Section: 5-Student Services

Policy No: 45
Approved: 3/11/98
Revised: 11/16/01



45.1 Purpose of the Honors Program

45.1.1 To promote individualized intensive learning experiences that involve one-on-one interaction between teachers and students.

45.1.2 To provide a challenging learning environment for academically gifted and advanced students.

45.1.3 To promote a climate of intellectual inquiry across all disciplines on campus.

45.2 Honors Curriculum

45.2.1 Students and teachers in any discipline will formulate individualized learning experiences that involve one-on-one instruction and hands-on experience in the discipline. These experiences will have the following characteristics: A student approaches a teacher, or a teacher approaches a student to propose further study and some project in the content of a discipline, study that goes beyond the scope of the standard coursework in the discipline. Together, the student and teacher devise an individualized course of study which must involve either a paper or a project. In other words, students will not receive Honors credit unless there is hands-on work in the discipline, not passive reading or listening. Whereas COOP courses involve paid employment in, and exposure to, a vocation or discipline, the honors study and its project or paper will involve specific work on a narrow issue or problem within the discipline. The Honors candidate will enroll in HON 2800, "Honors Project," a two-credit course based on the following criteria: The project or paper will be advanced work, going beyond the scope of the standard course in the curriculum. In other words, students should not receive Honors credit for work that is basically no more advanced than work completed in standard courses. The project or paper will involve sixty or more hours of student work. The student and teacher will meet frequently until the project is completed, at which point the teacher will submit a memo to the Admissions and Records office indicating the student's name and grade. Honors 2800 may begin at any point in the term; however, the student should be registered in the class while working on the project. If the project extends over two or more terms, the teacher should give the student an "I" grade until the project is completed, at which point the teacher assigns a grade. Any paper that results from Honors 2800 will be considered for publication in an Honors Journal or other approved campus publication, and any project that results from Honors 2800 will be submitted for presentation in an Honors Forum or other approved campus forum.

45.3 Honors Requirements

45.3.1 To graduate with honors status, students must meet these criteria: They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. They must have at least two credits of Honors 2800.

45.4 The Honors Advisor

45.4.1The Honors Program will have an Honors Advisor, whose responsibilities will be: To promote broad-based participation in the Honors Program through such means as mailings, advertisements, and publication of Honors activities. To track and advise potential Honors graduates. To publish and distribute an Honors Journal, each semester which should be comprised of the best student papers written in Honors 2800. To conduct an Honors Forum course offered once a year, which should be comprised of student presentations about the best projects completed in the Honors 2800. These presentations may be supplemented by faculty and guest lectures. To promote an intellectual atmosphere on campus by administering special lectures, field trips, contests, etc. within the scope of the Honors operating budget.