Majors | Special Programs

Honors Program

The honors program is designed to challenge gifted students to reach their academic potential through a specially designed course of study. The courses designated as "honors courses" are rigorous and demanding, challenging students to aspire to greater heights in their academic progress.

Admission to the program for entering freshmen is based upon ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular and work experience, and a sample of expository writing. Prospective students must complete a separate application, which is available through the Admissions Office.

A limited number of students are admitted into the program each fall. Students enrolled in the honors program are required to complete four honors courses in addition to a senior seminar or project.

Two of these courses are taken in the freshman year in a sequence entitled "The Making of the Modern Mind," which traces the development of philosophic, cultural, and artistic traditions against the background of the history of western civilization. These two courses meet General Education Requirements in humanities, philosophy, and history.

In the sophomore and junior years, honors students take two integrative seminars. Typically, each honors seminar provides an interdisciplinary perspective to the topic of study. Enrollment in honors seminars is limited to twenty students.

In the senior year, each honors student participates in the Honors Colloquium during the two semesters of the academic year. This senior seminar stresses the development of a Christian worldview in the midst of the contemporary pluralistic society.

Through the honors program, Cedarville University encourages superior scholarship, allows a thorough integration of the various disciplines, and provides the student an opportunity to understand better how all knowledge relates to its source in God. The honors program offers an adventure in the world of ideas, coupled with practical incentives for transcribing faith and learning into the larger culture for the glory of God and the benefit of men and women in His image.

Honors Program homepage Current Catalog

Individualized Studies

The individualized studies program serves students with specialized career aspirations that may not fit with a particular major program offered at Cedarville University or those who desire a traditional broad undergraduate program before proceeding to graduate school. The program leads to a bachelor of arts degree and includes the following provisions:

  1. A student interested in an Individualized Studies program may submit a proposal after completing 20 semester hours at Cedarville University, exclusive of Advanced Placement, CLEP, and transfer credits, with a minimum 3.25 grade point average.
  2. The student must define the focus of the intended individualized program on the program approval form. In addition, the student must demonstrate that the proposed program objective cannot adequately be achieved through an existing major at Cedarville University. The program approval form must be signed by a faculty sponsor and by the department chair of one of the major components of the program.
  3. Each program must be approved by the standing Individualized Studies Committee appointed by the academic vice president. Decisions of this committee may be appealed to the Deans Council.
  4. When the Individualized Studies Committee approves a student's proposed program, it will assign an academic advisor for the student.
  5. Changes to the approved program must be approved by the faculty advisor and the Individualized Studies Committee.
  6. For transcript purposes, the program will typically be called a B.A. degree with an individualized program in liberal arts.
  7. The individualized program must meet all of the Cedarville University bachelor's degree requirements as detailed in the university catalog. In particular, the following items must be satisfied:
    • A grade point average in the program of at least 2.5.
    • At least one-third of the program courses must be taken at Cedarville University.
    • At least one-third of the program courses must be taken at the 3000 level or above.
    • D grades will not count as meeting the requirements of the individualized program.
    • A capstone course or experience appropriate to the individualized program and approved by the Individualized Studies Committee.

Current Catalog

International Studies

The international studies major utilizes courses from several academic disciplines to prepare students for a variety of internationally focused careers. A distinct international studies core provides the foundation for all the concentrations available in this major. Courses in anthropology, business, communications, culture, geography, history, linguistics, and political science provide students with the basic understanding they need to appreciate the diverse international community. Concentration options enable students to focus upon a particular area of interest within the international context. Three concentrations are available:

Global economics and international business

The global economics and international business concentration provides students with an economic view of the international community. Utilizing courses in business, economics, and political science, this program prepares business-oriented students for careers in international management, marketing, finance, comparative economics, missions, and the foreign service. More information...


The missiology concentration provides students with a missiological view of the international community. Involving coursework in missions, philosophy, sociology, geography, political science, economics, and literature, this program prepares students for a variety of missions-related positions.

Social Science

The social science concentration provides students with a political view of the international community. Utilizing courses in economics, geography, history, literature, and political science, this program prepares students for careers in areas such as the foreign service, international media, international relations, and missions.

Current Catalog

ROTC - Air Force

Cedarville University cooperates with Wright State University in offering Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps instruction which prepares students for commissioning as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. While all courses are taken through the University, leadership laboratories and classes for the junior and senior years are taught at Wright State University, the site of the area Air Force ROTC detachment. Transportation is provided by the University.

The four-year program is divided into two phases: the General Military Course (GMC) involving the freshman and sophomore years and the Professional Officer Course (POC) involving the junior and senior years. GMC courses are open to everyone interested in registering for the courses. No commitment to the Air Force is required. Students enrolled in the POC are on contract with the government and receive a $250 per month subsistence allowance.

Scholarships covering the cost of tuition, fees, textbooks, and a $250 monthly allowance for two and three years are available on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate academic and leadership potential. Scholarship availability is greatest in the areas of mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, nursing, and premedicine. Traditionally, about half of Cedarville cadets are able to win scholarships.

Students interested in Air Force ROTC should contact the Department of Aerospace Studies, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 45435, phone: 937-775-2730 or the Cedarville University Admissions Office. Air Force ROTC course requirements count as elective credits in the 128 semester hours required for graduation.

ROTC - Air Force homepage Current Catalog

ROTC - Army

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) instruction leading to a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army is available to Cedarville University students. Freshman- and sophomore-level classes are taught at Cedarville University. Junior- and senior-level classes, as well as drills, are conducted at Central State University, which is located four miles west of Cedarville. All Army ROTC courses are taken through Cedarville University.
The objectives of the Army ROTC program are:

  1. To prepare students to serve as commissioned officers in the Regular Army, the Army National Guard, or the United States Army Reserve.
  2. To provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts of military art and science.
  3. To provide students with leadership and managerial training, a basic understanding of military professional knowledge, a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, individual responsibility, and an appreciation of the requirements for national security.

The standard four-year ROTC program involves two phases: the basic course during the first two years and the advanced course during the final two years. One can qualify for advance placement by being a veteran, a member of the United States Army Reserve or National Guard, or by attending six weeks of paid summer training following his or her sophomore year of college. Students enrolled in the advanced course earn $250 per month for a maximum of ten school months per year.

Two- and three-year merit scholarships, which pay for tuition, fees, textbooks and supplies are available. Recipients of these scholarships also receive $250 per month for 10 months of the school year each school year the scholarship is in effect. Students interested in pursuing a dual civilian and military career should request information about the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarships and Reserve Duty options.

Interested individuals should contact the Professor of Military Science, Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, 45384, phone: 937-376-ARMY or the Cedarville University Admissions Office.

Army ROTC course requirements count as elective credits in the 128 semester hours required for graduation.

ROTC - Army homepage Current Catalog