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Information for Faculty

Ohio Northern actively encourages faculty to become involved in the Honors Program. This page is intented to provide faculty with guidelines and instructions for helping advise honors students, as well as designing seminar programs to fulfill the requirements of the ONU Honors Program.

Advising an Honors Program Student

First-Year Honors Seminar

  • An Honors Program student should be registered for HONR 100: First Year Honors Seminar during the Fall Quarter of his or her first year of participation in the Honors Program.

Honors Seminar

  • An Honors Program student must complete three (3) additional Honors Seminars (HONR xxx) during his or her college career.
  • An Honors Program student with a tight schedule needs to consider what General Education requirements, if any, a particular Honors Seminar fulfills in his or her college and/or department.
  • Here is the schedule of Current Seminars
  • Please contact the Director, Patrick Croskery, with any questions you may have on requirements.

Contract Courses

  • Two (2) existing courses at the 300-level or higher must be completed with contracts.
  • The contracts do not provide more credit hours for a course, but rather agreement on the part of the student to complete work in greater depth.
  • Contract proposals are initiated by the student with guidance from the instructor, and a copy of the final contract is placed on file for review by the Honors Program Committee no later than the second week of the term of enrollment.
  • The course instructor certifies completion of the contract at the time of reporting final grades.
  • The Contract Course Form can be found here.

Honors Projects

  • The Honors Project will be a major research, performance, or creative endeavor, guided by a full-time faculty member.
  • The project must be approved by the department/college by the end of the term prior to the term of project completion.
  • Each student must give an announced, public presentation of the completed Honors Project.


  • For more information, please consult the Catalog (pages 36-39) or the Honors Program Director, Patrick Croskery (-2197,

Guidelines for Honors Seminar Design

Seminar Level

  • Seminars should have minimal or no prerequisites.
  • Students in the Honors Program come from four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, and Pharmacy.
  • Honors Seminars will normally be at the same level as other courses designed to meet General Education requirements.
  • [Advanced work in the Honors Program is done in the Contract Courses and the Honors Projects.]

Seminar Topics
A wide variety of approaches are compatible with the Honors Seminar format, including (but not limited to):

  • An interdisciplinary interest that links your primary field of research with another field, such as ethics, or history, or literature.
  • A new approach to one of your standard subjects
  • An area of expertise that you wish to explore that is not in your ordinary teaching rotation.

Guidelines for Design

  • Class meetings must be discussion-intensive.
  • Through projects, paper presentations, etc., students will be actively involved in the life of the seminar.
  • Students will write frequently; papers and essay examinations are expected.

Enrollment & Grading

  • Honors Seminars will have an enrollment limit of 15.
  • Students not in the Honors Program may enroll in an Honors Seminar on a space available basis upon approval of the instructor.
  • Honors Seminars will be graded on the A-F scale.

Approval Process

  • Approval of Seminars will be required both from the department/college proposing the Seminar and the Honors Program Committee; department/college approval is completed before Honors Program Committee approval.
  • Faculty are strongly encouraged to have course proposals approved as early as possible to allow coordination on scheduling between the home department/college and the Honors Program Committee.
  • In particular, course proposals can be approved this year even if you will not be able to teach the course next year.
  • Faculty whose courses have been approved are in a good position to compete for Summer Faculty Development grants to assist in final seminar development.