The Honors Foundations program is a two-year Honors program designed to enrich
students’ first years on campus.
Traditional Courses: Some standard Honors courses are special
sections of standard classes with a reduced class size. These classes
typically are more focused on open discussion and interaction.
Honors Foundations Courses: These special-topics Honors courses
are developed to meet GEF goals. Participating faculty typically work
Honors Faculty Fellows program and teach one section per semester
of their proposed course.
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).
Contract Courses: Students may also receive credit for a non-Honors
course by contracting it as an Honors courses. By adding a deep and
meaningful educational experience (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 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
Cross-Listed Honors Section: A cross-listed course can provide
students with the opportunity for enriched content within the context
of a larger course. Students in cross-listed Honors sections will meet
at the same time as the regular course; however, the Honors section
has a different syllabus with additional enrichment components. Ideally,
these sections also allow Honors students to collaborate or interact
in a meaningful way.
Independent Study/Research: Since the Honors Foundations program
is primarily coursework based, students will be allowed to use a maximum
three credits of research to complete program requirements.
Research courses include, but are not limited to HONR 297, HONR
397, HONR 497, HONR 498 or any discipline specific research course.
Any research courses taken while enrolled in the Honors Foundations
program can be used for a maximum of three credits (towards the 13
credit requirements) and will only count as one course (towards the
5-course requirement) regardless of the number of times taken. Please
Associate Dean Clement with any questions.
Tutoring: Members of the Honors College can serve as tutors
as part of the
testWELL Learning Center. Tutors can earn Honors credit by taking
HONR 201 (Peer Tutoring).
Mentoring Honors 102: Members of the Honors College can serve
mentors, facilitators and teaching instructors for first-year students
enrolled in HONR 102. Students earn Honors credit by taking HONR 402
(Foundations of Peer Mentoring) and HONR 490 (Teaching Practicum).
Honors Book Study Courses: Honors book study is a special one-hour
course centered on an instructor-chosen book(s). Book study courses
allow students to have a different kind of class experience that is
almost entirely discussion. Past book studies have been led by university
presidents, the Honors College Dean and distinguished faculty
members. These courses can be full semester, eight-weeks (starting
at the beginning of the semester) or mid-semester.
Honors Credits for Specific Courses: Students who enroll ENGL
103 will receive Honors credit for this course.