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FAQs for the Honors Program

What is the Honors Program?

Honors is many things-- including classes, activities, and a community of students.
  • It's a group of eager students and experienced faculty who seek challenging learning experiences, inside and outside traditional classrooms.
  • It's a way for you to maximize your educational opportunities at Cincinnati State.
  • It's a set of classes that will open your mind and engage your curiosity about the world.

Isn't Honors just for really smart students?

Are you highly curious? Creative? Love to ask thoughtful questions? Do you want to go deeper and stretch wider to reach your potential? If you said "yes," then Honors is for you!

Honors is for thinkers and learners who are willing to take on academic challenges. Honors values creativity and intellectual curiosity. You may be smarter than you think!

What classes do Honors students take?

Through the Honors Program you can complete the general education courses required for most associate's degrees offered at Cincinnati State (classes such as English Composition, Psychology, and History). Some Honors classes cover requirements for students in a particular degree program, such as Honors Principles of Management for students earning business-related degrees, or Honors Anatomy & Physiology for students earning allied health-related degrees.

What are Colloquiums?

Colloquiums are classes that focus on an interdisciplinary topic in a seminar format, with emphasis on student inquiry and analysis of materials, and critical thinking. Past topics for Honors Colloquiums have included "The Art and Science of Science Fiction," "The Origins of Punk Rock Music," and "Experiencing Spring Grove."

How can I get into the Honors Program?

Any Cincinnati State student who meets the minimum requirements for College placement test scores and/or GPA can apply to be in the Honors Program. You must complete an application form, write a short essay, and submit two recommendations. Details are on the Honors Program page.

Will Honors classes show up on my college transcript?

Yes-- the Honors classes and colloquiums you take will be designated as "Honors" on your Cincinnati State transcript.

Will employers care if I'm in Honors?

Employers will notice that you were willing to take on extra challenges and responsibilities. Also, in some degree programs it's possible to participate in an Honors Co-op experience.

Will Honors matter when I transfer?

Participating in the Honors Program can boost your academic resume, and may help in getting scholarships to continue your education after graduating from Cincinnati State. Research shows that students who take Honors classes are better prepared to do junior-level work after transferring to a bachelor's degree program, and these students experience less "transfer shock" to their grade point average.

Will transfer colleges and universities recognize and accept Honors classes from Cincinnati State?

Definitely-- our program is based on the standards of the National Collegiate Honors Council. We have signed articulation agreements (a guarantee that course credits will be accepted) with the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, and we're working on similar agreements with other colleges and universities.

Can I take an Honors class if I'm not part of the Honors Program?

Yes, if you have the permission of the course instructor or the Honors Program Chair. However, Honors Program students have priority in registering for Honors classes and colloquiums.

Will taking Honors classes hurt my GPA?

Honors classes emphasize different approaches to assessment of learning, but the grading standards are not "harder." The expectations for your learning are higher.

How will taking an Honors class help me?

You'll be in a class with other highly motivated students, sharing the same high expectations. You'll be challenged, and engaged. You'll learn more, and enjoy it a lot!

Still have questions?

Contact the Chair of the Honors Program, Dr. Andrea Trapp, at (513) 569-1646 or
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