Awarding an Honors Option
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. Courses used for Honors Options must be at least 2 units. 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.
Please note: The Honors College does not accept H-options in:
- Internships/ Field Work/Practicums or other experiential education courses (apart from EGR 392, EGR 493, & EGR 494)
- Independent Studies
- One unit and variable unit courses (apart from MUS courses)
- Education Abroad – Direct Enroll; (MSU faculty-led programs are permitted)
- CR/NC and P/N courses if the department has a minimum course GPA requirement
- Courses already notated with an H, meaning only one honors experience per course
Honors Option Submission Directions
The course grade must be submitted in the system before you can indicate that an Honors Option has been completed for the course.
As long as there is a fully approved honors option agreement form (HOA) submitted by the student follow these directions at the end of the semester. Do not fill out a new AA form from the RO Online Forms Menu.
- Once a grade has been submitted for your course, go to reg.msu.edu
- Hover over the “Faculty & Staff” tab at the top of the webpage
- Click on “Student-Instructor Forms” which should bring you to this page
- Scroll down to the header “Administrative Action Form Initiation of Student-Instructor Forms”
- You will then need to click “Initiate and Approve” for any student’s form that completed the honors option work.
If you have students who did not complete the work that was required, you will want to “delete” or “remove” their form.
Helpful Link: Student-Instructor Forms
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
- 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.