Honors & Scholars

Ohio State and the College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to creating an environment that promotes the intellectual and personal development of high-ability undergraduate students and offers highly motivated students an enriched academic experience through the integration of curricular and co-curricular programs.

The Arts and Sciences Honors Program offers high-ability students the opportunity to enhance their academic experiences through honors courses, research and dedicated honors academic advising.

The Scholars Programs offer academically motivated students the chance to meet and live with other students who share similar interests.

Arts and Sciences Honors Program

The Honors Program in Arts and Sciences provides high-ability students opportunities to pursue challenging academic programs. Honors students are encouraged to construct an enhanced curriculum that includes honors courses, upper-division courses to meet general requirements, rigorous sequences, honors seminars, a minor, and a strong major, including a significant research experience. 

Students may apply to the Honors Program either before or after enrolling at Ohio State; interested students are encouraged to apply early in their enrollment.

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The Ohio State Scholars Program is comprised of 17 unique living and learning communities designed to provide students the chance to live and learn with others who share similar interests and to complement students' academic experiences. Each of the Scholars programs is centered around a theme or area of study and is open to all students regardless of major. Scholars programs that have an arts and sciences focus include: Arts; Biological Sciences; Humanities; International Affairs; Politics, Society, and Law; and STEM Exploration and Engagement. Students must apply to Scholars when filling out the Common Application for admission to Ohio State.

Arts Scholars

The Arts Scholars program offers students in any major the opportunity to enhance their educational experience through lectures and specialized workshops, group excursions to museums and professional performances, a juried student art exhibition and performance showcase, community involvement, and domestic and international trips. First- year Arts Scholars live in Baker Hall West on South Campus.

Learn more about Graduating with Distinction in the Arts.

For more information about the Arts Scholars program, please contact Cody Grabbe at (614) 292-6084 or via email at grabbe.3@osu.edu.

Biological Science Scholars

The Biological Science Scholars actively explore the world of science through a combination of academic and co-curricular components. Students are exposed to science at Ohio State, career and graduate program opportunities, and innovative research happenings. Although all majors are welcome and many are represented, a large portion of our students are in science fields (Biology, Chemistry, Animal Sciences, Microbiology, Zoology, Neuroscience, etc.), or are considering pre-health graduate programs (medical, dental, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, etc.).

For information about the Biological Sciences Scholars, please contact Melissa Basford at (614) 292-4347 or via e-mail at basford.18@osu.edu.

The Humanities Scholars

The Humanities Scholars program offers students of any major an enriched study of the liberal arts through beyond-the-classroom programs focusing on literature, language, philosophy, history, culture, and other humanities disciplines. Students who enjoy discussing the world and the experiences of humanity will find the Humanities Scholars Program to be an excellent fit.

For more information about the Humanities Scholars Program, please contact program manager Ben Fortman at (614) 688-5457 or via email at fortman.24@osu.edu.

The International Affairs (IA) Scholars

The International Affairs Scholars program provides rich opportunities for students from all majors who want to gain in-depth understanding of world/global themes, foreign countries, and international affairs. IA Scholars explore global issues through political, social, and economic lenses while also learning about other cultures. Students in the International Affairs program also have the opportunity each year to study abroad as part of the program.

For more information about the International Affairs Scholars Program, please contact program manager Jennifer Shields-McLeod at (614) 292-4952 or via email at shields-mcleod.1@osu.edu.

Politics, Society and Law (PSL) Scholars

The Politics, Society and Law Scholars explore current political and legal issues from a practitioner’s perspective via discussions, debates, off-campus outings, and other activities.  Students explore the role such issues play in society and in related careers including law, journalism, business, education, science, the arts, or any other field of interest.  Guest speakers, debates, and interactive discussions are common, as are behind-the-scenes outings to learn about Ohio’s judicial system, annual election and State of the Union events, and a professional exploration trip to Washington, DC every Spring.

For more information about the PSL scholars, please contact program manager Kevin Freeman at (614) 247-7821 or via e-mail at freeman.259@osu.edu.

STEM Exploration and Engagement (STEM-EE) Scholars

The STEM Exploration and Engagement Scholars program welcomes students with interests or potential majors in any of the STEM fields, including chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, data analytics, engineering, math, actuarial science, or exploration. Students engage in STEM tutoring, experiment development, and volunteering within the local community, while exploring the many diverse STEM careers and reflecting on how this diversity is essential in addressing scientific questions. Incoming students who are particularly interested in the outreach and career exploration components are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the STEM-EE Scholars Program, please contact program manager Sarah Eulitt at (614) 292-5788 or via email at eulitt.2@osu.edu.