The Honors Option

Earning an Honors Option

The Honors Option is one way in which an Honors College student who is enrolled in non-Honors course can earn an Honors experience.

General Description

An Honors Option is more extensive or more advanced work than is required of all students in a regular course. The professor must approve the format, timeline, and scope of the project.

University policy is that Honors Options must be supervised by a member of the MSU faculty. The Honors College defers to department chairs regarding procedures for faculty supervision of Honors Options in circumstances where the course is taught by someone other than a faculty member.

The quality of an H-Option project does not affect the grade assigned for a course; however, in some cases a minimum grade must be earned in a course before the Honors credit associated with the H-Option can be awarded. 

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1. Check whether your course is approved by the department for Honors Option credit.

2. Talk to your professor early in the semester to see whether he or she would be willing to oversee an Honors Option.

3. Complete an Honors Option Agreement form to make clear the expectations for the project. Completing the form is strongly encouraged but optional.


Complete an Honors Option with a Service Learning Focus form to make clear the expectations for the project. Completing the form is required. Students must also register with the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement for the Honors Option.

4. At the end of the term, the instructor files an online Administrative Action Form for each student who has satisfactorily completed the H-Option.

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Examples of Honors Options

 A variety of activites may be used to satisfy the H-Option. Some examples are provided here.