Carolyn M. Small Honors Program
DC'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
is committed to providing you with a support system that will promote strong academics
and offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities.
Every April, we celebrate the academic achievement of Defiance College honor students
at the Honors Night Awards. This year's program is on April 26.
As an Honors student, you are eligible to compete for a full-tuition scholarship.
All who compete and do not receive full-tuition will receive a $1,000 Honors scholarship.
Thematic seminars introduce the exploration of concepts across disciplines and give
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.
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.
As an Honors student, you have the option of participating in priority registration
to secure the classes that you want for each semester. You will also have priority
selection for internship opportunities.
You will attend monthly meetings hosting various speakers, films, and/or debates focused
on current issues. These are open to all Honors students for an exchange of ideas.
You will have the opportunity to experience various cultures and the arts by attending
theater/musical performances and participating in our annual international tea.
The Honors student executive committee empowers students to take leadership roles
as they collaborate with the Honors director to design programming and events.
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
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 DC with an Honors distinction on diplomas.
Agnes I. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Director of the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program