Academic Honors in Writing (AHW) is a program designed to foster and reward excellence in undergraduate writing.  At commencement, selected graduating seniors will be honored for their superior writing skills.  Both the commencement program and the students’ transcripts will acknowledge this prestigious achievement.  Such an honor will be a matter of personal pride for the recipients and will also be of great interest to prospective employers.  Academic Honors in Writing, then, reaffirms the central place of written expression in the undergraduate university experience.


All seniors who will graduate in December 2016, May 2017, or July 2017 are eligible to apply.  Applicants are not limited to members of the Honors College.


Applicants should submit to their major departments—in electronic format—a portfolio of class-related writing consisting of 30-35 pages (roughly 8000 words), which demonstrates a sustained excellence in writing.  This collection should include at least one sample which illustrates the student’s ability to write and think about concepts central to his or her major field of study.  Applicants should submit original papers from classes, in either WORD or pdf format.  (In other words, the papers submitted must include instructors’ comments and/or evaluations.)  If applicants submit work other than originals, they must attach a note or email from the appropriate instructor verifying that the work was in fact submitted for class. Departments will then choose department finalists. From this pool, the university Academic Honors in Writing Committee will select university finalists, who will write a common essay on a topic of general interest.  Based on the portfolios and the common essays, the AHW Committee will select students to receive the designation Academic Honors in Writing.


12/9/2016                     Deadline to submit portfolios (with required cover sheet) to the
                                   department liaison faculty representative.

1/13/2017                     Deadline for department liaisons to submit portfolios of department
                                   finalists to AHW Coordinator.

February 2017             Selection of university finalists and notification of common essay

Late February 2017     University finalists write the common essay.

Early March 2017        Selection of recipients for 2017 Academic Honors in Writing.

For further information, contact
          Coordinator, Academic Honors in Writing:

          Dr. Paul Ranieri, Department of English, 285-8406; pranieri@bsu.edu