Spring 2018 Courses
The Honors Program offers five types of courses. We also offer Honors Contract courses - 1 credit of additional material to supplement any upper-division (> 3000) level course.
|Honors Sections||Versions of Regular Courses for Honors Students, usually smaller and more in depth|
|(un)common arts||1 credit courses centered around performances or exhibits (arts)|
|(un)common reads||1 credit courses centered around great books|
|Interdisciplinary||Course for Honors students that cross and combine disciplines|
|Development||Professional Development, Leadership, Research, Internships|
IDH 4903 - Honors Program Course Contract
Turn any upper division course into an Honors Course!
How the honors contract works:
- Within the first three class days of the semester, student and professor agree on how to structure the contract and jointly complete the Honors Contract Form
- Student takes the form or emails it to the Honors Program Director for approval.
- If approved, the student is added to a section of IDH 4903.
- Professor submits the final grade for the student for the honors section to the Honors office.
What an honors contract should and should not be:
- It should enhance the quality of the learning experience in the course, rather than simply increasing the quantity of work. In most cases, a higher quality experience will require more time and effort, so Honors students will indeed be working harder.
- It should hone the student’s critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills in addition to enhancing their grasp of the subject.
- It should enhance interaction between the student and the professor.
- It should not be burdensome to the professor in terms of time or resources.
Some ideas for contracts that have worked well:
- Student participates in lab meetings and/or research with professor and grad students on course topic.
- Student attends and summarizes seminars on campus related on course topic.
- Student does independent reading on the topic with guidance from professor, and then presents analysis (either oral or written, to professor or to class).
- Student helps professor develop lecture(s), lab exercise(s), or multimedia on course topic.
- Student helps with web design, publication writing/revision, or other extension- related activities on course topic.