Honors Option (H-Option)

An honors option contract is an agreement between a Honors student and a faculty instructor that allows the student to turn a standard course into an honors course.


Appropriate Use of Honors Option

Since most honors courses are lower-division, honors options should be pursued primarily in the upper-division. There are exceptions to this rule. Honors options should not be used to avoid a regular honors course, or because an honors course is full or conflicts with the student’s schedule. While most honors options will be in courses related to the student’s major or minor, they can be appropriate in other courses where the student can demonstrate genuine interest and commitment.


Approaching a Professor about an H-option


 Step 1: Approach Instructor and Develop H-Option Plan 

You must first approach your instructor BEFORE submitting and H-option contract for credit with the Honors Program. Instructors are not obligated to grant request for H-Options. Together with your instructor, you will develop a plan to determine what would add depth of knowledge, practice, or leadership to the course. The nature of work undertaken for H-Option credit may vary according to the academic interest of you and your instructor. Listed below are some suggestions: 

  • Delivering a lecture to class on an issue raised by the course readings 
  • Writing a paper that involves extensive library, laboratory, or field research 
  • Collaborating with a professor on a research project 
  • Preparing an annotated bibliography or literature review of material relevant to the course 
  • Creating a website, video presentation, or work of art related to the course 


Step 2: Write an H-Option Proposal 

Describe the nature of the H-Option assignment in a paragraph that details the planned work and justifies its consideration for Honors credit. This proposal must be in PDF format and attached to the H-Option application form. Please include the following points in the proposal:

  • Your name and W number on the top of the page
  • How often you and your faculty will meet to review and/or evaluate your progress
  • Brief description of the topic/subject/theme to be covered and the size/scope of the project
  • What medium you will use (writing, website, video, creative piece)
  • The results of the project- Will you produce a paper, a presentation, a video, a published article, a report on the research, etc.
  • Your goals/aims for the project- How do you see it impacting your work in the course?


Download a pdf version of the H-option contract form. Original signatures are required. 

NOTE: The Honors Program reserves the right to ask for further details or to reject the proposal. Students who attempt but fail to complete two H-option contracts will not be allowed to enter into any further H-option contracts.

Procedural Information & Deadlines

Honors options contracts are submitted in the Honors office.

The honors option submission deadline is the 14th day of the semester (7th day for Term classes). See your weekly Honors emails for specific deadline information each semester.