Honors Program FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Honors
- Isn't Honors for just really, really smart students?
- What classes can I take?
- What are Colloquiums?
- How do I apply to be in the Honors Program?
- Will it be on my transcript?
- Will an employer care about it?
- Will it help me when I transfer?
- Will transfer colleges recognize the Honors classes?
- Can I just take an Honors class if I'm not a member of the Honors Program?
- Will it hurt my GPA?
Many things! It is classes, activities and a community of students. It's a group of eager students and experienced faculty who seek challenging learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. It is a way for you to maximize your educational opportunities at Cincinnati State. It is a set of classes that will open your mind and engage your curiosity about the world.
We offer most of your general education required classes as Honors classes, such as English Composition and Psychology. Some divisional required classes are offered as well, such as Management and A&P.
These are classes that focus on selected interdisciplinary topics in a seminar format, emphasizing student inquiry, critical thinking, and critical analysis of material. We have offered classes on topics as varied as "The art and Science of Science Fiction", "Issues in Human Sexuality" and "Experiencing Spring Grove."
You must meet minimum requirements for COMPASS test scores and/or GPA. You must complete an application, write a short essay and submit two recommendations.
Yes, any classes taken as Honors will be designated on your transcript.
Employers will notice that you were willing to take on extra challenges and responsibilities. And, it is possible to do Honors Co-op.
Participating in the Honors Program can boost your academic resume, and it may help in getting scholarships. Students who have had Honors classes experience less "transfer shock" to their GPAs. You will be better prepared to do junior level work at your transfer institution. And it may assist with obtaining scholarships.
Definitely! Our program is based on the standards of the National Collegiate Honors Council. We have signed articulation agreements with the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, and are working to bring other colleges on board as well.
Yes! You may take an Honors class with the permission of the instructor or the Honors Program Chair. However, Honors Program students will have priority in registering for the class.
The classes do emphasize different approaches to assessment of learning, but the grading standards are not "harder." The expectations for your learning are higher. How will it help you? You will be in classes with other highly motivated students, sharing the same high expectations. You will be challenged, engaged, learn more and enjoy it a whole lot!
Still have questions?
Contact us for more information about the Honors Program at Cincinnati State. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (513) 569-1646, or contact the Office of Admission at (513) 569-1491.