Prerequisites
  • You must have completed a minimum of 30 credits of college coursework to enroll in an Honors option. 
  • Honors option course must be 200-level or above.
  • Honors option course must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Cannot be a course currently offered as an Honors course. You cannot contract a class that already offers an Honors section unless you have a scheduling conflict.
  • Supervision by a tenured, tenure-eligible, or RTA faculty member is preferred.
  • Limited to two courses per semester. 
Required documents

To be submitted to honors@jmu.edu. See below for full instructions.

  1. Honors option application: Submit by the end of the fourth week of the semester (includes proposal)
  2. Honors option work: Submit all documents associated with your Honors option work by the last day of finals week
Preferred characteristics of Honors options

At least two of the following characteristics should apply to your Honors option:

  • Allows you to pursue a particular topic of interest to you in significant depth.
  • Furthers knowledge/skills in your major or minor.
  • Extends knowledge/skills from an Honors area of emphasis
  • Enables investigation of potential capstone project topics.
  • Furthers your progress towards developing a capstone project.
  • Enhances knowledge/skills related to your academic and career goals.
Timeline: Prior to semester
  • You and the faculty member meet to begin discussions on a set of requirements that would qualify the course for Honors credit. 
Timeline: Beginning of semester
  • If you have not met with the faculty member to discuss your ideas for an Honors option project, do so as early in the semester as possible.
  • If your instructor agrees to work with you on an Honors option, submit the Honors option application to honors@jmu.edu by the end of the fourth week of the semester. Handwritten forms will not be accepted. In rare circumstances, Honors option applications may be accepted after the deadline; however, the Honors College does not guarantee approval of Honors options submitted after the deadline. 
  • The proposal section of the application must include a detailed project description and timeline for completion, and should address which of the preferred characteristics of Honors options apply to your project.
  • The Honors College will send a “notification of Honors option application” email to the instructor and student and request email approval from the instructor within 14 days of receipt of the email.
  • 14 days after receipt of the Honors option application, an Honors option designation will be added to the class in MyMadison.
Timeline: Midsemester
  • If progress is not being made on your Honors option, you should formally withdraw from the Honors option through MyMadision by the withdrawal deadline. You can drop an Honors option one time during your time at JMU without penalty.
Timeline: End of semester
  • You must submit all work associated with the Honors option to the Honors College by the last day of finals week. 
  • The faculty member will officially report the completion of your Honors option through MyMadison during grade submission at the end of the semester.
  • If you fail to complete an Honors option, or fail to withdraw from the option prior to the withdrawal deadline, a grade of no-credit will be recorded in your Honors College file for that Honors option. The Honors option status of the course will be removed from the student system and will not be indicated on your transcript. You are limited to a grade of no-credit for an Honors option one time during your time at JMU without penalty.
Tracking Honors options in MyMadison
Requirements for successful completion
  • You must maintain regular independent meetings with the course’s faculty member (at least four times within the semester).
  • You must submit all work associated with the Honors option to the Honors College by the last day of finals week. The professor’s deadline for successful completion may be different; it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all Honors option work is completed on time.
Reporting Honors option completion
  • Faculty member officially reports completion for credit (C), or unsatisfactory completion for no-credit (NC), or incomplete (I) through MyMadison during grade submission at the end of the semester.
  • If a faculty member fails to officially report completion of the Honors option by the end of the semester, the Honors option designation will be removed from the course and the faculty member will be contacted by the Honors College regarding the status of the option. It is the responsibility of the student to follow up with the faculty member thereafter. The faculty member must contact the Honors College main office to report the successful completion of the Honors option and the Honors option designation will be added to the course. 

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