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Welcome to Ashford's Honors College!


In your new community of academic all-stars, your fellow Honors College students are also intellectually curious and want to use their knowledge to make the world a better place.


Hear Dr. Karen Ivy share some advice.

Dr. Karen Lynne-Daniels Ivy has some tips for new Honors College students to interact with their fellow classmates.

Honors Courses

Four key principles: leadership, innovation, global perspective, and civic responsibility.

Whether you’re an Honors College Fellow taking all six courses or an Honors College Scholar taking the three upper division courses, you’ll find the curriculum suited to develop the skills you need to be a leader in your career, community, and other aspects of your life.

Thinking Critically about Global Issues

This course teaches critical thinking through a careful study of global issues. Utilizing principles of logic, including analyzing reasoning and assessing sources, students will examine critical issues of our time. Students will engage in individualized and experiential learning, in conjunction with scholarly research, in order to explore relationships between critical thinking and per- sonal responsibility. The course emphasizes self-motivated re- search, with an eye to leadership and problem solving.

Society, Power, and Responsibility

This course will provide students with a foundation for informed and effective civic engagement. Students will assess the civic identities of different cultures, communities, and societies, including their own, evaluating the impacts of various forms of civic engagement. Students will analyze po- litical biases in media, and explain how political policies and discourse impact their lives. Emphasis will be placed on the ways that diverse communities have engaged in various civic processes to create change.

Studies in Culture and Society: Exploring Diverse Perspectives

In this course, students will explore themes of intercultural and global awareness and apply this knowledge to real life situations, both historical and contemporary. Students will analyze diverse modes of cultural expression and experience from multiple perspectives. Students will also examine how cultural biases are created and how these influence both past and current events.

Leadership in the 21st Century

This course is designed for students to acquire leadership skills that will benefit society on a global scale. Students will examine the role of leadership in the context of global and societal issues. Additionally, students will move from theory to the practical processes of leadership in the 21st century, while investigating process and content issues related to team building, interpersonal and group dynamics, and effective problem solving and ethical decision making skills in today’s world. Finally, students will be challenged to assess primary global leadership examples, think critically upon the principles evident in our current leaders, and develop a real-world strat- egy for addressing a relevant societal issue.

Envisioning Innovation and Creativity in the 21st Century

In this course, students will examine the key elements of innovation and creativity in the 21st century. Students will formulate a personal philosophy of creativity and innova- tion, as well as develop an innovation toolbox. In addition, students will propose idea generation techniques meant to stimulate individual or group problem solving approaches. Finally, students will integrate innovation and creativity strategies within individual discipline-specific work.

Honors College Seminar

The Honors College Seminar provides students an opportunity for the synthesis and application of content learned throughout their honors coursework though a spiraled process of skill demonstration including reflection, application, and evaluation. Students will use digital tools to create and showcase scholarly artifacts for both academic and professional purposes.

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Benefits of the Honors College

You're now an Honors Student. Enjoy all of the benefits that go with your Honors status.

  • Any time you need help or have questions, you can reach out to your Honors College support team. Speak directly to a Student Advisor, Financial Aid Advisor, Career & Alumni Advisor, or other support staff.
  • Receive mentorship from a full-time member of Ashford’s faculty. Draw upon your mentor’s knowledge and experience to dig deeper into the topics that interest you. Be on the lookout for more information about your faculty mentor.
  • You have access to Honors College social platforms. Interact directly with Honors College faculty, alumni, and your fellow students, and build your network.
    LinkedIn: Ashford University Honors College
    Facebook: Ashford University - Honors College group 
  • When you graduate through the Honors College, your diploma will include an Honors College designation. Your final official transcript will also note that you graduated through the Honors College.
  • All Honors College graduates will be recognized during Ashford’s commencement.
  • All of your Honors College classes will be taught by full-time Ashford faculty. Learn from the experts.
  • Whether or not you’re a student at the Forbes School of Business & TechnologyTM, you now have access to the benefits associated with Ashford’s partnership with Forbes. You can participate in special Forbes events, including the Distinguished Lecturer Series.

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Dedicated Support

Have questions? You have access to a dedicated phone line only for Honors College students. Call 800.798.0584 and enter extension 20024.




Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does it cost more to be in the Honors College?

A: There is no cost associated with Honors College beyond the typical course tuition and fees. However, if you do not have room in your General Education or elective credits to accommodate Honors College courses, then your overall program length may be increased which would also result in additional tuition and fees. Consult with your Academic Advisor to understand how adding Honors curriculum will impact your program length.

Q: Is it possible to participate in the Honors College while also being involved in other extracurricular activities and honor societies?

A: Absolutely! The Honors College values engagement and is organized in a way that invites you to participate fully in the variety of opportunities offered by Ashford University and the Honors College.


Other Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Once accepted, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to stay in the Honors College. Should your GPA dip below 3.5, your Academic Advisor will be notified to reach out to intervene.

If your GPA drops below a 3.0, you will be immediately removed from Honors College. Please note that the monitoring of GPA is dynamic. Unlike SAP review periods, students will be removed from Honors College if they drop below a 3.0 at any time.

Students removed from Honors College may reapply once they meet the minimum 3.75 GPA requirement by submitting an Honors College Reapplication Form which will be available in the Student Portal.

No, you can opt out of the Honors College at any time while continuing to pursue your Ashford University degree. There is no penalty for withdrawing from the Honors College, and all completed Honors coursework will be listed on the transcript and count toward your Ashford degree.

Honors College courses are not designed to be harder than non-Honors courses. Instead, Honors courses are designed to incorporate different learning experiences, and you may find that they are more interactive than courses outside of the Honors College. In general, Honors courses emphasize how you think, rather than what you think.

Although Honors College courses are only open to students in the Honors College, these courses make up only a portion of your academic credits. All other courses may include non-Honors College students. As a result, this gives you an opportunity to feel a sense of community with your fellow Honors College peers, while encouraging a sense of community with peers outside of the Honors College as well.

The Honors College curriculum was specifically designed to complement the curriculum for your major. The three lower division courses are designed to satisfy General Education requirements while the three upper division courses are designed to satisfy electives. If, however, you do not have any more electives available or you have fulfilled your General Education requirements already, the Honors College curriculum could add additional courses to your program. Speak with your Academic Advisor for more information on how Honors College will fit into your current plan.

Honors College courses generally have small class sizes and meet in a format that emphasizes discussion and student participation. Honors College courses also emphasize critical thinking, and there is a great deal of interaction among you and your fellow students and between you and faculty.

Possibly. The three lower division courses are designed to satisfy General Education requirements while the three upper division courses are designed to satisfy electives. How these courses will impact your program length and graduation date depend on the number of courses taken, room available in the electives, and so on. Speak with your Academic Advisor for more information on how Honors College will fit into your current plan.

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