Honors Program

Honors Upper Division in the Major

Honors Upper Division in the Major

for outstanding challenges in your department's culminating projects and courses

Deadline for proposals for Spring 2018: November 14, 2017

Honors students who are completing their requirements for graduation in cursu honorum are frequently involved in research, senior design projects or a required thesis, capstone, residency, or other culminating experience in their major departments. To encourage extraordinary achievements as Honors students prepare for graduation, we are pleased to partner with faculty across campus to offer Honors Upper Division in the Major.

This new option is one of several alternatives to taking a second Honors Colloquium. It's a way to commit more fully to the most exciting upper-division work you are doing in your major. Honors Upper Division in the Major indicates that your achievement in a culminating experience goes far beyond expectations: it has a depth that reflects your intellectual curiosity, not just fulfilling a requirement.

If you are interested in pursuing this option:

1. Identify an upper-division course (usually at the 4000-level) in your major that reflects your own career interests or growth most fully.

  • For example, if you are planning to study computer forensics in graduate school, a cybersecurity course is a logical choice.
  • If you have been doing research for a few semesters with a faculty member in your department, identify the course(s) that students take for 3 or more credit hours of research. (These courses go by different names, so ask your faculty mentor.)
  • Engineering students who are going to serve as team leaders for their capstone or senior design project are eligible.
  • If you are taking a graduate-level course in your department, it may qualify.
  • If you are unsure if your senior thesis, senior recital, residency, seminar, or other culminating experience fits, ask.

2. Think about how your involvement in this course can be developed to reflect honors achievement.

  • Your research, responsibilities, or other involvement in the course should holistically reflect achievement that exceeds "A" expectations. Unlike an Honors Contract, Honors Upper Division in the Major requires overall depth, not an add-on project.
  • Talk to the professor for the course to determine what the normal expectations for the course are, bringing with you the application form for Honors Upper Division in the Major. Do this at least one full semester in advance.
  • Consult with the Honors Faculty Liaison in your department for further ideas and information.

3. Draft your proposal in collaboration with the professor who is teaching the course using this form: Honors Upper Division in the Major Proposal

  • Make an appointment with Dr. Barnes by sending her three possible meeting times for reviewing your draft.
  • After reviewing the draft, allow time to meet with your professor for any revisions or additional details.

4. Obtain all signatures and return the completed application to the Honors Office by the announced deadline.