics, Leadership, etc.).
Students wishing to pursue experiential learning credit begin by browsing the List of Activities Available to Propose for Experiential Learning Honors Credit. Then, they submit a proposal via our online proposal form. All students whose proposals are accepted are added to an Experiential Learning Online Community, which offers information about experiential learning, links to useful resources, and access to assignments.
Participating students complete an orientation, take an online quiz, prepare a reflective essay, and submit a verification form. Attendance at in-person events may be required.
Student participation in the Honors College experiential learning program is voluntary. Neither OSU nor the Honors College requires participation in any specific activity to earn honors credit. Students are solely responsible for the selection of activities for which they seek honors credit, and they assume any potential risks associated with participation in those activities. Students are expected to assess independently the safety, suitability, and value of these activities. The Honors College carefully reviews each experiential learning proposal and reserves the right to make all final determinations regarding experiential learning polices, proposals, and participation.
If you have any questions about experiential learning, feel free to contact Dr. Frohock
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Fall Activity Deadlines
Proposals for activities to be undertaken in the Fall semester must be submitted no later than Friday of week 3 of the Fall semester. Reflective essays regarding activities completed in the Fall semester are due on or before the Monday of week 14. Verifications forms are due the Friday of week 15. (Please note that OSU marching band participants should adhere to the Fall deadlines above even though their commitments extend into December.)
Spring Activity Deadlines
Proposals for activities to be undertaken in the Spring semester must be submitted no later than Friday of week 3 of the Spring semester. Reflective essays regarding activities completed in the Spring semester are due on or before the Monday of week 14. Verifications forms are due the Friday of week 15.
Winter-Term Activity Deadlines
Winter-term activities should be proposed as soon as possible but may be proposed any time during the Fall semester up until the Friday of week 16. Reflective essays and verification forms for activities completed during the winter term are due no later than the Friday of week 3 of the Spring semester.
Summer Activity Deadlines
Activities to be undertaken over the summer should be proposed as soon as possible but may be proposed any time during the Spring semester up until the Friday of week 16. Reflective essays and verification forms for summer activities are due ten days before Fall classes start (i.e. by the Friday before move-in week).
Study Away Deadlines
Students who intend to study away should propose their trip for experiential learning credit as soon as possible or any time up to (a) two weeks before the start of the trip, for intersession trips or (b) Friday of week 3, for semester-long trips. Because study away experience can have time schedules that differ from the OSU calendar, required reflective essays and verification forms will be due no later than 4 weeks after the conclusion of the study-away program.