Honors Program | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Capital Honors Program 

    Honors Program Mission Statement

    The Capital University Honors Program supports the university’s mission by recruiting, challenging and supporting highly motivated and academically strong students. Through experiences both within and outside of the classroom, Honors Students develop and demonstrate intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and the ability to contribute to the knowledge base in their discipline. Honors students complete the program prepared for professional and personal lives characterized by a commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.

    Honors Program Learning Outcomes 

    • Intellectual curiosity – graduates will be able to demonstrate an appreciation for learning outside of the classroom.
    • Critical thinking – graduates will be able to evaluate problems, major issues, debates, or approaches appropriate to a discipline(s).
    • Knowledge creation – graduates will be able to synthesize complex information and meaningfully contribute to a discipline(s).  


    To remain in good standing and graduate from the Honors Program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. 

    • At least four (4) Honors courses including an Honors FYS course; Sophomore, Junior and Senior level courses that meet Signature Learning goals; and up to one (1) Honors course within the major (minimum of 3 credits).
    • An Honors Capstone Project (HONS 305 and HONS 405 – 4 credits)
      This is a junior or senior level capstone experience. Students complete a research or creative project on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a Capital University faculty member. Capstone projects must be approved by a thesis committee (advisor and department chair) as well as the Honors Committee. Honors students are required to present their final Honors Project at the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship and/or a regional or national professional meeting.
    • An Immersive Experience (study abroad/study away, internship, short-term service-learning travel)
      Honors students are expected to participate in at least one of these university-sanctioned activities. Honors students will be expected to complete a learning portfolio based on their experience. See the Learning Portfolio Guidelines.
    • At least 3 Honors Program co-curricular activities per year
      Junior and Senior level Honors Students are expected to help plan and organize these activities.


    • Course registration priority
    • Honors cluster housing and eligibility to live in the Honors House after first year
    • Honors Program Director available as supplemental adivsor
    • Leadership opportunities in the Honors Student Council
    • Participation in co-curricular activities specifically planned for Honors students 


  • Honors Co-Curricular Participation

    One of the learning outcomes of the Honors program is for students to demonstrate an appreciation for learning outside of the classroom. Participation in co-curricular activities will allow students to explore the many ways to share and gain knowledge beyond a traditional academic setting.

    First name

    Last name:

    Email address:

    Name of activity:

    Date of activity:
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    Describe the co-curricular event you attended and what you learned as a result of attending.

    Describe how you might apply what you learned in order to achieve your future personal, academic and/or career goals.

    Evidence of participation (e.g., upload a selfie from an event or a PDF of the event program).