Arts Honors Program

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Separate from the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, the Arts Honors Program is open to students pursuing majors in the arts (Art, Art Education, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre, Arts Management, Film Studies, History of Art, and Moving-Image Production) in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The purpose of the Arts Honors Program is to provide opportunities for students with exceptional capabilities and motivation to achieve personal satisfaction and intellectual growth through honors courses, advanced course work, and special academic enrichment programs.

Advising

  • Ed Quinn is the Arts Honors Program Manager.  His office is located in 100 Denney Hall. Please send an email to quinn.142@osu.edu to schedule an Arts Honors appointment.

Program Requirements

(effective Autumn 2012)
Please note, students in the Arts Honors Program often pursue significant creative projects in their program and apply for graduation with distinction. This is a separate process. For more information, please contact Ed Quinn (quinn.142@osu.edu) in Arts and Sciences Academic Enrichment.

GPA requirement to maintain Honors status:

  • University standard: 3.4 at the end of every year (3.3 at end of first year)
  • Arts standard: 3.4 overall GPA (3.3 at end of first year)
  • Requirements to enter Honors program after matriculation or transfer to the university:
  • University standards: 3.4 GPA overall, Minimum 1 semester of OSU credit
  • Arts standards: 3.4 GPA overall, both GE and major, Minimum 2 semesters of OSU credit*

Course/Unit requirements to maintain Honors status:

  • University standard: 6 Honors, upper division (4000+) or graduate-level courses over the first 2 years (max of 2 honors embedded courses)
  • Arts standard: 3 units of Honors experiences over the first 2 years

For some majors in the Arts, this is difficult to achieve, due to limited scheduling opportunities in the GE, few Honors offerings in the major programs, and lock-step curriculum in the majors. The Arts standard allows students to defer 1 unit until the 3rd year if necessary, reflecting the individualistic, focused nature in the arts.

  • 3 units over the second 2 years
  • Completion of 6 units meets the Arts Honors Program requirements

*Exceptions for transfer students meeting the following criteria: 1. eligibility for honors as freshman (i.e., ACT composite score of 29 or better, or SAT combined verbal/math score of 1300 or better; plus top ten percent of high school class) and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at the other institution; OR 2. verification of enrollment in an honors program at the other institution, completion of honors courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. Transfer students meeting these criteria may be admitted to the honors program upon matriculation.

Possibilities for 3 Units:

FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE YEAR

3 Units of Honors experiences made up of the following options, in the first 2 years (through sophomore standing), with the option to defer up to 1 unit, not including upper division courses, to year 3 (through junior standing).

  • Honors course (1 Unit)
  • Upper division course outside major (4000+) (1 Unit)
  • Upper division elective course in major (1 Unit)
  • Graduate level course (1 Unit)
  • Honors embedded course  (1 Unit)  (maximum of 3 total)
  • Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity (1 Unit) (3-5 credit hours)
  • Special Individual Study*  (1 Unit) (maximum of 3 total)

*(e.g., Summer Study, studies abroad; at least 40-80 contact hours, and a culminating report, activity, or presentation under faculty supervision as in an Internship)

JUNIOR/ SENIOR YEAR
  • Honors courses (1 Unit) 
  • Upper division course outside major (4000+) (1 Unit) 
  • Graduate level course (1 Unit) 
  • Honors embedded course or senior project (1 Unit) (maximum of 3 total)
  • Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity (3-5 credit hours) (1 Unit) (maximum of 2 total)
  • Special Individual Study* (1 Unit) (maximum of 3 total)

*(e.g., Summer Study, studies abroad; at least 40 contact hours, and a culminating report, activity, or presentation under faculty supervision as in an Internship)                  

  • A minor (outside the major) (1 Unit)
  • Second Major (outside the major) (2 Units)
  • Arts Entrepreneurship Director*  (1 Unit) (maximum of 1)

*(e.g., student representative serves as the leader of a Music ensemble and participates at bi-weekly meetings with directors of ensembles; serves as spokesperson for a department’s public display, etc.)

  • Director of Publication opportunities*  (1 Unit) (maximum of 1)

*(e.g., Theatre students touring various high schools performing original skits serving as the director, production manager or technical director (TD).)

Program requirements to maintain Honors status/graduate with Honors in the Arts:

University standard: Progress towards completion of an approved Honors program, i.e., honors thesis for graduation with distinction, or program to graduate with honors in the discipline.

Arts standard: Arts Honors Contract (fulfill 6 units of Honors experiences per an Honors contract): Our students graduate: “with Honors in the Arts.”

Application: 

  1. Faculty advisor signature
  2. Arts Honors Program Manager Signature (Ed Quinn, quinn.142@osu.edu, 100 Denney Hall).
  3. Plan for 6 Units of Arts Honors experiences (3 in the first two years (with the option to defer 1 unit to third year); 3 in the following 2 years)

Process of Monitoring Arts Honors Contracts:

Ed Quinn will review Arts Honors contracts at the conclusion of each academic year. Students will be informed via Ohio State email of their continuance or non-continuance in the program.

Students in their sophomore year will submit an Arts Honors contract by the conclusion of finals week autumn semester. 

Students who find they need to revise their contract may do so with the Contract Revision Form, which can be submitted to Ed Quinn.