Awarding an Honors Option

Honors Options Authorizations

The Honors Option (H-Option) is one way in which an Honors College 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 regular 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.

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.

Instructions for submitting an Honors Option:

  1. 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".
  2. 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.
  3. At the end of the semester, instructors can access the form to approve or deny it based on whether requirements were met.
  4. Email reminders will also be sent to instructors from the Registrar's Office to approve/deny the form once per week.  Or instructor can go to the Student Instructor Form System to review. 

For information on filing out an Honors Option Report Form (when no Honors Option Agreement Form has been submitted) please visit this page.

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