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Honors Program

Seize opportunities with the Honors Program

The Honors Program at Cincinnati State welcomes academically talented students who are looking for educational challenges, and who wish to go beyond the classroom to explore fresh ideas and new areas of interest.

The Honors Program is open to all degree-seeking students who meet the program entrance criteria. Cincinnati State offers scholarships and financial aid earmarked specifically for students in the Honors Program.

Benefits to students: Reach deeper, stretch wider

Students in the Honors Program participate in challenging coursework, with close student-instructor interactions, and interdisciplinary and intercultural explorations.

The goals of the program are to develop intellectual curiosity and analytical thinking, interdisciplinary understanding of academic content, social and community responsibility, cultural and international awareness, and leadership skills and personal growth.

Other benefits for Honors Program students are:

  • Enroll in specially-designed Honors courses
  • Study and learn with other highly motivated students
  • Work closely with supportive advisors and staff
  • Use the Honors study room
  • Supplement your studies with cultural and social activities on campus and in the Greater Cincinnati Community
  • Participate in Honors Co-op
  • Receive recognition at Commencement and on your college transcript as an Honors Program participant

Honors Courses and Colloquiums

Honors courses are offered in general studies areas that apply to many degree programs, and in areas that may apply to a specific degree. The number of Honors courses available depends on your degree program or major; however, Honors Program students are expected to take Honors classes, including at least one colloquium.

Honors specially-designed versions of courses that are offered throughout the year include:

  • Orientation to Honors (replaces the First Year Experience required course)
  • English Composition 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Public Speaking
  • American History 1 and 2
  • Literature courses, include Novel, Short Story, and Poetry
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Urban Agriculture

Multi-disciplinary colloquiums are Honors courses designed to enhance critical thinking and critical analysis while examining varied materials in a seminar format. Some past topics of Honors colloquiums include:
  • Wilderness and Wildness
  • The Art of Science and of Science Fiction
  • Storytelling and Technology
  • The Origins of Punk Rock Music
  • The History of American Education
  • Examining Parent and Child Relationships

Activities & Events

Students in the Honors Program participate in a variety of cultural, social, scientific, and community-building activities and events. Students must attend at least four events in an academic year to maintain "active" status in the Honors Program. The cost of events is covered by the Honors Program when possible.

Joining the Honors Program

The Honors Program at Cincinnati State is open to all full-time and part-time degree seeking students in all divisions who meet Honors Program entrance criteria.

  • For a new student entering Cincinnati State, must have one of the following:
    • ACCUPLACER scores of Writeplacer 5 or above, Reading 260 or above, and Math at program level)
    • High school GPA of 3.25 or higher
    • High school rank in top 20 percent
    • ACT score of 26
  • For a current student:
    • Must have a College GPA of 3.25 after completing at least 12 academic semester credits
  • For a transfer student from another college/university:
    • Must have a college GPA of 3.25 after completing at least 12 academic semester credits

All students applying for the Honors Program must submit two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their academic potential and performance in a teaching/learning environment.

Honors Application

To apply to the Honors Program, fill out the online application. Applications are reviewed as they are received; there is not a specific deadline.

Honors Program Scholarship

Incoming (new) students and current Honors Program students may apply for the Honors Program scholarship.


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