Each semester a new set of courses is offered providing students with
multiple chances to choose courses of specific interest in different
disciplines over a four-year period. All Honors College core courses
satisfy the general education requirements of Oakland University, and
some core courses may also satisfy the ethnic diversity and Writing in
the Gen Ed (WIGE)requirement.
Students in The Honors College work toward completing the requirements in conjunction with a departmental major from the College of Arts and Sciences
or from one of the five professional schools (Business Administration
, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science
, Health Sciences
Honors College students majoring in a department in the College of Arts
and Sciences are exempt from the College of Arts and Science's
distribution requirements. (See undergraduate catalog
under College of Arts and Sciences.)
The following courses make up The Honors College core curriculum:
- HC 100 - First Year Colloquium: Making Discoveries (required)
- HC 201 - Arts
- HC 202 - Literature
- HC 204 - Western Civilization
- HC 205 - Global Perspective
- HC 206 - Social Sciences
- HC 207 - Mathematics, Logic and Computer Science
- HC 208 - Natural Sciences and Technology
- HC 390 - Introduction to the Thesis
- HC 490 - Independent Study (optional)
In addition to achieving a minimum GPA of 3.50 to graduate from The
Honors College, students must take at least three Honors College core
courses in three different general education field categories (HC 201,
202, 204-208). Beginning in Fall 2008 all incoming freshmen will be
required to take HC 100. This First Year Experience course is designed
to build community and to provide an education in areas fundamental to
the making of a bright, curious, engaged student, ready to undertake the
challenges and responsibilities of an academically prepared Honors
Students may take more than three core courses, in which case the
additional courses will count toward satisfying the overall university
general education requirements. Students should take at least one core
course during their freshman year. It is expected that course
requirements will be met by the end of their junior (third) year.
Suggested First Semester Classes
- HC 100 Freshman Colloquium (required)
- Rhetoric 150 or Rhetoric 160 (depending on placement)
- A foreign language (level of the course will depend on results of placement exam)
These three classes constitute full time enrollment, however, a course
of your choosing, perhaps an introductory course in your departmental
major may be added. For example, if a Biology major, we recommend an
introductory course in Biology or Chemistry.
Note: It is very important that you take the foreign-language placement
exam before attending orientation (unless you will begin a new
language). The Honors College requires that you complete the second-year
(215) level or demonstrate second-year language proficiency.
Foreign Language Requirement
Honors College students must complete a foreign language requirement.
This is done by choosing one of the four Honors College language track
options (see HC Foreign Language Requirement
Students choosing track 1, 2 or 3 are encouraged to take the online
foreign language placement test to determine where to begin. It is
possible to meet some of the requirements by demonstrating proficiency
on the placement exam. Foreign language courses are offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
and are not restricted to Honors College students. (see Department of
Modern Languages and Literatures for specific languages offered)
Honors College students must complete a community service requirement.
Students graduating from The Honors College are required to fulfill a
minimum 10 hour project during one semester or a six-week period in the
summer. Upon completion of the service project, students must fill out a
Community Service Form
. The form must be signed by the student, the service supervisor and The Honors College dean.
Students must maintain good standing in The Honors College at all times and update their online Good Standing Report annually. For details see the Good Standing Guidelines.
Honors College students must produce an Honors Thesis (independent
project). Every student must undertake a work of substantial scholarly
or creative achievement. Most often, this activity is carried out in the
student's major area of study, e.g., biology, English, economics,
business, engineering. The student, together with a faculty
sponsor/mentor, develops a proposal of the project, submits it to The
Honors College Council for approval, and carries out the work.
There is wide latitude regarding the nature of the projects, since it is
recognized that substantial differences exist across disciplines. The
end result is a written thesis – however, it could include a creative
performance, dance recital, engineering project, or another type of
creative activity. The proposal must be approved by the mentor and The
Honors College Council.
Students should begin thinking about the thesis during their freshman
and sophomore years, complete the Thesis Preparation (HC390) course the
and submit their research proposal at the end of the course. Thesis
deadlines are outlined in the thesis package and below. Hard copies will
be available in the Honors College office.
The proposal has a title and a narrative describing the nature and scope
of the project, along with the rationale, methodology and goals. The
Honors College Council must review and approve the proposal.
The thesis should be at least 20 pages (double-spaced, typewritten) and
should contain a bibliographic style appropriate to the discipline in
which the study is conducted. There should be clear evidence that the
paper far exceeds a simple report, and is more than the result of a
classroom assignment. It must exhibit originality, critical analysis and
The Thesis Forms
(procedures, proposal, model cover page, team work page, etc.), Mentor Procedures
page, Mentor Approval Form
and the License to Publish on the HC website
form are available online and in The Honors College Office. For
additional questions regarding HC 390 (The Thesis Prep Course) and
writing the thesis, check the Thesis FAQ's
For Students Graduating in May:
- February 1st- Final Thesis submitted to Mentor for revisions
- March 1st - Final Revised Thesis (including checklist) submitted to the Honors College
For Students Graduating in December:
- September 15th- Final Thesis submitted to Mentor for revisions
- October 15th - Final Revised Thesis (including checklist) submitted to the Honors College
Thesis Research Grant
The Honors College Research and Travel Grant is available to students
seeking financial support to complete the research portion of their
thesis. The application must be submitted with the thesis proposal. Applicants may request up to $1,500 toward research expenses including
travel, *equipment, supplies, printing, etc. The Thesis Grant Application
is available online or in The Honors College Office.
*(All equipment purchased with Oakland University funds remains the property of the university).