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An Honors Option is an agreement between an honors student and a professor that the student will complete an additional or enhanced assignment in a non-honors course. The Option agreement turns a non-honors course into an honors course for purposes of meeting the Honors Program requirements. It also provides honors students the freedom to design a portion of their curriculum. Honors Options count toward honors elective requirements; they cannot be used to satisfy honors General Education requirements.
Students may create an Honors Option agreement if ALL of the following criteria are met:
Students should schedule an appointment with the faculty member teaching the course in which they wish to do an Honors Option. The professor has the discretion to allow the Honors Option to be done in that course. If approved by the professor, the student must develop an assignment that will be completed during the semester. Possible assignments might include:
Yes. The Honors Option form must be typed, printed out, and submitted to the Honors Program Office by the end of the second week of the semester. The form constitutes an agreement between the student and the professor.
The deadline to submit the Honors Option agreement is by the end of the second week of classes. Check the website for the actual date for each semester.
The Director of the Honors Program reviews the agreement and will approve it if it meets the criteria set forth above. Due to the volume of Honors Options received each semester, you will only be notified if yours is NOT approved.
CLICK HERE for ideas on different types of assignments and on specific examples of assignments sorted by college. You should also consult with the professor in your department who is the Honors Liaison. The Honors Liaison is familiar with the program's requirements, its history, and the standards for your department.
Possibly. Professors can choose one of two ways to account for the Honors Option work:
Yes, you must notify the Honors Program Office and the professor with whom you made the agreement. This should be done as soon as you know you will not be completing the assignment.
It depends upon which kind of option agreement you established with the professor. If you agreed that the project is supplemental and that the course grade is based exclusively on the original syllabus, then failure to complete the project will not negatively impact your grade. However, you will not receive honors credit for the course. If you agreed that the project is an enhancement of the graded assignments, then failure to complete the project may negatively impact your grade. You should discuss with your professor what, if any, impact not completing the project will have on your grade.
Honors Option courses are identified on transcripts in the Notes section of the appropriate course. It may take up to two months after the end of the semester for the indication to appear. After the professors have submitted their end-of-semester Honors Option reports to the Honors Program, the program's office sends the Registrar's Office a list of all students who completed Honors Options, requesting that their transcripts be amended to indicate “Honors Credit” beside the appropriate course. Once the Registrar's Office makes the adjustment, the indication will appear on students’ transcripts.
You may discuss ideas with the Honors Program Liaison in your department or you may contact the Honors Program Office.