Honors Accommodations

Guidelines on Accommodations for Honors Students

Approved by the University-wide General Education Committee on 7-23-1997

The content of Honors academic work can include:

  • Introduction to research methodologies and theories in the field
  • Exploration of primary sources such as major monographs, treatises, journals
  • Discussion of the nature and scope of current and past controversies among scholars
  • Experience using critical, analytic skills unique to the subject matter
  • Introduction to major contributors to the historical and current development of the field
  • Hands-on experience in the creative, scholarly process appropriate to the field
  • Practice and critique of written and oral communication skills

Information about Honors contracts may be obtained from the Honors College.

Guidelines for Instruction of Honors Students

Approved by the University-wide General Education Committee on 4-21-1999

The Honors component of Tier One and Tier Two courses must provide students with an enhanced learning experience, different qualitatively, rather than quantitatively, when compared to the experience of non-Honors students. Honors assignments should be different in kind, but comparable in number, to assignments given other students.

The Honors component should involve a high level of faculty involvement. If a department is able to demonstrate that an advanced GAT can provide an enhanced experience, then the GAT may serve as the leader of an honors discussion section or an honors lab provided that there is periodic faculty involvement in meetings with the Honors students and in supervision of the GAT.

The policy of the Honors College is that GATs cannot be the instructors of record in Honors courses at Tier One or Tier Two, nor can they sponsor Honors contracts.