Teaching & Mentoring
with Honors

Honors Programs perform several functions. They help attract and retain the University’s best and brightest students and they offer an exceptional undergraduate education through classes and seminars, close interaction with faculty and professional staff on campus, and research opportunities, in addition to social and residence-based activities. Many faculty consider teaching Honors students to be a highlight of their work. While most of the rewards for teaching Honors students are intrinsic, the energy and enthusiasm that result – on the part of both students and faculty – can enhance and rejuvenate faculty work both in and outside the classroom.

Here are some ways faculty can become involved in Honors education:

  • First-Year Mentor Program: Individual faculty or faculty supervising a lab work with first-year students with whom they are matched on the basis of abilities, skills, and interests. Matches occur in fall and students earn 1-2 Pass/Fail credits in spring. Some students continue their research in the summer or following semesters. For more, click here.
  • Honors Courses (stand-alone, recitation, lab or studio): Many departments, especially Engineering, English, Chemistry, Math, and Physics, offer Honors-designated courses. These are often smaller than average, more hands-on or inductive, and taught by advanced or especially interested faculty. See a complete list here.
  • “Contracted” Honors Courses: Honors students can take a regular course for Honors credit by completing a contract for more in-depth or independent work. The contract must be agreed upon by student and faculty member, and approved by the Honors Administrative Director. For more information, click here.
  • Honors Seminars: These 1- or 2-credit, Pass/Fail courses, are offered by faculty each semester on a wide variety of topics. Topics can reflect faculty interests (e.g. “Tolkien's Mythology”) as well as professional expertise (e.g., “Science Communication Secrets: Beyond Speaking Clearly”). To learn more, click here.
  • Honors Projects: Each student completing work in Honors creates a final Honors Project that serves as a capstone experience. Faculty can work with students, advising and supervising them as they complete creative, scholarly, or empirical research projects. For more information, click here.