Honors Experience Guidelines

Honors students with junior/senior standing may apply one of the following one time only towards their Honors credits.  It is the student’s responsibility to receive approval from the Honors Director for these credits prior to the experience: 

  • 3 credits of global experience (study abroad/travel course)

  • 3 credits from select internships or community service

  • 3 credits from independent research (Wilson scholarships, independent study in Honors, etc.)

Students who pursue this option are required to present their experience at an Honors event or faculty sponsored Symposium presentation, and to complete any additional requirements as determined by the Honors Council. With prior permission, Honors Experience may also constitute the basis for an Honors Thesis or Creative/Service Project.

The Honors Experience is intended to provide Honors students the opportunity to be actively engaged in the process of learning, i.e. it promotes a student-centered approach to learning.

Students move through the experiential learning cycle which can be conceptualized as a process with several components: students have an experience (Concrete Experience), reflect on observations about that experience (Reflective Observation), analyze responses and formulate new ideas (Abstract Conceptualization), and then actively test these new ideas in new situations (Active Experimentation). Students prepare a final culminating report and presentation that demonstrates how the experience altered or reinforced previous notions.

Prior to registration, students will work with a faculty member or the honors director to create a proposal for the experience.  Experiences may consist of, but are not limited to internships, volunteerism, research and special projects. Upon the conclusion of the experience, students submit a comprehensive report recording and reflecting upon the experiential learning cycle to the Honors director and present on their experience at an Honors event.

Prerequisite(s): Junior/senior standing and permission of Honors Director only.

​Experience Proposal Form

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