Carolyn M. Small Honors Program                                

Defiance College’s Honors Program allows you to enrich your education through academic challenges that are supported by an active cohort of peers and faculty mentors. The Honors Program at Defiance College is committed to providing you with a support system that will promote strong academics and offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities. As a Honors student, you will experience the DC Honors Advantage.

 The DC Honors Advantage

  • Honors Thematic Seminars - Freshman/Sophomores
    Thematic Seminars introduce the exploration of concepts across disciplines and gives students the ability to engage in inquiry, both in and out of the classroom.  Specific courses will go to Chicago using The Chicago Center for weekend immersions.

  • Honors Option Courses - Juniors/Seniors
    As a DC Honors student, you can work with your professors to develop honors courses that build academic knowledge, skills, and experience in courses you choose. These courses allow for greater opportunities for one-on-one student and faculty interaction. Honors Option Courses are designated on a student’s transcript.

  • Priority Registration
    As an Honors student, you have the option of participating in priority registration to secure the classes that you want for each semester.

  • Discussions and Debates
    As an Honors student, you will attend monthly meetings hosting various speakers, films, and/or debates focused on current issues - open to all Honors students for an exchange of ideas.

  • Cultural Experiences
    As an Honors student, you will have the opportunity to experience various cultures and the arts by attending theater/musical performances, and participating in an annual international tea.

  • Student Governance
    The Honors Student Executive Committee empowers students to take leadership roles as they collaborate with the Honors Director to design programming and events.

  • Conferences and Symposia
    The Honors Program further enhances professional skill development by supporting students to present at national conferences and campus symposia. Additionally, Honors students may choose to partner with faculty members on research and other experiential learning opportunities.

  • Graduating Honors Students
    Short biographies of all graduating members of the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program will be featured in the Commencement Program to recognize their achievements during their time at Defiance College.

More about the Academic Colloquium


Mary Ann Studer
Dean, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity
Director, Carolyn M. Small Honors Program

Brad Harsha

Assistant Dean, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity


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