Registering for Honors Credit
There are two ways to earn Honors credit.
- Honors courses: These courses are taught in ways that transcend the traditional lecture, allowing for more interaction between the individual student, faculty and fellow Honors students.
- Honors credit by contract: Students may contract with a Professor to earn Honors credit for a non-Honors course.
In both cases, the Honors student would register officially for the Honors course section which will then be noted on their transcript.
- Honors Students have priority registration status.
- An Honors College hold will be placed on all HC Students.
- In order to priority register, the student must make an appointment and meet with their individual college Academic Advisors to set their schedule. Be sure to receive a signed Academic Advising form at the end of the meeting.
- To complete the process, students need to bring their signed advising form to the Honors College offices and meet with HC staff. This must be done before the student registers for courses on Blue and Gold. The Honors College hold will not be lifted until these two meetings are completed.
- Students who are self-advising should come directly to the Honors College and complete the form.
Please note: The Honors College does not advise students on which courses to take. This is the expertise of the Academic Advisors. The Honors College collects the advising forms to track which courses are being taken. This tracking may allow for an Honors section to be set-up if 10 or more HC students are enrolled in a specific course and the resources are available.
How to Process an Honors Contract
- Get the Honors contract form from the Honors College office.
- Obtain the Professor’s consent to take the course for Honors credit and develop, in conjunction with the Professor, a description of the proposed Honors component for the course. (If the Professor is interested, but needs more information, they should call the Honors College.)
- Complete the Honors contract form with the Professor. (All signatures are required.) Attach a copy of the agreed upon Honors component to the signed contract form.
- Then the student turns the completed form into the Honors College. PLEASE NOTE THE PROCESS IS NOT COMPLETE YET!
- The Dean of the Honors College approves the contract and submits it to be added to the course schedule which takes up to two working days.
- The Honors Student then needs to go into Blue and Gold to register for the Honor section of the course (marked HR). If they are already registered for another section, they should drop from that section and register for the Honors one. This is the only way the “Honors” designation will show on your transcript.
Requirements of the Signed Honors Contract
All work must be completed to the instructor's satisfaction by the end of the semester. If the Honors project is not completed, there are two options: a) the student will be assigned a grade of "I" or incomplete by the instructor (at their discretion). Once the project is completed, the grade will be changed to the appropriate one. Or b) the student will fail the entire course.
Please note: If the student drops the course, they are dropping the entire course, not just the Honors section. There is no moving the student from the Honors section to the regular class once the contract has been signed and processed.
This page was last updated on: December 18, 2012