How is an Honors course different?
Honors courses are more interactive, discussion-based, and hands-on than other courses, but are not necessarily more challenging. As an Honors student, you’ll get direct interaction with faculty and may be asked to present portions of the material to your peers. These courses might include a field trip or other hands-on learning experiences not offered in other courses. Honors seminars (which begin with the course prefix HONR) are unique courses offered only as Honors courses. Honors sections of regular courses (which include an “H” at the end of the course number, like CHEM 1500H or BIOL 1500H) generally cover the same content as non-Honors sections of courses, but present the material in different ways.
Are Honors courses more difficult?
Honors courses are typically smaller, more interactive, discussion-based, and more hands-on compared with other courses, but they are not designed to be more difficult. As an Honors student, you will have direct interaction with faculty and may be invited to lead discussion of the material. Honors courses might include a field trip or other hands-on learning experiences.
What benefits do I get from being in the Honors College?
The most important benefit to being in the Honors College is that you are a member of a close knit and engaged community of your peers and faculty who celebrate academic excellence. As an Honors student, you will receive supplemental scholarships, access to unique and distinct lectures, seminars with Distinguished Speakers, opportunities to participate in research and travel study, an array of engaging and interesting co-curricular programs, and priority course registration.
Are there award ceremonies at which I might be honored? Are my parents allowed/invited to attend?
Honors students are honored at the Fall and Spring Honors Banquets, at Honor Society inductions, and at commencement. Parents and families of Honors students are invited to attend the Honors Program Induction, Spring Honors Banquet, Honor Society inductions, and all commencement ceremonies.