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.

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 The DC Honors Advantage

  • Honors Contract Courses

    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 Contract Courses are designated on a student’s transcript.

  • Discussions and Debates

    As a 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 a 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.

  • International Travel

    The Honors Program offers you the opportunity to academically explore an international location with a partial scholarship. Travels have included trips to: the Netherlands, Italy, Jamaica, France, England, Spain, Morocco, Hungary, Austria, Greece, Ireland, Czech Republic, Panama, and Nicaragua.

  • 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.

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Contact Information

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

Phone: 419-783-2555     Email: