Advising Junior/Senior Honors Students
Advisors/Mentors for the Junior/Senior level
- The student requests a full-time member of the department to serve as his or her mentor during the junior/senior phase.
- The student generally meets with his or her advisor/mentor once or twice a month during this process.
- Communication may also be carried out by email.
- The Honors Program Director works cooperatively with individual Honors advisors/mentors to ensure the success of the process.
What requirements must the student fulfill for an Honors degree at the junior/senior level?
- The student fulfills all the regular requirements for a degree in the major, incorporating the following differences into his or her curriculum.
- These requirements are listed in the Catalog. They may be found listed under the designation "Honors Program" under the catalog entry for each individual department or school.
What requirements must Honors student fulfill at the Junior/Senior Level?
1. Admission to the school or department
- The student must apply to the specific department or school in order to be admitted to the Junior/Senior phase of the Honors Program.
- The request may be made formally in writing (email) or it may be made informally as a verbal request on the part of the student.
- The process varies from department to department.
- Check with your department for department specific policies.
2. Preparing for the Off-Campus Study
- During the junior year, the student undertakes an independent study course or courses designed to give credit for researching, developing, and submitting the proposal for the off-campus study.
- These courses range from 3 to 6 credits.
- These courses are listed under the designation "Honors Program" in the catalog entry for each individual department or school.
- The grade is not assigned until the proposal is accepted by the departmental advisor, by the Honors Director and by the Honors Council.
- All revisions must be completed to the satisfaction of the advisor.
- The grade for the proposal is assigned by the honors advisor in the department.
3. The Off-Campus Study Experience
- Generally during the summer after junior year, or after senior year, the student undertakes a 3 to 12 week off-campus study experience.
- Time and duration are flexible.
- Students may complete this period during the fall or winter semesters as well.
- The student receives 4 credits (HON 495 or its departmental equivalent) for completing this semester.
- The course may be taken when it fits into the student’s schedule. No final grade is given until HON 496 (Honors Thesis) is completed.
- Until all requirements for both 495 and 496 are met, the student received a Y grade designating work in progress.
4. Completing the Honors Thesis or Project
- The departmental advisor guides the student through the revisions needed to develop a good senior paper in the student’s discipline.
- The honors director guides the student through the required honors program format for the thesis.
- With the help of the Honors Director, the student selects a committee of at least three readers, who read, comment on, and make suggestions for final revisions.
- Generally one reader is the Honors advisor/mentor. A second reader may be either within or outside the department, and a third represents the honors program. The honors program representative may be an honors faculty member, an honors council member, or the honors director.
- The director must, however, approve the format of the paper as corresponding to honors guidelines. Honors guidelines are flexible, recognizing that format and documentation guidelines vary from discipline to discipline.
- The student presents the thesis before the committee or as an alternative, presents the paper at a conference.
- After all requested revisions have been completed to the satisfaction of the departmental advisor and the committee members, the student then submits the final draft to the Honors Director for printing in the print shop.
- Only when the thesis is completed in all its revisions, and “camera ready” for the print shop does the departmental advisor assign the grade for both HON 495 and 496 or their departmental equivalents. The honors director does not assign the grade for the thesis.
- Generally the department covers the cost for printing.
5. Procedure for Creative Projects
- The student develops the project under the guidance of his or her advisor, and completes the project, or performs the work to the satisfaction of the advisor and the Honors Director. A committee of three should participate in the final evaluation of the production or presentation.
6. Assigning a grade for the thesis
- Until the thesis is approved and ready for printing in the print shop, no final grade is assigned to HON 495 and 496 or its departmental equivalent.
- Instead the student receives a Y grade, indicating work in progress.
- The departmental advisor and the honors director must agree that all revisions have been made, and that the work is completed to the satisfaction of departmental requirements and honors guidelines for thesis format and requirements before a final grade is assigned.
- The final grade is assigned by the departmental advisor, even if the courses are taken with an HON designation (HON 495, 496).
- If 495 and 496 are taken as HON courses, the grade for HON 495 and 496 is submitted by email to the Honors Director, who then submits it to the Registrar's Office.
7. Honors 498 Senior
- Seminar HON 498 (formerly HON 390). After returning from the off-campus study, the student takes this course with other seniors. It is given only in the winter semester. In exceptional cases, the student may take the course before undertaking the off-campus study.
8. Honors Elections
- The student must completion of a total of 5 honors elections before graduation.
9. Violation of the 40-65 Hour Rule
- All courses for off-campus preparation and for the off-campus experience as well as the thesis itself are cross-listed with the departmental equivalents.
- If a student completing a B.A. is in danger of violating the 40 hour rule and will have too many credits in his or her major, the student may take the courses as HON instead of the departmental equivalent.