Carolyn M. Small Honors Program
Defiance College’s Honors Program allows you to enrich your education through academic
challenge, professional experience, and research or creative expression. As an Honors
student, you will enjoy the following rich opportunities provided through faculty
and professional collaboration.
- You will conduct in-depth discovery in an academic area in which you are most passionate.
- As a freshman, you will participate in an Honors seminar prior to the start of fall
- You will partner with a faculty member who will mentor you.
- You will have your own Honors Capstone committee (similar to a graduate committee)
that will help you develop an academic and professional framework of support as you
enter your career or graduate school.
- You will be supported as you transition knowledge to application in a real-world setting
through an internship and through professional mentoring.
- As an Honors student, you will be able to engage in academically-focused international
The DC Honors Advantage
- Honors Capstone
The Honors Capstone enhances the student’s undergraduate research experience. Working
with a Defiance College faculty research advisor, the Honors Program Director, and
1-2 professionals with practical expertise the Honors student’s academic research
will connect to actual trends and practices in the specific profession or disciplinary
field. Students will gain experience and academic expertise simultaneously as they
design and implement their Honors Capstone project.
For students accepted into the Honors Program, Freshmen Honors Seminars are designed
to prepare students for research and a future Honors Capstone project. Seminars are
led by faculty from various disciplines.
Honors students identify opportunities for internships and off-campus experiences
directly related to their Honors Capstone. They also identify a faculty mentor as
well as professional mentors to serve on their Capstone committee. A Capstone committee
is similar to thesis or dissertation committees common in graduate studies, offering
you advanced experiences that will prepare you for graduate work if you choose to
pursue advanced studies.
Juniors engage in a series of preparatory readings from a researcher or author and
host a dialog with the expert.
In their senior year, Honors students present their completed Capstone in a professional
- Honors Contract Courses
These Honors courses build both academic and skill foundations to support one’s research.
The courses also allow for greater opportunities for individual faculty interaction.
Honors Contract Courses are designated on student transcripts.
- Discussions and Debates
The Honors Program has bi-monthly meetings hosting various speakers, films, and/or
debates focused on current issues - open to all Honors students for an exchange of
- Cultural Experiences
The Honors Program provides opportunities such as theater/musical performances, and
an annual international tea for students to experience culture and the arts.
- Student Governance
The Honors Program empowers students to take leadership roles in student governance
of the program.
- International Travel
The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to travel internationally with
a partial scholarship annually. Travels have included trips to - Italy, Jamaica, France,
England, the Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Hungary, Austria, Greece, Ireland, Czech
- Conferences and Symposia
The Honors Program develops professional skills by supporting students to present
at national conferences and campus symposia.
More about the Honors Symposium
Mary Ann Studer
Dean of the McMaster School