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
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 298o
Members of the Honors College can serve as mentors, facilitators, and educators for first-year students enrolled in HONR 298o. 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.
Students may also receive credit for a non-Honors course by contracting it as an Honors 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 (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.