- A low-enrollment seminar or faculty-led discussion section (typically capped at 25 students or fewer)
- Enrollment limited to students declared in the Honors Program
- All students in an Honors section complete the same work; no way to opt out of Honors while in that section and no extra Honors assignments for certain students
The Honors Program’s guiding principle for grading, affirmed by the Faculty Honors Committee, is that no student should be disadvantaged through having undertaken (or attempted) an Honors project.
Honors Only courses are NOT defined by being particularly accelerated or rigorous, and the overall workload should still align with the level and credits awarded for the course. Ideally, course content and pace supports meaningful depth of learning while also supporting students who may not have previous experience with the topic or discipline. Note that course requisites still apply.
In all cases, faculty are encouraged to clearly articulate grading policy in their syllabi and explain at the beginning of the semester.
All students in the Honors section should be required to complete the same work and will be graded with the same (Honors) syllabus. Honors credit cannot be removed for individual students.
Honors Only discussion sections frequently have different assignments or assessments than the non-Honors sections of the course. Honors students may, for instance, complete a group project, a presentation, or community activity instead of (or in addition to) a standard writing assignment or test. Just as there is great flexibility in designing Honors assignments and courses, instructors are free to select the grading options and rubrics that best reflect their course activities and desired learning outcomes.
B or Better Rule
Students must earn a final grade of B or higher in an Honors course in order for the course credit to count towards an L&S Honors degree requirement. This is true for all types of Honors courses and for all L&S Honors degree tracks.
If a student completes an Honors Only course but earns a final grade below a B, DARS will not count the course credit toward Honors-specific requirements for that student. The transcript will still show that the student was in an Honors version of the course.
Honors staff are eager to support you at any stage of developing or teaching an Honors course. We would also love to hear and share your ideas of what has worked well while teaching an Honors course!