The Honors Option enables an Honors Student to convert a regular course into an Honors course when the instructor and the Honors Student agree on an additional enriching academic experience. The Honors Option may be selected to fulfill the requirements of the Track 1 Curriculum (two courses in the major) or the Track 2 requirements (up to six credits of the twelve credits in the major).
The enriched academic experience is equivalent to approximately one credit of academic work. The honors option should allow students to pursue their intellectual interests and gain more knowledge about topics related to the course while fostering one-to-one interactions among faculty and Honors students. Some examples of course enrichment for Honors Options are listed below. In addition to these, there are many other possibilities.
- A research paper
- Additional experiments in a laboratory
- Written reviews of books or professional journal articles
- An oral presentation to the class or another appropriate audience
- Additional creative artistry
- A service-learning activity that is connected to the course's academic content
- A design project
If registered in an Honors Section (220 Section), you do NOT need to complete an Honors Option for that class.
The grade for the Honors Option will be the combined grade for both the regular portion and the Honors Option portion of the course. The course instructor is responsible for assigning the grade.
Please Remember: Once an Honors Option has been agreed upon, the student is expected to fulfill the specific requirements of the Honors Option agreement as well as the course requirements to receive honors credit for the course. Your professor's approval is required if you do not intend to complete an honors option you have registered for.