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An honors program to call their own

Beginning this fall, students will be able to participate in honors coursework at BGSU Firelands and, eventually, earn associate and bachelor’s degrees with University Honors.

Students may choose to remain at BGSU Firelands and pursue one of the nine bachelor’s degrees available there or transfer to the main campus and seamlessly continue with that highly regarded honors program. As an extension of the main campus program, University Honors at BGSU Firelands will specifically recognize the best and brightest on the Firelands campus.

“We realize that we have high achieving students at Firelands, and those students need the challenge that an honors program will give them,” said Paul Moore, biology professor and director of the main campus honors program.

Honors classes have been offered at BGSU Firelands, but now the program will include requirements for honors degrees. In addition to coursework, students must complete an honors project in their field of study and maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average. Some of the 600 main campus honors students have done projects that range from art portfolios to independent scientific research — and similar opportunities will be available for Firelands honors students.

Chris Fluckinger, psychology instructor and coordinator of the new honors program, said recruitment activities are ongoing, and the goal is to attract about two dozen students to start.

“It’s not unusual for regional campuses to have some kind of honors program,” Fluckinger said. “But those programs are usually set up with the expectation that students will finish their degrees at the main campus.” The new program recognizes that many Firelands students want an honors program but need the flexibility the Huron campus offers.

Honors applicants will typically have a high school or college GPA of 3.5 or higher, including minimum standardized test scores, and must complete an application and essay. Fluckinger said all interested students — including nontraditional students who might not have standardized test scores — are encouraged to apply.

Those interested in exploring honors opportunities at BGSU Firelands should contact Fluckinger at 419-372-0656.