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Earning Honors Credit

Students in the Honors Foundations Program can earn Honors credit hours in a variety of ways. 

Traditional courses

Most standard Honors courses are special sections of standard classes with a reduced class size (less than 30) and a specially selected Honors faculty member. These classes typically are more focused on open discussion and interaction. Some Honors courses are only offered to members of the Honors College. These courses are also small in size and are lead by an Honors instructor.

Honors Foundations Courses

Honors Foundations Courses, taught by our Honors Faculty Fellows, are special topics courses approved for General Education Foundations credit. These courses are special topics "big ideas" classes with deeply engaged teaching and learning practices that bring faculty expertise to Honors students at the introductory level. These exciting and innovative courses rotate topics annually. See the Honors Faculty Fellows page for more information on this year's courses.

Add-on courses

Students may register for a non-Honors course while also registering for an Honors add-on section for that particular class. Add-on sections delve further into coursework. By completing the regular course and the honors add-on requirements, students receive Honors credit hours equivalent to the number of hours offered for the regular course (typically 3 hours).


Members of the Honors College can serve as peer leaders/tutors. Peer leaders have the option to live in Honors Hall and mentor first-year Honors scholars. Tutors make their services available to the University.  See more information on testWELL Learning Center locations and hours here.

Mentoring Honors 102

Members of the Honors College can serve as mentors, facilitators, and educators for first-year students enrolled in HONR 102.  Learn more about the program here


First and second year Honors College students enrolled in the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) can earn Honors credit by taking HONR 297 (1 credit). This course is repeatable up to three times for a total of three credits. However, if repeated the course will still only count as one course out of the required five distinct courses for Honors Foundations Program completion, fulfilling between 1-3 credits depending on how many times it is repeated. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information on this program.

Contract courses 

Students may also receive credit for a non-Honors course by contracting it as an Honors Foundations class. By adding some extra course requirements (usually through more intense reading requirements, a special paper, and/or a final project), students receive Honors credit for the non-Honors course. In order to do this, students should contact their professor before the semester begins or very early in the semester to fill out a contract form online (see Contract Course Information). The form, when completed, will be reviewed on a rolling basis up until the Friday of week 7 of a given semester.

Honors Book Clubs

Honors Book Clubs are special one-hour classes centered on a faculty–chosen book. While not held every semester, book clubs are offered from time to time to allow students to have a different kind of class experience that is almost entirely discussion. Past book clubs have been led by university presidents, the Honors College Dean, and distinguished faculty. Students will receive updates pertaining to the Honors Book Club when it is being offered.

Notes on Earning Honors Credit

Please note that Honors hours will not be accrued for courses in which a student earns a D or an F. In order to earn Honors hours, students must earn a C or better; therefore, Honors credit cannot be earned for a pass/fail experience.