Documents and Forms

Options for Earning Honors Credit

Honors students may choose from a variety of ways to earn Honors credit, many of which emphasize exploring topics or deepening knowledge and expertise related to their majors. Each option requires the submission of a proposal form appropriate for the type of course or experience.

  • Contract forms are due within the first month of the semester in which the project is being completed.
  • Research assistance, teaching assistance, and applied learning forms should be submitted at least three days before drop/add is over for the semester in which the HLE will be completed. 

*Several of the forms below require a signature which should be scanned and submitted to the Honors College. Free mobile scanning apps are available at no cost. A few options can be found here. 

  • Honors Contract Handout

    • Students may collaborate directly with an instructor to turn any course into an Honors Learning Experience.
    • Students can customize a project to further their understanding of the Foundations of Honors Learning.
    • At the end of the semester, you will be asked to upload your completed Honors Contract. We will also verify with your faculty member that your Contract was completed.

    To be filled out at the beginning of the semester in which the Honors Contract will be completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Contract Proposal Form (due within the first 30 days of the semester)

    To be filled out at the end of the semester in which the Honors Contract is completed:

    Fall 2020 Contract Upload Form (for students) (submit by Dec. 7th, 2020)

    • Students learn while they gain experience related to their majors by focusing on one of the Foundations of Honors Learning through a special project during an internship experience.
    • The Internship Proposal Form is due by one month from the first day of class.
    • You must also register for a co-op/internship course within your major department.
    • Keep a reflective journal throughout the semester.
    • At the end of the semester, you'll submit a report including
      -your reflective journal;
      -a description of your experience;
      -other products (for example, a sample of your work, screenshots, coding, art, photos) that might help you describe the work you did, incorporated into your Word or PDF document;
      -a discussion of whether you achieved the goals you set in your proposal, including goal(s) related to developing one of the Honors Foundations.

    To be filled out at the beginning of the semester in which the HLE will be completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Internship/Co-Op Proposal Form (due within the first 30 days of the semester)

    To be filled out at the end of the semester in which the HLE was completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Internship/Co-Op with an Honors Learning Contract Report & Reflection (submit by the last day of class before final exams begin)

    • Topics vary by semester and may include Book Clubs or other special options.
    • View upcoming Discovery options under the COURSES tab in the navigation menu.
    • You can also view these courses in Owl Express (HON 2400). 
    • To earn an HLE through an Applied Learning experience, you'll need to fill out the proposal form below before the end of drop/add AND sign up for HON 2800 (0 hours).
    • You should spend 48 hours during a semester to earn an Applied Learning Experience HLE.
    • An applied learning experience is a less formal way than an internship to acquire hands-on experience related to your major. Some common types of applied learning include volunteering, shadowing a professional, and tutoring (in each case, the experience should be related to your major in a substantial way).
    • Keep a reflective journal throughout the semester.
    • At the end of the semester, you'll submit a report including
      • your reflective journal;
      • a description of your experience;
      • other products (for example, a sample of your work, screenshots, coding, art, photos) that might help you describe the work you did, incorporated into your Word or PDF document;
      • a discussion of whether you achieved the goals you set in your proposal, including goal(s) related to developing one of the Honors Foundations.

    To be filled out at the beginning of the semester in which the HLE will be completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Applied Learning Proposal Form (plan must be approved at least three days before drop/add is over)

    To be filled out at the end of the semester in which the HLE was completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Applied Learning Report & Reflection (submit by the last day of class before final exams begin)

    • Students serve as a research assistant in supervised inquiry in all disciplines. They hone investigative and critical thinking skills under the guidance of a faculty member.
    • You may sign up for this course for 0-3 hours, depending on whether you can use the hours as elective credits.
    • You should meet the professor's expectations for amount of time you spend on the research.
    • As a general guideline, spend at least 2-3 hours a week for each credit hour you earn.
    • Keep a reflective journal throughout the semester.
    • At the end of the semester, you'll submit a report including
      • your reflective journal;
      • a description of your experience;
      • other products (for example, a sample of your work, screenshots, coding, art, photos) that might help you describe the work you did, incorporated into your Word or PDF document;
      • a discussion of whether you achieved the goals you set in your proposal, including goal(s) related to developing one of the Honors Foundations; and
      • a final more global reflection on the experience and what you learned.

