BENEFITS OF HONORS OPTIONS
The Honors option allows students to earn Honors credit for a non-Honors upper level course (200 or above) that is not regularly offered as an Honors course. It consists of an agreement between an Honors student and a professor that the student will complete an additional or enhanced assignment in a non-Honors course. It provides students the freedom to design a portion of their curriculum and is a great way for students to get to know their professors. Honors options count toward Honors elective requirements; they cannot be used to satisfy Honors General Education requirements. There is no limit to the number of Honors options that a student may attempt, but no more than two Honors options should be attempted in any given semester.
- Student and faculty member meet within the first two weeks of class and agree on a set of requirements that would qualify the course for Honors credit.
- Student completes the Honors option form with signatures from both student and faculty member and submit to the Honors Program Office for approval. (Due to the volume of Honors options submitted each semester, students are only notified if it is NOT approved.)
- At the end of the semester, the faculty member reports to the Honors Office the successful completion of the Honors option and the Office of the Registrar is directed to award the student Honors credit for the course.
Recommendation: Apply the Honors option to 3 credit hour courses, rather than 1 or 2 credit hour courses, in order to satisfy the Honors elective requirement more quickly.
Some ideas for Honors options include, but are not limited to:
- Lead class discussion on a topic of particular interest
- Complete an extra or extended paper or project
- Complete readings for tutorial sessions
- Complete a literature review or annotated bibliography
- Keep an academic journal
- Interview appropriate professionals
- Do a challenging lab experiment or observation
- Create a computer program related to course content
- Apply the principles of the course through volunteer service
- Compare and contrast two perspectives or events
- Create visual representations (graphic organizers, 3D models, photographs, etc.) of concepts or processes
Examples of Honors option projects organized by college.