Northwestern's Honors Program makes some changes

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Northwestern's Honors Program makes some changes

 July 12, 2012

A few changes have been made to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Honors Program. Dr. Sheila Brintnall, chair of the honors committee, announced the alterations after a study by the committee.

New requirements call for all honors students to take the same special topics course each semester of the first two years of college for a total of 12 hours of academic credit. These courses will change each semester depending on current events and interests of students and faculty. Each course will satisfy a general education requirement and be taught by selected Northwestern faculty members.

The first course this fall will be Presidential Elections taught by Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history.

During years three and four, Brintnall said honors students will do independent projects each semester, working closely with a faculty member in their area of study. This could be a service learning project, taking the Leadership Northwestern course or taking an Oklahoma Scholar-Leader Enrichment Program (OSLEP) course.

“In the past, honors students selected a class from the regular schedule and worked independently with the instructor on an honors component,” Brintnall said. “This new format will allow honors students to get to know each other, work together and form a more cohesive unit.”

Acceptance into the honors program depends on a student’s composite ACT score (27 or higher), a written essay and a letter written on the student’s behalf by a person who has served in a mentoring capacity to that student.
Students interested in learning more about the honors program may contact Brintnall at