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Honors College

A historical marker outside of the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.


Mission Statement

The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma provides a supportive and challenging academic program for intellectually motivated undergraduate students. Offering an enriching interdisciplinary curriculum through its diverse programs, the Honors College supports students in a full range of academic pursuits. Carefully designed small classes, a collegial environment, and close advising prepare students for advanced study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or any other bachelor's degree offered at the University. The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma seeks to inspire students to a lifetime of broad intellectual curiosity and continuing self-sustained inquiry and personal growth.

Welcome from the Honors College Faculty

We welcome all our Honors College students; it is our good fortune to teach and learn from all of our students at the University of Oklahoma. We look forward to getting to know you individually and supporting you during your journey through college. We believe the most fruitful and illuminating conversations come when we invite and encourage multiple perspectives in our learning environments. We value students of all colors, all genders, all ages, all abilities, and all positions of faith and unbelief. We value our LGBTQ+ students and their allies. We value the perspectives of those whose ancestors have long been here as First Peoples, as well as those who have arrived from many parts of the world. We encourage all our students to maintain the respectful rapport that is a hallmark of the Honors College, and to use your creativity, passion, and intelligence to meet the challenges of our day.

Spotlight News

Student Spotlight: Caitlin Cotteleer

Second-year Honors student Caitlin Cotteleer is keeping busy this year by juggling her academic duties as well as her extracurricular work in the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Creation of Economic Wealth, and her past work as a consultant. 


Caitlin Cotteleer Article

Apply to work on THURJ!

THURJ is an annual publication of original research papers written by Honors students. Students with varied academic interests and all skill levels are needed to produce the spring 2024 edition. . No prior experience? No problem, we would be happy to have you on the team.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

Learn More Here

Honors College Professor Awarded National Humanities Grant

Honors College professor Dr. Amanda Minks is working with a team of specialists to build an Indigenous Media Portal at OU. The team was recently awarded a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Honors Professor awarded National Humanities Grant

Goldwater Scholarship Awarded to Lydia England

England, an Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics and Physics triple major has been named a 2023 Goldwater Scholars. 

2023 OU Goldwater Scholars

Goldwater Scholarship Awarded to Oliver Wu

Wu, a junior double majoring in Chemistry and History, has been named a 2023 Goldwater Scholar.

2023 OU Goldwater Scholars 

Kyle Eskew earns NOAA Hollings Scholarship

Eskew, a Meteorology and Mathematics junior has been named a 2023 NOAA Hollings Scholar. 

OU Student Earns NOAA Hollings Scholarship

A Message From the Dean

Rich Hamerla

"The Honors College is an independent unit within the University of Oklahoma that offers a challenging program for intellectually motivated undergraduates that aims to create an atmosphere of a very fine liberal arts college within a large research university. Benefits for Honors students include small, rigorous, interdisciplinary classes that are research and writing intensive, involve close advising and mentoring, special programs of both academic and social nature, and create a community environment where students, faculty, and staff interact.

To fulfill our mission, the Honors College challenges students to compete with themselves and explore their own growth potential. We offer a space where students from all fields and disciplines meet and engage in dialogue, and they come together in creative ways for conversation, study, and research, as well as for social and leadership endeavors. Because of this environment, and because we offer additional educational and research opportunities for students who will make the most of them, the Honors College attracts and retains high-achieving students who are the world-changers of tomorrow. As they fan out across the University through their majors and their General Education courses, they raise the bar in those settings. As lifelong OU representatives, their post-graduation successes have the potential to impact the entire university community. "

Honors College 2022-2023

Honors Newsletter

Honors at OU cover
Spring 2023

Click here to read our latest issue, which includes faculty interviews, student spotlights, evet recaps, alumni updates and more.

Spring 2023