The Honors Program at Mansfield University is a 22-credit multi-disciplinary academic program featuring innovative course work, challenging subjects and opportunities for cultural enrichment. This Program is designed for students with a consistent record of academic achievement and a desire for new and exciting learning experiences which allows for students to apply their knowledge across academic disciplines. It is the goal of the Honors Program to provide students with the skills and opportunities to achieve their full potential during their academic career at Mansfield University. Honors students are expected to make continual progress each semester in completing their Honors Program to remain in Good Standing. Mansfield University is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC).
Enrollment in the Honors Program is by the following methodologies:
Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.00 in their Honors courses QPA and overall QPA as well as make continual progress in fulfilling Honors requirements. There are two required events for all Honors students during each academic year. These are the Informational Meetings the first week of both fall and spring semesters. Missing any of these required events, without a reason acceptable to the Honors Program Director, will cause a student to be dismissed from the Honors Program.
After you are admitted you will be assigned to an Honors Advisor and be adopted by a MOHB. The Advisor will assist you with your progress through the program and help with the student’s General Education Program so that it is both relevant to the students' interests and meets graduation requirements. The MOHBs (Mansfield Outstanding Honors Buddy system) will provide student support, fun social activities, and answer day-to-day questions about the Program.
MOHBs stands for Mansfield Outstanding Honors Buddy system and are student groups consisting of 5-7 first-year Honors students and led by one upper-class Honors student. These groups meet 8-10 times a semester and discuss books, workshop research papers, coordinate social activities and carry out service projects. These groups help our first year Honors students "learn the ropes" at Mansfield and provide a group of fellow Honors students to support them through their first year at college.
There are a large number of benefits associated with your membership:
The Honors Program offers a dynamic learning environment that includes unique courses, collaborative and individual research projects and field-based educational experiences. Honors Program students are required to complete FOUR specially-designed core courses, TWO Honors electives, ONE Senior Project Seminar and ONE Senior Honors Research Project Presentation. The electives, representing a cross-section of the liberal arts and sciences, change each semester.
A student whose grades fall below 3.00 in either their Honors QPA or overall QPA is placed on Honors Probation. The student is given ONE semester to improve their Quality Point Average. Should the QPA (overall or Honors) not be raised to a minimum of 3.00 by the following semester, the student may be given a second opportunity IF there are extenuating circumstances. Any student not meeting the minimum QPA (either Honors or overall) at that time is dismissed from the Program. A student who falls below 3.00 in their Honors QPA and does not take an Honors course to raise that QPA would still be below the required standard and therefore be dismissed from the Program. Dismissal from the Honors Program has no impact upon student enrollment at the University. Honors Probation prohibits students from receiving Priority Scheduling or qualifying for any Honors Program awards.
No. We would be sorry to lose any promising academician in the Honors Program especially since the benefits of membership far outweigh the discontinuation of membership. However, we realize that circumstances sometimes dictate otherwise and students must make choices which best serve their interests. If you should decide to leave the Program you would not lose any of your earned Honors credits. Those credits would still appear on your transcript and count as fulfilling General Education requirements.
The Senior Project is an independent study capstone experience which is related to the student’s major. It is initiated by the student to explore an area of interest that transcends traditional academic disciplines. After receiving approval by the Director of the Honors Program, the student works closely with a Faculty Mentor. This project is formally presented at the end of the semester to the campus community. When an Honors student is contemplating the completion of their own Senior Research Project, that student must observe TWO presenters at any session of the Project Presentations. The student may complete this requirement at any time PRIOR to the semester they plan to present their own Project.
For forms related to the Honors Senior Research Project see the links in the right-hand column under Contracts & Forms.
The Honors Program is administered by the Honors Program Director and Honors Council. The Director is appointed by the Provost (Vice-President of Academic Affairs). The Honors Council consists of multiple faculty members from various academic disciplines who act as Honors Program Advisors to Honors Program students. The Honors Program Director is assisted by the Honors Program Secretary. The Secretary handles Honors correspondence, tracks Honors Progress Reports, answers routine questions and monitors student achievements and awards. The Honors Secretary does not advise Honors students, assist in scheduling Honors classes, approve changes to Honors students programs or sign any Honors forms.
For any additional information regarding the Honors Program, contact the Honors Program Director.
All Honors forms and documents can be found on the Honors Desire2Learn site. Once admitted into the Honors Program, you will be added to the Desire2Learn roster and will be able to access these documents. Hard copies of any document can be requested from the Honors secretary.
The most frequently used forms can be found under Contracts & Forms.
Goals: The Mansfield Honors Program seeks to create opportunities for academically accomplished students to create a community of learners within the larger university community. Students will encourage each other’s intellectual curiosity and work with each other to solve problems and address issues they encounter through their research, experience and relationships.
Mission Statement: The Honors Program is designed to bring together talented, motivated students and dedicated faculty in an environment of challenging seminars and courses, research and service opportunities, cultural events and experiential learning events in order to promote breadth, diversity, and intellectual curiosity throughout the student's academic career. The Program fosters close individual contact between students and faculty, and attempts to bring together talented students of varied interests to ask important questions, and use their talents, imaginations and abilities to answer those questions.