What makes a course “Honors level”?
Honors level work means a different kind of work, not just more work. Honors courses and projects enable broader, deeper, and more complex learning. Honors work should be student-driven and faculty-supported, enabling students to take a leadership role in their education.
Honors courses should involve some of the following:
- Critical reading of primary texts
- Multiple-draft paper writing
- Synthesis of materials & connections across disciplines
- Creative research focusing on process rather than product
- Metacognitive questions such as “How do you know?”
- Community engagement & projects that address real-world problems and lead to engaged citizenship
- Enhanced opportunities for student-faculty interactions
- Student-led seminar discussions and presentations
- Problem-solving with creative approaches
- Integrative learning focusing on local and global connections
Honors projects can involve research writing, data analysis, experimentation, interpretation, design, or artistic production. Your project may be self-reflective, analytical, or creative.