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Students in the University Honors Program have the option of earning honors credits through several different types of courses described below. In addition, students may register for Directed Individual Study for variable credit. Information on the DIS can be found on the Honors Program Blackboard website.
Honors sections of regular courses are generally limited to 25 Honors students each.Honors-only sections are indicated by HONORS Course Name or HON Course Name. Such courses are not necessarily harder than regular courses but they tend to move at a faster pace than the corresponding regular course. Because they are smaller, they also provide more chances for interaction between fellow classmates and between professors and students. Honors sections of regular courses can be used to meet liberal studies requirements. They may also meet the liberal studies “x” and “y” requirements, depending on the topic.
Honors seminars are usually limited to 15 Honors students each, and these courses explore special topics in the Humanities (Hum 2937r), Social Sciences (ISS 2937r), and Natural Sciences (ISC 2937). Since faculty members propose these topics based on their own special research interests, the offerings vary from semester to semester. The emphasis in Honors seminars is on critical thinking and discussion rather than on rote learning or memorizing. These courses meet the Gordon Rule requirement as well as fulfilling liberal studies requirements. They may also meet the liberal studies “x” and “y” requirements, depending on the topic.
Honors-Augmented Courses. In some cases where regular honors sections of courses cannot be made available, the faculty agrees to offer honors-augmented courses. These are regular courses open to all students in which the professor has agreed to engage in special projects with honors students for honors credit.Honors-augmented courses are arranged in advance by the University Honors Office and placed on the course schedule. They are indicated by Course Name—Hon or Course Name—Honors.
Individual Honors-Augmented Courses. The Individual Honors-Augmented Course Contract gives honor students additional opportunities to enrich course requirements in their majors and earn honors credits towards the Honors Medallion. Honor students may earn up to eight (8) individual honors-augmented credit hours in 2000-4000 level, non-honors courses in their major by contracting with faculty to complete additional work in the courses. To earn individual honors-augmented credit, the honor student and faculty member must complete a contract within the first two weeks of the semester. The guidelines and contract for individual honors- augmented courses can be found on the Honors Program Blackboard.
Honors Directed Individual Study. Honors students may earn credit hours by registering to work with individual faculty. To learn more about this opportunity click on the following link: WHAT IS A DIS? Click on the following link to access Honors DIS guidelines and application: Honors DIS Guidelines and Application. The application is a "fillable" PDF; please type all information, print and submit signed application to the University Honors office (UCA 3600).
DEADLINE: the DIS application is due no later than the FOURTH day of classes of the semester for which the student will register for Honors DIS credit.
Graduate Classes: Honors students may elect to take graduate classes for up to six (6) credit hours that can count toward the Honors Medallion. Graduate courses that are basic competency/review classes (e.g. a language-reading course) are excluded. The course must be taken for a grade; P/F and S/U courses will not count. To insure the graduate course will count toward honors credit, the student must submit a form that can be found on the Honors Program Blackboard website.