Awarding an Honors Option

Honors Options Authorizations

The Honors Option (H-Option) is one way in which any MSU undergraduate student who is enrolled in a non-Honors course can earn Honors credit. The Honors Option is more extensive or more advanced work than is required of all students in a traditional course. View courses authorized by the department for H-Option. The professor must approve the format, timeline, and scope of the project. Please visit this page to view examples of past Honors Options.

Ideas of How Students Can Complete On-Line Honors Options

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 Honors 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 Honors Option will be awarded.

Submitting an Honors Option
With Agreement Form

  • After first consulting the instructor, students should submit an Honors Option Agreement Form located on the Registrar's website under ‘Student Resources’ and selecting ‘Student-Instructor Forms.’
  • After the student submits the form, it will route to the instructor for approval. Rejection of the form will urge the student to discuss changes to the form with the instructor before re-submitting.
  • At the end of the semester, instructors can access the form to approve or deny it based on whether requirements, such as minimum course grade, were met.
  • Email reminders will be sent to instructors from the Registrar's Office to approve/deny the form once per week; the instructor can also go to the Student-Instructor Form System to review. 

Without Agreement Form
If students do not submit an Honors Option Agreement Form at the start of the semester, or are completing Honors Option work after the semester ends, instructors can also submit an Honors Option Report Form through the Administrative Action Form portion of the Registrar’s website.

  • Visit reg.msu.edu.
  • Click the ‘Faculty & Staff’ tab.
  • Click ‘Instructor Systems.’
  • Under ‘Other Links,’ click ‘Administrative Action Forms.’
  • Use the ‘H-Option Report Form’ to provide student PID, grade, & Honors project information.

Note: This process should be followed to report Honors Options completed by multiple students through group collaboration - ‘H-Option Report-Multiple Students.’ 

Report Form Notes
Honors Options may be denied for a number of reasons, including:

  • Earned grade in course and/or Honors Option work not meeting minimum standards as outlined by the department
  • Including student PIDs in the description of project section when using the H-Option Report-Multiple Students, as this form generates a report attached to each individual student record, thereby potentially revealing confidential information on another student’s record 
  • Insufficient description of project on Honors Option Agreement Form or Honors Option Report Form

Should a form be denied, comments will be provided on the returned form indicating the reason. 


Please visit this page for more information on Honors Options with a Service/Community Engaged Learning Focus.