Spring 2021 Courses

The Honors Program offers six 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
Quest 1 Courses All new first-year students have to take an Honors Q1 Course in 20/21
(un)common arts  1 credit courses centered around performances or exhibits (arts)
(un)common reads 1 credit courses centered around great books
Interdisciplinary Courses  Course for Honors students that cross and combine disciplines
Professional Development  Professional Development, Leadership, Research, Internships
Signature Seminars Leading Researchers share their area of expertise with select undergrads

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
  • The student 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:

  • A student participates in lab meetings and/or research with a professor and grad students on the course topic.
  • The student attends and summarizes seminars on campus related to the course topic.
  • The student does an independent reading on the topic with guidance from the professor, and then presents analysis (either oral or written, to the professor or class).
  • Student helps professor develop lecture(s), lab exercise(s), or multimedia on the course topic.
  • Student designs test questions for each module
  • Student helps with web design, publication writing/revision, or other extension-related activities on the course topic.