Honors courses, labeled in the university catalogue as HON ####, are the heart of our college. Professors interested in exploring multi-discipline subjects with students develop courses that exceed the standardized format of most university classes. Honors staff and faculty review and approve all course proposals in order to ensure that they meet the standards of an honors college class. Limited to 17 students, honors courses are taught in a seminar style to allow for discussion and interaction in the classroom. All honors classes are writing-intensive, and although the schedule changes every semester, many old favorites are repeated on a regular basis.
Honors courses substitute for general education core requirements or for advanced offerings in particular majors. With careful planning, honors students can take honors courses without adding extra hours to their degree plans.
Departmental honors courses (honors sections of regular offerings) feature smaller class sizes and more focus on the subject. Examples of departmental honors courses include Business Law, Calculus I and II, and Organic Chemistry. Please note that these courses are taught in the building housing the particular department.
The Honors Contract Course allows an Honors student to enroll in a 3000 or 4000-level non-Honors course, complete additional work that represents a qualitative enhancement to the existing course, and have the completed course with contracted work count for honors credit. Before enrolling in an honors contract course, students should have completed at least two honors courses or be currently enrolled in their second honors course. Course Contracts must be turned in by the fourth week of the semester (during the fall/spring) or by the end of the first week of the semester (summer courses). Approval is at the discretion of the Honors College staff.
The forms and additional information and requirements for the honors contract course can be found here.
Honors Independent Study (HON 4391) is offered every semester. This course allows students to study selected materals individually and under the direct supervision of a professor for Honors credit. The course meeting days, times, and substitutions are arranged by the professor and honors student.
Before receiving special approval to enroll in the Hon 4391 course, students must turn in a completed and signed HON 4391 INDEPENDENT STUDY Course Agreement Form. Turn in the signed and completed HON 4391 form to Professor Diann McCabe. Prerequisite: completing two regular honors courses prior to enrolling in HON 4391.
Forms for Honors Independent Study can be found here.