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The H-Option is an opportunity for Honors students to develop individualized programs of study. H-Options allow students to receive Honors credit for 200-level and above, non-Honors courses by undertaking more extensive or advanced work than would be normally required. The application links are located at the bottom of this page. Please make sure to select the link that best applies to your situation.

Steps to Apply for Individual H-Option

Step 1: Review the Requirements

H-Option contracts are only allowed for students with good academic standing in the Honors College. Eligible courses are 200-level and above, preferably in your discipline. H-Option contracts will not be approved for a course if an Honors section of that course is available during the same semester. Students are limited to a combined total of nine (9) alternate coursework credits.

Step 2: Approach Instructor and Develop H-Option Plan

You must first approach your supervising instructor BEFORE applying for H-Option credits with the Honors College. Instructors are not obligated to grant requests for H-Option. Together with your instructor, you will develop a plan to determine what would add depth of knowledge, practice, or leadership to the course. The nature of the work undertaken for H-Option credit may vary according to the academic interests of you and your instructor. Listed below are some suggestions:
  • Delivering a lecture to the class on some issue raised by the course readings
  • Writing a paper that involves library, laboratory, or field research
  • Collaborating with a professor on a research project
  • Preparing an annotated bibliography or literature review of material relevant to the course
  • Creating a website, video presentation, or work of art related to the course

Step 3: Write an H-Option Proposal

Describe the nature of the H-Option assignment in a paragraph that details the planned work and justifies its consideration for Honors credit. This proposal will be attached to the H-Option online application form (link located at the bottom of this page). Be sure to include your name and student ID number on this attached page. This attachment must be in PDF form. The Honors College reserves the right to ask for further details or to reject the proposal.

Step 4: Submit an Application

Submit the online application form with the attached H-Option description to the Honors College. The instructor will receive a copy of the submitted form and must email the Honors College with their approval by the 10th day of the semester in which you intend to receive credit. The Dean of the Honors College will review the application for approval.

Notes for Instructors

Instructors are not obligated to grant requests for H-Options. The Honors College cannot reimburse faculty for their services. If an instructor agrees to work with a student, they must then develop a plan with the student to determine what would add depth of knowledge, practice, or leadership to the course. During the semester, instructors will meet with students as needed. The Honors College recommends meeting at least 2-3 times during the semester and having students regularly check in with their progress; however, this is left to the instructor’s discretion.

The Honors designation for the course will be awarded after the instructor confirms that the student completed the contract assignments with sufficient quality. Instructors may choose whether or not to give a separate grade for the H-Option work. Instructors are not obligated to include the H-Option assignments into the course grade. Grading these assignments may simply be for the student’s benefit in letting them know how well they did.

Completion of H-Option

You must complete the course as described in the H-Option proposal. The Honors College recommends you meet with your supervising instructor at least 2-3 times during the semester and keep them informed of your progress. If you wish to drop the H-Option, you must inform the instructor and the Honors College in writing prior to the end of the semester.

The Honors designation for the course will be awarded after the instructor confirms that you completed the contract assignments with sufficient quality.

Important Reminder

Students are limited to a combined total of nine (9) alternative coursework credits, including H-Option.

 

Standardized H-Options

In a standardized H-Option course, the Honors College arranges the H-Option requirements with the instructor prior to the start of the semester. Because the class is open to all students, Honors students have the option to to take the class for Honors credit or to take it as a regular section without the extra requirements; however, they must submit a participation form to the Honors College by the 10th day of class if they want to receive Honors credit. Standardized H-Options are clearly outlined in our course list each semester.

Apply Now

Follow this link if you are applying for an individual H-option for your course and have followed all the steps above completely.

Follow this link if you are in a class that has a pre-approved H-Option between your instructor and the Honors College.