    To be filled out at the beginning of the semester in which the HLE will be completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Research Assistance Experience Proposal Form (plan must be approved at least three days before drop/add is over)

    To be filled out at the end of the semester in which the HLE was completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Research Assistance Report & Reflection (submit by the last day of class before final exams begin)

    • Students develop teaching and leadership skills and document evidence of their Honors learning while working as a Teaching Assistant with one of their professors. You may sign up for this course for 0-3 hours.
    • You should meet the professor's expectations for amount of time you spend on the class. As a general guideline, you should be in class for every class meeting and spend at least 2-3 hours a week for each credit hour you earn.
    • Keep a reflective journal throughout the semester.
    • At the end of the semester, you'll submit a report including
      • your reflective journal;
      • a description of your experience;
      • other products (for example, a sample of your work, screenshots, coding, art, photos) that might help you describe the work you did, incorporated into your Word or PDF document;
      • a discussion of whether you achieved the goals you set in your proposal, including goal(s) related to developing one of the Honors Foundations; and
      • a final more global reflection on the experience and what you learned.

    To be filled out at the beginning of the semester in which the HLE will be completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Teaching Assistant Proposal Form (plan must be approved at least three days before drop/add is over)

    To be filled out at the end of the semester in which the HLE was completed:

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Teaching Assistant Report & Reflection (submit by the last day of class before final exams begin)

    • Students develop a special course of study that is directed by a faculty member. They learn project management skills while activating deep learning in an area of study.
    • Directed Studies can be taken as HON 4400 or under your major's prefix (e.g., BIOL 4400, HIST 4400, DANC 4400).

      Directed Study Instructions
  • Fall 2020 HON 4497 Syllabus

    You will submit a signature form showing your capstone faculty supervisor's and department/school liaison's approval at two points:

    Initial Checkpoint:

    • Click here to submit a timeline for your work and related information.

    Midterm Checkpoint:

    • Click here to submit a timeline for your work and related information.

    Final Checkpoint:

    • Click here to submit your final draft and related information. 
  • Fall 2020 HON 4499 Syllabus

    You will submit information and a signature form showing your capstone faculty supervisor's and department/school liaison's approval at two points:

    Initial Checkpoint:

    • Click here to submit a timeline for your work and related information.

    Midterm Checkpoint:

    • Click here to submit an update on your progress and an updated timeline.

    Final Checkpoint:

    If you're an Honors student planning to graduate this semester, we'd love to hear your future plans. Please fill out the Honors Alumni form located here.

  • Support is available for presentation of Honors projects at professional conferences.


Fall 2020 (Based on 15-Week Session)

Honors Learning Experience (HLE) Deadline for students to submit form to let Honors know that they're completing the HLE Exact Date Contract Project/Report/Reflection Due Exact Date
Honors Contracts Due within the first 30 days of the semester Tuesday, Sept. 15th Contract Project is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin Monday, Dec. 7th
Internships/Co-Ops with an Honors Learning Contract Due within the first 30 days of the semester Tuesday, Sept. 15th Contract Project /Report/Reflection is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin Monday, Dec. 7th
Honors Applied Learning Due three days before drop/add ends Wednesday, Aug. 19th Report/Reflection is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin Monday, Dec. 7th
Honors Research Assistant Experience Due three days before drop/add ends Wednesday, Aug. 19th Report/Reflection is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin Monday, Dec. 7th
Honors Teaching Assistant Experience Due three days before drop/add ends Wednesday, Aug. 19th Report/Reflection is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin Monday, Dec. 7th

 

Spring 2021 (Based on 15-Week Session)

  • Honors Learning Experience (HLE)
    Deadline for students to submit form to let Honors know that they're completing the HLE
    Exact Date
    Contract Project/Report/Reflection Due
    Exact Date
  • Honors Contracts
    Due within the first 30 days of the semester
    Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 5pm
    Contract Project is due to Honors approximately three weeks before final exams begin

    Thursday, April 15th at 5pm

  • Internships/Co-Ops with an Honors Learning Contract
    Due within the first 30 days of the semester
    Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 5pm
    Contract Project /Report/Reflection is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin
    Monday, May 3rd at 5pm
  • Honors Applied Learning
    Due three days before drop/add ends
    Wednesday, Jan. 13th at 5pm
    Report/Reflection is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin
    Monday, May 3rd at 5pm
  • Honors Research Assistant Experience
    Due three days before drop/add ends
    Wednesday, Jan. 13th at 5pm
    Report/Reflection is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin
    Monday, May 3rd at 5pm
  • Honors Teaching Assistant Experience
    Due three days before drop/add ends
    Wednesday, Jan. 13th at 5pm
    Report/Reflection is due to Honors by last day of classes before final exams begin
    Monday, May 3rd at 5pm

 

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