Arts Honors Program

The Arts Honors Program is open to students pursuing majors in the arts (Art, Art Education, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre) 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 advisor for the Arts Honors Program.  His office is located in 245G Sullivant Hall.  Please call (614) 292-6961 to make an appointment with Ed Quinn.

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 in the Arts. This is a separate process. For more information, please contact Ed Quinn (quinn.142@osu.edu) in Arts and Sciences Advising.  Please call (614) 292-6961 to make an appointment with Ed Quinn.

GPA requirement to maintain Arts 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 Arts 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*

*Exceptions for transfer students meeting the following criteria: 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 Arts Honors Program upon matriculation.

Course/Unit requirements to maintain Arts 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 third 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
  • Over all 6 units, 3 may come from honors embedded or project-type, individual coursework.

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)

*where pre-requisites have been met, or waived, and where the course is not a required course on the major, but is offered as an elective.

  • 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.  This category reflects the unusual and extraordinary experiences for study, practice, and application outside of the standard curriculum. For a college student to pursue these types of experiences especially in the first two years requires initiative and vision. Arts would additionally require that these options be pre-approved by a faculty committee, and include a summary, reflection, exhibition or performance at the conclusion.  The Arts deems that these are appropriate honors level expectations and anticipates monitoring the success of these options.

Possibilities for 3 Units:

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): Arts Honors students completing an Honors Contract graduate with honors in the Arts.

Application: 

  1. Faculty advisor signature
  2. Arts Honors Advisor signature (Ed Quinn, the Arts Honors Advisor is located in 254G Sullivant Hall, 614-292-6961)
  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)

Please see Ed Quinn (quinn.142@osu.edu) for the Non-Traditional Unit Application.

Process of Monitoring Arts Honors Contracts:

The Arts Honors Faculty Committee made up of faculty from each of the seven arts units (Art, Art Education, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre) will review Honors contracts every Spring Semester. Students in their sophomore year will submit an Honors contract by the Friday of finals week Autumn Semester. The Honors Faculty Committee will work with the Arts advisors to maintain current lists of departmental Honors majors and work against that list in checking advising reports and sophomore year applications for Honors contracts. Students who find they might need to revise their contract may do so with the Contract Revision Form and submit it to 114 University Hall. At the end of each academic year, the committee makes recommendations on students continuing in the program. Each year Arts Honors students receive a letter regarding their status in the program: either reaffirmed or not.

Staffing of program (Honors Committee, Honors Advisors, Faculty Mentors, etc.)

The program will retain its committee made of up faculty from among the seven arts units that oversees the following:

  • Conferring of with distinction and with honors in the Arts.
  • Progress of students: each spring the committee reviews the academic progress of students and informs them through email and a stamped, U.S. mail letter of their continuance or non-continuance in the program.
  • Ed Quinn is the Arts Honors Advisor, and his office is located in 245G Sullivant Hall.  Please call (614) 292-6961 to make an appointment.
  • Administrative Liaison for the Committee who serves as director of the program.

 

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