Honors courses engage students in greater inquiry than regular courses and pick their curiosity with emphasis on creative and interactive learning, analysis, and synthesis. Students explore course material in more detail and depth.
While most classes at the University of Southern Indiana are small (average class size: 25), Honors students enjoy an even smaller class size and the intellectual stimulation of having other Honors students in a class where the quality of discussion is excellent. Students benefit from greater interaction with faculty.
Honors students at USI do not take more courses than other students to complete an undergraduate degree. Honors students do take courses that are more stimulating and challenging.
Three Types of Honors Courses
Stand-alone Honors Courses. These courses are open only to Honors students. Stand-alone Honors courses are designed specifically for Honors students. Class sizes are smaller than regular courses, there is more interaction with professors, and course work is both more challenging and stimulating.
Cross-Listed Contract Courses. Each of these courses is cross listed in the class schedule, meaning that it is listed twice, once as a regular section and once as an Honors section. Therefore, the class will be made up of Honors students and non-Honors students. Honors students are responsible for all the material on the course syllabus and an additional Honors component, for which they must fill out an Honors contract. In most cases, the professor has already designed the project for the Honors component.
Ad Hoc Contract Courses. A class that is not offered as a stand-alone or cross-listed Honors course may be taken for Honors credits by adding an Honors component to the course. The student will need to fill out an Honors contract with their professor that includes a description of a project that will satisfy the Honors component. A student taking an ad hoc contract courses is responsible for all material on the course syllabus and the additional Honors component. The student should approach the professor within the first two weeks of classes to discuss taking the class for Honors credit and designing a project for the Honors component.
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“Honors courses often have smaller class sizes and are more
discussion-based. At the end of the semester, I feel closest to my
Honors professors and classmates. Specifically, there was a sense of
community in my Honors Living Learning Community classes that I
wouldn't have experienced in general sections of core classes."
Carrie G. Allison
William & Rebecca Couch Education Scholarship
State Executive Board Member,
Indiana Student Education Association
New Harmony, Indiana
“The Honors seminar makes the transition from high school to college-level thinking much easier to grasp.
In the nursing program, I’m already very close to many of the faculty members. As a nursing Honors student, however, I’ve worked more one-on-one with the nursing faculty for extended periods of time. Working at the Honors level lets me have that ‘closer look’ at my future profession.
I absolutely love it.”
Allyson Crawford '10
Edward F. Harrison Scholarship for nursing students Gamma Phi Beta, Intramural Chair