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Curriculum Sheets

Honors College Requirement Curriculum Sheets are available to help students track their progress towards meeting the Honors College Requirements. Theses sheets can be updated and saved electronically.

Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 Honors College Requirement Curriculum Sheets


Eligibility & Requirements for Incoming High School Students

Honors College Acceptance Information 1st-Year Students 2010-Present

There are several factors involved in deciding who will be accepted into the Honors College (HC) and who will not. Although there are no specific eligibility criteria for applying to the Honors College, most of our students who are accepted into our program share the following attributes:

  1. Received a GPA of at least 3.5 or higher in high school
  2. Received at least 1200 score on the SAT's (math and verbal score)
  3. Was in the top 10% of their graduating class

REQUIREMENTS - Failure to meet these requirements will forfeit the Honors stipend.

  1. HC Advising - First-year students meet with the Dean or an HC advisor once each semester during their first year. At this meeting, the student and the Dean/advisor review the student's academic progress, develop strategies for success, and discuss future academic, scholarship, and leadership opportunities at Old Dominion. Students are also required to meet with their respective college advisors. After the first-year, all HC students must meet with the dean or his assistant once per year (fall or spring semester) until they graduate.

  2. GPA - First-year HC students must earn an overall GPA of at least 3.0 by the end of their first year. After their first year, students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 by the end of their second year and maintain that average throughout their undergraduate college careers. Students must be registered as full-time students.

  3. Our Curriculum - HC students take a minimum of four lower-division honors general education courses. Our general education courses are offered in small-class size settings with some of the best faculty members who emphasize innovation and individualized instruction. Honors courses are not designed to be more difficult or time consuming but to deepen and refine the undergraduate experience.

    Upon reaching the junior/senior year, students work with an ODU faculty member to develop two upper-division (300-400 level) courses with an honors designation; these required courses must earn three or four academic credits. Finally, to enhance their undergraduate portfolio in preparation for graduate school or a profession, HC students are required to complete a one-credit civic-learning project and a three-credit senior colloquium, capstone course, or honors thesis in the Honors College or in their respective major.

  4. Lectures - Notable speakers and artists from a wide spectrum of disciplines and viewpoints are brought to campus each month. HC students enrich their vision of their academic work and the world by attending at least one campus-wide lecture, concert, or workshop each semester.


The last day to apply for admission to the Honors College for the fall semester is April 15. The deadline to accept admittance into the Honors College and to return the Honors College Acceptance of Requirements form is stated in the letter inviting students to join the Honors College.

The last day to apply for admission to the Honors College for the spring semester is October 1. The deadline to accept admittance into the Honors College and to return the Honors College Acceptance of Requirements form is stated in the letter inviting students to join the Honors College.

Honors College Acceptance of Requirements for Current/Transfer Students 2010-Present

Eligibility: The student must be full-time student who is able to complete at least forty-eight additional credit hrs at Old Dominion University; students must have a minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.8. Once accepted into the Honors College, current/transfer students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25 each semester and maintain that average throughout their undergraduate college career.

REQUIREMENTS - Failure to meet these requirements will forfeit the Honors stipend.

  1. HNRS 387 Civic Learning Project (1 credit)

    Description: Students volunteer for 45 hours of work, keep a work-experience journal reflecting on their day-to-day experiences as a volunteer, and write a short paper detailing how the experience helped them to identify, revise, and accomplish future learning and career goals.

  2. Four Honors Courses (3 credits each)

    HNRS General Education courses may be used but are not required to satisfy this requirement. At least two of these courses must be Honors Contract courses. Students may transform any upper-division course into an Honors course. Students and faculty work one-on-one to develop the honors component for honors contract courses.

  3. HNRS 487 Senior Honors Colloquium (3 credits)

    In this interdisciplinary seminar, the goal is to integrate the general education experience with each student's major.

  4. Undergraduate Research Requirement

    Select Two of the Following:
    HRS 226 Research Apprenticeship (3 credits),
    HRS 499 Senior Honors Thesis (3 credits),
    Departmental Honors Thesis/Project (3 credits),
    Poster or Oral Presentation at a National Academic Conference,
    Successful application for and completion of an Undergraduate Research Grant Project

  5. Honors College Requirements - Must meet with dean or his assistant once a year (fall or spring) until they graduate.

  6. Lectures - Notable speakers and artists from a wide spectrum of disciplines and viewpoints are brought to campus each month. HC students enrich their vision of their academic work and the world by attending at least one campus-wide lecture, concert, or workshop each semester.

The last day to apply for admission to the Honors College for the fall semester is April 15. The deadline to accept admittance into the Honors College and to return the Honors College Acceptance of Requirements form is stated in the letter inviting students to join the Honors College.

The last day to apply for admission to the Honors College for the spring semester is October 1. The deadline to accept admittance into the Honors College and to return the Honors College Acceptance of Requirements form is stated in the letter inviting students to join the Honors College.

For additional information, please contact us at Honors College.