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Sinclair Honors Program

Honors Program


Semester Declaration Due Date
A and Full Term Monday, September 16 by 12:00 p.m.
12 Week Term Monday, October 7 by 12:00 p.m.
B Term Wednesday, October 30 by 12:00 p.m.
The Sinclair Honors Program is designed to meet the needs of students who seek intellectual challenges and are willing to assume more responsibility for their learning experience. Realizing every student is different, the Honors Program has several options available to allow students to reach their academic goals.
Graduating with Honors - You do not have to take classes for Honors, be a member of Phi Theta Kappa, or be involved in the Sinclair Honors Program in any way to receive Honors Cords at graduation. Honors and high honors for the commencement ceremony are determined by the cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall term. To receive Honors Cords at graduation, a student must have a cumulative grade point average between 3.400 and 3.899. To receive High Honors Cords at graduation, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or better.

Honors Program – The Non-Scholar program is less structured, allowing students to take as few or as many classes for Honors as they like. Minimum GPA of 2.8 to participate. 

Honors Scholars Program – The Scholars Program is a more structured program that requires students to think critically, reflect upon experiences, become involved in the community, and take Honors Classes. The Sinclair Honors Program currently offers four Scholars Paths. Minimum GPA of 3.25 to participate. 

  • Honors Scholars Program - This path does not focus on a particular study area.
  • Global Scholars Program – This path focuses on courses offered through the Global Studies Certificate.
  • International Business Scholar Program- This path focuses on courses offered  through the International Business Certificate (see Global Scholars link for details)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholar Program -This path focuses on courses offered through the Appalachian Studies and Black Studies programs (see Global Scholars link for details)


Honors FAQs

What do students need to do to become Honors Scholars?

Honors Scholars Program Students may apply to become Honors Scholars. Scholars commit to completing four (4) courses for honors and four (4) Honors Experiences while maintaining an overall 3.25 GPA. Two of the four honors courses must be in different disciplines, and one should be an Interdisciplinary course ( See other options for Honors Scholars via Global Scholars link). The interdisciplinary requirement may be waived if courses are taken from four different disciplines. In addition to other financial aid and scholarships.  Students must:

  • demonstrate academic excellence, most commonly by achieving a GPA of 3.25;
  • submit an application form, which includes recommendations from two faculty;
  • have an interview with the Honors Program Director and a member of the Honors Advisory Board;
  • commit to taking at least four courses for Honors credit during their time at Sinclair;
  • commit to participating in 4 Honors Experiences and one Service Learning / Community Service project.

Honors Scholars students are also eligible to take "Honors" only sections of courses when offered. 

What GPA levels are associated with different Honors statuses at Sinclair?
  • A 2.8 cumulative GPA is the minimum required to take a course for Honors credit. As we mentioned above, this doesn't apply to you if you don't have a GPA yet. If you have an established GPA below 2.8, you are not eligible to take a class for Honors. You may qualify for the Fresh Start if you have been away from Sinclair for some time and have returned and been doing well in class during your second attempt here.
  • A 3.25 cumulative GPA is required to enter the Honors Scholars Program. Students who enter the Honors Scholars Program whose GPA drops below 3.25 are considered probationary members.
  • A 3.4 cumulative GPA is required to graduate with Honors from Sinclair. This is a function of the Registrar's Office and may be considered equivalent to magna cum laude graduation.
  • A 3.5 is also required to enter Phi Theta Kappa, with more than 15 credit hours already passed. You do NOT need to be an Honors Scholar or a Phi Theta Kappa member to take honors courses.
  • A 3.9 cumulative GPA is required to graduate with High Honors. This is a function of the Registrar's Office and may be considered equivalent to summa cum laude graduation.
What do students need to do to take courses for Honors?

First of all, you must have a sufficient cumulative GPA (2.8). If you are a new student entering Sinclair for the first time and DO NOT yet have an established GPA, you ARE allowed to take a course for Honors. Almost any class at Sinclair can be taken for Honors, with the instructor's and the department's permission. These classes are hybrid honors (you take the class for Honors while other students are taking it normally), and you will perform extra work above and beyond the course requirements. If you have a 3.25 GPA, you are also eligible to take honors-only sections of courses when they are offered. 

Students must:

  • Have received permission from the course instructor. Instructor permission is an absolute requirement for participation in Honors courses. Please note that not all faculty offer courses for honors. 
  • Fill out an online declaration form (titled "Honors Course Declaration Form").  See the deadline posted on the honors website for each term (usually by the 14th day of the semester).

Sinclair students may enroll in individual Honors courses whether or not they plan to become Honors Scholars. To receive Honors credit, a student must earn a minimum of a "B" in the course. Students who receive a C or less will not receive honors credit for the course but will still receive credit for taking the course. 

If the student has been out of high school for many years, is it still possible to be eligible for the program?

We do NOT look at high school performance for consideration to join the Honors Program. Students have to have two letters of recommendation, and we do allow high school faculty recommendations of incoming students, but you can enter the Honors Program based solely on your performance at Sinclair, and it has been my observed experience that most of our Honors students do just that. I have actually had Honors students tell me they had been told in high school that they were "not Honors material"!

Does a student have to be a full-time student to participate in the Honors Program?

No. Students may be full-time, part-time, distance-learning main campus, and/or at the remote campuses. There are no preconditions to taking courses for Honors except the proper GPA and a willingness to excel!

Is there a curriculum the student must participate in, or is Honors available for all degrees?

Honors courses are available in many disciplines. One Honors course must be interdisciplinary, meaning it must draw from more than one discipline. Humanities courses, by default, are multidisciplinary. Classes that are listed as credit for multiple disciplines (Art History or Musical Styles, for example) are also multidisciplinary by default.

How do I check whether I received Honors credit for a class?

Once a student signs the Registration Eligibility Form to add the Honors component to a class and earns an "A" or "B" in the class, the Honors designation is applied to the official transcript. Students must purchase an official transcript from the Registrar to see the Honors courses completed. If there is a discrepancy, the student should contact the Honors Program Office as soon as possible.

How do I get on the Deans' List?

Sinclair students who take six or more credit hours in a semester and get a GPA over 3.4 with no grades below “C” achieve Deans' List status. Deans' List status is granted every term.

Why should I take Honors classes?

Academic Honors classes offer many rewards, such as:

  • Experience doing undergraduate research
  • Opportunity to participate in Service Learning
  • Academic challenge and personal enrichment
  • Honors designation on your official print transcript
  • Special commendation as an Honors Graduate after completing required courses
  • Attendance at regional meetings of Honors students and faculty from other colleges and universities
  • Better preparation for entering baccalaureate and advanced programs
  • Increased opportunities for financial aid and membership in honor organizations like Phi Theta Kappa
  • Eligibility to apply for the Honors Transfer Scholarships at Honors Programs at various local schools, including Wright State University, University of Dayton, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati
  • Letters of recommendation from honors faculty and honors program director, as requested
  • Access to benefits and programs through the National Collegiate Honors Council. See website: