The Honors Option Course is designed to accomplish a number of things:
Mainly during the junior/senior years, all Honors students are required to take three (3) Honors Option courses in 300-400 level courses (usually a total of 9 hours). The process for completion of any Honors Option/Independent Study is as follows:
Contracts detail the department, course number, semester/year, faculty name(s) and Honors coursework to be completed in order to obtain Honors credit. Contracts are processed by the Associate Director, who then sends them along to Department Chairs to request creation of the “H” sections of the 300-400 level courses (if they have not already been created), the Office of the Registrar to document the new “H” course numbers and to ensure the Honors credit is reflected on students’ transcripts, and the faculty mentors and the Honors students for their own records.
Contracts are due by early Honors Registration day, the first Wednesday of the first week of preregistration. Negotiations for H-Options then must necessarily begin about a month before Honors Registration day (if not before), so e-bulletins are sent to remind upper-division Honors students they must meet with faculty mentors about their Honors Options. Honors Option credit cannot be assigned to a completed class (or a “closed” semester), and general studies courses are not allowed to become H-Options unless by special permission of the Honors Directors. Honors options may be dropped until the end of the 10th week of the semester, in accordance with the Registrar's policy. Incompletes may be awarded for H-Option courses, and must be completed within one academic year, again, in accordance with Registrar's office policy.
Choice of the course and topics for both H-Options and the Honors Senior Study is always up to the Honors students. Collaboration with Honors faculty can lead to exciting ideas and research for both the students and the faculty involved. Ultimately the strength of the H-Option/Senior Study courses/coursework lies in the creative abilities of the Honors students and faculty. For most students, these can be some of the most exciting courses they take, because the core is independent research.