The Honors Distribution

While your major will provide you with in depth education in a particular field, your honors distribution is meant to ensure that your education has breadth. Honors students are exempt from general education requirements for undergraduates. Instead, honors students complete the Honors Distribution, which asks you to select 38 semester credits within four disciplines: Humanities, Languages and the Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences.

To maximize your opportunities and capitalize on your developing interests, it is better that you spread these courses among the four or five years of your program here, rather than take them all at once. With the guidance of your honors faculty advisor, you submit a balanced plan to complete the Honors Program's distribution requirement. This plan needs to be completed before the end of your second semester in the program. After the Honors Council has approved your plan, you may propose changes by consulting with your honors faculty advisor and submitting a revision request form.

When a course you have selected for your distribution requirement is available in an honors section, you are strongly recommended to take that section. In case of scheduling conflict, either postpone the distribution requirement course to another semester or adjust your selection of major courses to permit you to take the honors section. A list of honors sections offered each semester will be provided on this web site before registration begins.

Credits earned by Advanced Placement (AP) Test scores, transfer credits, bypass credits, and credits earned while in high school through Ohio's post-secondary option program may be used to satisfy parts of the distribution requirement. However, at least one class in each Group must be from a college classroom experience (as opposed to AP, IB, CLEP, Bypass Credit, Military Credit, ...).

See your honors advisor to complete the Honors Distribution Form.

Transient Permission:

The transient permission form for students for courses being applied to the Honors Distribution is available for download (Word document).

Honors Distribution Summary

6 or more credits in courses offered in these departments:

2040 Black Experience
3200 Classical Studies
3230:251 Human Diversity
3240 Archaeology (depending on course)
3400 History
3400 Humanities in the Western Tradition
3400 World Civilizations
3510 Latin
3600 Philosophy
3001 Woman's Studies
3002 Pan-African Studies


  • 3200 – Classical Studies: These courses do not require knowledge of classical languages.
  • 3510 – Latin: May be used to satisfy a college or department language requirement. Check with your Honors Faculty Advisor.
  • 3600 – Philosophy: At least one course is recommended for all Honors students.

3 credits of 3300:112 or higher, and 3 additional credits in courses offered in any of the other departments:

3300 English
3500 Modern Language (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese)
3520 French
3530 German
3550 Italian
3570 Russian
3580 Spanish
7700 Sign Language
7800 Theatre
7900 Dance
2020:222 Technical Report Writing (with restrictions)


  • 3500 – Modern Languages: Courses must be at an appropriate level as determined by previous courses taken, UA placement tests, Advanced Placement scores, or interview. Beginners should take at least two semesters in order to obtain some useful proficiency.
  • 7500 – Music: Courses within 7510, Music Organizations, are not included. Private music lessons, 7520, are included.
  • 7600:106 – Effective Oral Communication: not accepted for Honors Distribution credit. Instead, 7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking-Honors is permissible, but not regular sections of that course.
  • 7700 – Sign Language: At least two semesters should be completed.

6 or more credits in courses offered in these departments:

2040:242 American Urban Society
2040:256 Diversity in American Society
2040:240 Human Relations
3230 Anthropology
3240 Archaeology (depending on course)
3250 Economics
3350 Geography and Planning
3700 Political Science
3750 Psychology
3850 Sociology
3006 Life-span Development/Gerontology

4 or more credits in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Statistics, and 6 or more credits in science courses offered in these departments, including at least one lab:

3010 Environmental Science
3100 Biology
3150 Chemistry
3230:151 Human Evolutions
3370 Geology
3450 Mathematics (135 or higher)
3270 Statistics
3460 Computer Science
3650 Physics


  • A science lab is required.
  • 3450 – Mathematics: You may select 3450:135, 140, 145, or a higher course.
  • 3460 – Computer Science: These course are not included: 3460:125, 126, 127.
  • 3100 – Biology: Two-semester sequence with laboratory is recommended.
  • 3150 – Chemistry: Two-semester sequence with laboratory is recommended.

A total of 38 or more credits is required -- that is, at least 8 credits in addition to the sum of the minimums required in the four groups. At least one “traditional” college class must be completed in each of the 4 groups; therefore, AP, bypassed, CLEP, IB credit, etc. cannot totally fulfill any one Honors Distribution group.

If a course you select is offered as an Honors section, that is the section you are to take. In cases of scheduling conflict, postpone until you can schedule honors sections.