Honors Program

Honors Program

Mission

The honors program at Oakland City University is committed to academic excellence and preparing students for leadership in their professions and service within their communities. The program is based on the following guiding principles: first, that Christian ethics should guide both individual actions and public policy; second, that the free enterprise system and free markets produce outcomes that enhance individual freedom and best provide for the general welfare; third, that servant leadership establishes the best model for public service by promoting the interests of others; and fourth, that Western Civilization promotes a society based upon individual liberty, equality, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

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Program Description

Honors courses mine more educational value from the work that is assigned by providing a richly interactive environment in which students engage in discussion, debate, and critical analysis and synthesis of ideas. Honors courses provide opportunities for students to demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and principles in new situations, recognize unstated assumptions, make accurate judgments about the value of a work and the suitability of evidence to support ideas. Lastly, honors courses develop students’ effectiveness in both oral and written communication.

Program Requirements

Honors Level
To be considered for unconditional admission to the Honors Level, students must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Freshman – Entering freshmen must score a composite of 22 or above on the ACT or a composite of 1100 or above on the SAT.
  2. Sophomores must have completed 30 semester hours with a 3.25 Cumulative GPA.

Students within the Honors Level must meet the following requirements to maintain membership in the honors program:

  1. Students must maintain a 3.25 Cumulative GPA and full-time status
  2. Freshmen and Sophomores must successfully complete at least one 3- or 4-hour course within the Foundational Core or the student’s major for honors credit each academic year.
  3. Freshmen and Sophomores must meet one of the following requirements each semester:
    1. Successfully complete a 3- or 4-hour course within the Foundational Core or the student’s major for honors credit.
    2. Complete a public service project within the University or the community.
    3. Complete an Internship or Practicum with the student’s major.
    4. Participate in an approved experiential learning activity for academic credit.
      Scholar's Level

      To be considered for unconditional admission to the Scholars Level, students must have completed a minimum of sixty semester hours or be scheduled to complete a minimum of sixty semester hours before the start of the next long semester and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.

      Students within the Scholars Level must meet the following requirements to maintain membership in and graduate from the honors program:

      1. Students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
      2. Students must successfully complete one of the required Honors Core courses each semester.
      3. Students must meet the following requirements each semester:
        1. Successfully complete a 3- or 4-hour course within the Foundational Core or the student’s major for honors credit.
        2. Complete a public service project within the University or the community.
        3. Complete an Internship or Practicum with the student’s major.
        4. Participate in an approved experiential learning activity for academic credit.

      Course Descriptions for Honors Core Classes

      BUS 232 Business Economics in the Global Economy (3 hours)

      This course utilizes economic theory to analyze and understand optimal business decisions. Topics include t􀄶e characteristics of cost and demand curves and the principles of profit maximizing pricing. The course explores different market structures and their consequences for business decisions. The macroeconomic environments, national and global, are also covered. Related questions addressed are: Why does an economy grow overtime? What causes recessions and unemployment? Why do we have financial crises, and why are they potentially so damaging? Are government deficits detrimental or beneficial, and under what conditions? What determines changes in interest rates, the rate of inflation, and the foreign exchange rate, and what are the consequences of such changes? (Same as BUS 302.)

      MGT 462 Servant Leadership (3 hours)

      This course examines the concept of servant leadership from the perspective of leadership theory and applied doctrine integration. Servant leadership is examined from the history, dynamics and expectations of a servant leader. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of servant leadership and how influence can move people to perform at increasingly higher levels in a dynamic and changing world.

      GOV 453 Western Political Thought (3 hours)

      A comprehensive study of the ideas and ideologies that have shaped the Western World and have influenced the non-Western World, emphasizing political theories that contributed to capitalism, liberalism,, socialism, communism, and fascism. Same as HIS 453. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing

      PHIL 301 Christian Ethics (3 hours)

      This course is an introduction to the field of Christian ethics, addressing various approaches in biblical and theological ethics. Attention will be given to the history of Christian ethics. Application of approaches to a variety of social issues will be considered.
      Prerequisite: PHIL220.

      Program Applications

      More Information

      For more information about Oakland City University’s Honors Program, please contact Dr. Sarah Wilson at swilson@oak.edu.

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