Information for awarding Honors credit in an upper-level course
The Honors Option provides an opportunity for upper-level students to earn Honors credit for a traditional 3000/4000 level course. Conditions to receive Honors credit are agreed upon at the beginning of the semester and will include work beyond what is required by the syllabus.
Honors Options are required as part of most Upper Division Thesis programs – through smaller independent projects, students will gain confidence and ability to carry out the longer, more fully-independent thesis project. With a wide degree of flexibility allowed, the Honors Option creates an opportunity for creative and innovative teaching methods, tailored to an individual student in the context of a course.
Honors Option Procedures
The Honors Option Agreement form is due the last day to add classes for the semester. Here, the conditions for Honors credit are defined. Signatures of the student, professor of the course, department chair, and Dean of the Honors College are required.
The Honors Option Report form is due the Thursday of the final week of classes to complete the conditions defined at the beginning of the semester. Signatures of the professor and the Honors College Dean are required. Upon completion, a notation of ‘HNR’ is added on the student's transcript for the course.
It is the responsibility of the student to collect necessary signatures and deliver the paperwork for the Honors Option.