Required documents

To be submitted to the Honors College main office. See below for full instructions.

  1. Honors option contractSubmit by the end of the second week of the semester
  2. Honors option proposal: Submit by the end of the fourth week of the semester
  3. Honors option work: Submit all documents associated with your Honors option work by the last day of finals week
Before the semester
  • You and the faculty member meet to begin discussions on a set of requirements that would qualify the course for Honors credit. 
Beginning of the 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 contract form to honors@jmu.edu by the end of the second week of the semester. Handwritten forms will not be accepted. In rare circumstances, Honors option contracts may be accepted after the deadline; however, the Honors College does not guarantee approval of Honors options submitted after the deadline. You do not need to include information on the topic/theme/structure of your proposed Honors option on this form.
  • The Honors College will send a “notification of Honors option contract submission” email to the instructor and student and request email approval from the instructor within 14 days of receipt of the email.
  • Submit your Honors option proposal, which includes a detailed project description, timeline and/or custom syllabus, to honors@jmu.edu by the end of the fourth week of the semester. You must copy the course instructor on this email. Proposals must be a minimum of 1 page in length and must include a section that addresses which of the preferred characteristics of Honors options apply to your project or assignment.
  • The Honors College will reply to the proposal submission with notification of receipt to the student and instructor. An approval email from the instructor is not required, but the instructor should notify the Honors College if they do not approve of the proposal.
  • 14 days after receipt of the Honors option proposal, an Honors option designation will be added to the class in MyMadison.
Middle of the semester
  • 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.
End of the 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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