Honors students take a series of seminar-style courses with fellow Eclectic Scholars. The courses are based around self-exploration, problem solving, and discussions and projects that span disciplines. By spending time inside and outside of class tackling complex issues, Honors students form a strong cohort and gain an understanding about how their skills and talents within their individual disciplines can cross boundaries.

Enrollment Policies:

Required Courses
Successful completion of these four courses also satisfies a non-team taught interdisciplinary core graduation requirements.
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Honors Privileges:

Students admitted to the program can take advantage of Honors housing, the Eclectic Scholarship, private study space, and may enroll cost-free in one overload course per year with satisfactory academic performance (no grade below a B- in prior term). Also, students are eligible for junior-status registration for one class per semester starting in their second semester at Hiram College, conditional upon their superior academic performance in their first semester and subsequent terms.

Recognition upon Graduation:

Eclectic Scholars Honors students receive the special designation, “in cursu honorum” (in a course of honors), on their diplomas. This is in addition to any other honors earned, such as cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. In order to graduate in cursu honorum, a student must have a GPA of 3.5 at the end of senior year, and successfully complete the Eclectic Honors Capstone Course, as determined by the Eclectic Scholars Advisory Board.

Maintaining Enrollment:

Beginning with students starting the program Fall 2018, scholars are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to remain in the program, an increase from the current 3.3 minimum GPA standard for students entering prior to the 2018-2019 academic year, or a demonstration of exceptional intellectual engagement in or outside the classroom. Students no meeting these criteria will be placed on probation for the following semester, and subsequent low performance will result in removal from the program.

Entering the Program After a Student’s First Year:

Students demonstrating exceptional intellectual engagement are encouraged to explore this program; however, the College reserves the right to limit the size of the program. Students will only be considered for entry into the program as a first or second year student. Interested students should contact a member of the Eclectic Scholars Advisor Board to explore their options.

Code of Conduct:

Academic dishonesty cases with a negative judgment by the Associate Academic Dean's office will result in removal from the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program. This applies to the first offense. Conduct issues emanating from outside of the classroom that draw into question the personal ethics of Eclectic Scholars may also result in removal from this program, as determined via consultation between the Dean of Students Office and the Eclectic Scholars Advisory Board.