Honors courses and honors-by-contract are qualitatively different from regular courses. Honors course content is designed to provide an experience that appeals to top-performing students. Honors credit for a course should be associated with greater engagement between the student and the subject or course materials. Course learning outcomes remain the same between honors and regular sections, but other outcomes may be achieved at the instructor’s discretion. The faculty should communicate the difference between honors and a regular section to the student so the student can make an informed choice.
Honors courses do not necessarily require more work, and the workload might not significantly increase for students receiving honors credit. Honors courses often require some different work, such as a modified assignment, an experiential learning component, or an added or enhanced research opportunity.
Faculty who would like to teach honors scholars can provide opportunities in two ways.
The culminating project is the capstone experience of the Honors Academy and, as such, incorporates and expresses the Academy’s commitment to individualized and enriched instruction, independent study, close faculty-student relationships, and the rigorous development of intellectual skills, including the ability to think critically and to communicate with clarity and style. The project brings together honors scholars' preparation and education in a particular discipline or combination of disciplines. Projects are usually in the student’s major field of study but are not limited to the major. However, some scholars may wish to develop interdisciplinary projects or a project that utilizes their co-op experience. Discussions with your project mentor will help to focus the project and gain required approvals.
Senior Thesis Project Description Form must be approved by the faculty member supervising the work, the Honors Academy director, and be received by the Office of Academic Support by the last day to add courses posted on the Academic Dates and Deadlines Calendar to be considered for approval. For more information on the project, please reference the Senior Thesis Guidelines.
The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) is a unique educational organization designed to support and promote undergraduate honors education. NCHC has nearly 900 member institutions and several hundred individual members, impacting over 330,000 honors students. NCHC provides its members with resources, training opportunities and collaborative events to build and sustain honors programs and their curriculum (NCHC, 2022)