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How can we provide innovative educational experiences for our students that are visionary and challenge conventional modes and methods of learning? As a young university, NKU has been at the forefront of innovative practices in higher education. The Honors College seeks to continue in this tradition by offering innovative and unconventional learning opportunities for our students.

The Honors College is excited to offer faculty members an opportunity to think outside of the box and propose alternate learning opportunities for our students. At its core, honors education provides enhanced and enriched learning opportunities for motivated students that are student-centered and engage students in unconventional modes of learning—these can be modular one-credit courses, project-based inquiry workshops, summer learning opportunities, weekend courses or workshops, intersectional and team-taught experiences, study away, study abroad, experimental learning exercises.

Whatever it might be, we would like to hear from you!


Definition of Honors

The National Collegiate Honors Council defines honors education in the following manner:

"Honors education is characterized by in-class and extracurricular activities that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than comparable learning experiences typically found at institutions of higher education. Honors experiences include a distinctive learner-directed environment and philosophy, provide opportunities that are appropriately tailored to fit the institution's culture and mission, and frequently occur within a close community of students and faculty."

At their core, honors courses provide enhanced and enriched learning opportunities for motivated students. Honors classes are student-centered and often engage students in unconventional modes of learning.