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 should be submitted at the beginning of the semester in which the contract work will be completed.
  • Internship and applied learning forms should be submitted before the project begins.
  • Research assistance, teaching assistance, and directed studies forms should be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the semester in which the contracts will be fulfilled.

*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.
    • Workshops are available through the Honors College to equip students with the skills and tools to develop, pursue, and fulfill meaningful Honors contracts.

    Contract Proposal Form (due within the first month of the current semester)

    • 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.

    Internship Proposal Form

    • 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 sign up for HON 2800 (0 hours) AND fill out the proposal form below before the end of drop/add.
    • 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; and
      • a final more global reflection on the experience and what you learned.


    Applied Learning Proposal Form (plan must be approved before registration)
    Applied Learning Report & Reflection (submit by the last class day of the semester)

    • 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.

        Research Assistance Experience Proposal Form
        (plan must be approved before registration)
        Research Assistance Report & Reflection (submit by the last class day of the semester)
    • 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.

    Teaching Assistant Proposal Form (plan must be approved before registration)
    Teaching Assistant Report & Reflection (submit by the last class day of the semester)

    • 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 2019 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:

    Final Checkpoint:

  • Fall 2019 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:

    Midterm Checkpoint:

    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.
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