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Honors H-Option Courses

Tailor the Honors curriculum to your individual interests. H-Option courses offer an alternative mechanism to fulfill the necessary number of Honors course requirements.

These projects rely on more independent initiative than work completed in Honors courses. Culinary Arts students, who have a larger number of smaller-scale projects to complete, are encouraged to begin work on culinary lab H-Options early in their first year.

Working with a Faculty Member
H-Options are available in each college. Courses that may offer the H-Option are indicated by the "HO" attribute in the university's Course Catalog.

However, the decision to offer H-Options rests with individual instructors, and a statement to this effect is typically noted in the course syllabus.

To initiate the H-Option, consult your instructor during the first week of class about the feasibility of doing an H-Option in his or her class to provide an academic challenge beyond the general course criteria.

Projects
The actual H-Option project is left open to you and your instructor's imagination and willingness to work together.

Some faculty members offer you predetermined projects in their area of expertise. Others collaborate with you to develop an assignment that meshes with your interests. Projects may include a:

  • Lecture, PowerPoint, or other oral presentation
  • Demonstration to the class
  • Presentation and defense of a paper
  • Creative project
  • Additional research paper

Project Guidelines
H-Option projects vary widely by course and instructor, but they are held to a common set of academic standards.

To receive H-Option credit in any academic or related course (4.5 quarter hours), an Honors student must complete an appropriately cited 10-15 page research paper or engage in a creative project that requires a minimum of 15 hours to complete.

To receive H-Option credit in any culinary, baking & pastry, or nutrition lab, an Honors student must complete an appropriately cited 6-10 page research paper or engage in a creative project that requires a minimum of 10 hours to complete.

Instructors offering H-options in their course are encouraged to follow these guidelines:

The required work should equal one-third of the contract hours of the class. This translates to 12 approximately 15 hours of research, preparation and writing for a 4.5 quarter credit class.

The required work should demonstrate a mastery of the subject significantly above the scope of the material covered in class.

The required work should demonstrate a high level of research, analysis and originality sufficient to qualify it as an entry to the Academic Symposium.

The Honors Advisory Council welcomes the opportunity to review potential H-Option assignments in order to ensure consistency in the rigor and scope of projects.

Requirements
You are responsible for submitting the "Contract for H-Option Credit" form, signed by the professor, to the Honors Office by the end of the second week of the term.

This contract must include a typed description of the project for the H-Option Contract. This 11 paragraph-long statement should carefully spell out the specific research question that the project will address or offer other indication of the project's academic value or its relevance to course themes.

The project is concluded following the submission of a "Completion of H-Option" form at the end of the term.

H-Options for Non-Honors Students
Students who are not enrolled in the Honors program but have maintained a 3.40+ GPA for two consecutive terms can elect to enroll in one H-Option per term. Only the Honors course designation will appear on the transcript. Once a student's GPA drops below 3.40, the individual forfeits any further eligibility.

A non-honors program student must submit an "H-Option Eligibility" form to the Honors Director within the first two weeks of the term. This form will provide verification for the Honors Office of the GPA history as well as the signature of the faculty member recommending the student for honors work. An unofficial transcript must be included to verify the GPA eligibility.