The Honors program consists of courses and enriching learning experiences to help you get the most out of your undergraduate experience.

Introduction to Honors

Fulfill your First Year Experience (FYE) requirement with a 2-credit hour course designed specifically for Honors students.

Honors Conferences and Courses

An Honors conference is an independent study course in which you work with a faculty member to develop and complete a project related to the faculty member's area of expertise. Your Honors conference can be paired with a course you are already taking or taken as a standalone course, and you can earn 1-3 credit hours per Honors conference, depending on how much time you expect to spend on the project each week. You'll present the results of your Honors conference at the Honors Symposium at the end of each semester. You should complete 9-12 credits of Honors conferences during your time at SSU.

Honors Symposium

Each semester, students share the results of their Honors conference projects with their fellow students and with faculty at the Honors Symposium. This gathering, which takes place at the end of each fall and spring term, gives us a chance to recognize your hard work.

Experiential Learning

Each Honors student completes an Experiential Learning endeavor, such as a community service project, internship, or research project. The Honors Program offers up to $1,000 in financial support per student to help you complete your experiential learning requirement.

Co-curricular Experiences

Each semester, Honors students have the opportunity to participate in an off-campus field trip. Past co-curricular experiences include a performance of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a live-streamed performance of the Broadway musical Allegiance, and the theatrical re-release of the 1985 film The Color Purple.

Honors Capstone

To complete your experience in the honors program, you have the option to enroll in the Honors Capstone course, a 3-credit hour course in which you will develop one of your Conference Works into an Honors Capstone project that demonstrates mastery of the Honors Program Learning Outcomes. Or, if your major requires a Capstone course in our department, you'll pair your Capstone course with an Honors conference in which you and a faculty mentor develop an enhanced educational experience.