• Capital Honors Program

    Honors Program Mission Statement

    The Capital University Honors Program supports the university’s mission of transforming lives through higher education by recruiting, challenging and supporting highly motivated and academically strong students. Breadth of knowledge is achieved through the Honors Program course of study. Depth of knowledge is achieved through independent scholarship activities within a chosen discipline. Honors students engage in service and leadership activities that connect them to the Capital community and the broader world. The Honors Program encourages and supports lifelong learning and personal growth. 

    Honors Program Admission Requirements

    Incoming first-year students
    • ACT composite of at least a 28 or SAT of at least 1250 from the critical reading and math sections of the test
    • Complete an application
    Current Capital students
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as a full-time student at Capital

    Honors Program Requirements

    To graduate from the Honors Program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above or a cumulative GPA in the top 20% for their major and complete: 

    • At least four (4) Honors courses including an Honors FYS course, Sophomore, Junior and Senior level courses that meet Gen Ed learning goals and up to one (1) Honors course within the major (minimum of 3 credits).
    • An Immersive Experience (study abroad/study away, internship, short-term service-learning travel) Honors students are expected to participate in at least one of these university-sanctioned activities. Honors students will be expected to complete a learning portfolio based on their experience.
    • A Departmental Honors Project (Honors 305 and Honors 405). This is a junior or senior level capstone experience. Students complete a research or creative project on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a Capital University faculty member. Capstone projects must be approved by a thesis committee (advisor, department chair or representative and a faculty member from outside of the student’s major department(s)). Honors students are required to present their final Honors Project at the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship and/or a regional or national professional meeting.
    • At least 3 Honors Program co-curricular activities per year. Junior and Senior level Honors Students are expected to help plan and organize these activities.

    To remain in good standing in the honors program, students must remain on-track with all requirements as indicated below:

    • Completion of Honors FYS and 3 honors co-curricular activities within first 30 credits
    • Completion of at least 2 Honors courses and 6 honors co-curricular activities within first 60 credits
    • Completion of at least 3 Honors courses and 9 honors co-curricular activities within first 90 credits
    • Completion of at least 4 Honors courses, an immersive experience, a department Honors Project and 12 honors co-curricular activities before graduation  

    For Honor Students Enrolled Before Fall 2015

    Honors Program requirements for students admitted prior to fall 2015 are different. Please contact honors@capital.edu for more information.