Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

The Honors College

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(248) 370-4450



Dean: Graeme Harper, DCA Ph.D. FRGS FRSA FRAI

Assistant Dean: Anne M. Jackson, M.A., L.P.C. 

Administrative Assistant: Karen Conn

Executive Secretary: Sheri Rourke 

Secretary: Michelle Brennecke

Honors College Academic Advisers:

Senior Academic Adviser: Meagan Richard, M.A. 

Academic Adviser: Jenna Przeslawski, M.A., L.P.C. 

Academic Adviser: Shaunda Mankowski, M.A., L.P.C.

The Honors College was established to provide highly motivated students an intellectually stimulating community, as well as exceptional opportunities for leadership and involvement. The curriculum offers a distinctive undergraduate experience that integrates the sciences, the professional fields and the arts through research, colloquia, creative activities, scholarly and extra-curricular activities, as well as collaboration within the university and larger community. It offers specially designed general education requirements, and a personalized Honors plan of study. Students applying admitted to The Honors College must first be admitted to or enrolled at Oakland University. Courses with the HC prefix are open only to students who have been accepted into The Honors College.

Departmental majors

Each student must complete a departmental major in the College of Arts and Sciences or a prescribed course of study in the School of Business Administration, the School of Education and Human Services, the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing or the Bachelor of Integrative Studies.

General education requirements of The Honors College and a Personalized Honors Plan of Study

The Honors College offers selected core general education courses, from this catalog, as designed for student needs or determined by proposals submitted by faculty and accepted by an Honors College committee. Specific offerings for each semester may be found on SAIL and on The Honors College website.  Specific requirements for graduation of The Honors College will be confirmed by an Honors College Academic Adviser by way of a Personalized Honors Plan of Study.

1. The student must successfully complete HC 1000  and at typically two Honors College core courses, based on the personalized Honors Plan of Study.

2. Honors College Aspire or Presidential Aspire. Aspire is a zero credit course that tracks HC involvement and is reflected on the students’ transcript. The Honors Personalized Plan will confirm the number of courses in this area.

3. The student must successfully complete at least one approved General Education course in each of the 10 knowledge areas that are not covered by the HC core courses taken.

4. The student must complete an approved writing intensive course in General Education Requirements , (which may be satisfied by choosing an HC 2020 ), a writing intensive course in the major, a diversity course and a capstone. These four requirements may be met by courses that double-count in other general education areas or in the major.

5. The student must complete a foreign language requirement as determined in consultation with an Honors Academic Adviser in the personalized Honors Plan of Study.

6. The student must successfully complete HC 3900 .

7. The student must complete a senior thesis.

Note: Honors College requirements partially replace university general education requirements and replace Exploratory requirements for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Honors College Involvement

  •     10 hours per year of involvement outside of the classroom
  •     One HC event per year which may count toward involvement hours
  •     Meet with an HC advisor at least once each academic year for creation of a personalized Honors College plan of study

Academic Advisement

The student must maintain yearly requirements in the Honors College. Academic Advisement Guidelines are available from Honors College Academic Advisers  and in the Honors College Student Information Google Site.

Honors thesis

Each Honors College student will successfully complete a major scholarly work or creative project under the guidance and supervision of a faculty mentor. The Honors College Thesis can be awarded as Thesis (Pass), Thesis (with Distinction) or Thesis (with Distinction and a Thesis Award in a particular field). The Honors College thesis/project provides a unique opportunity to work at length on a project designed to contribute to the student’s field of expertise and enhance their level of research or creative practice experience. Students complete individual theses, but can choose to work individually or in a team.

A minimum grade-point average of 3.50 is required for graduation with Honors College designation. The diploma indicates that the student is a graduate of The Honors College.


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