Honors allows students to work with their instructors to earn Honors credit for most regular WSU classes.
Because the Honors Option requires additional instructor time, the course instructor should be a full-time employee of Wichita State (not an adjunct or Graduate Teaching Assistant). Exceptions may be granted only with the permission of the instructor’s department chair and the Honors College Dean.
For Students: If you are interested in negotiating an Honors Option:
Do not be offended if your instructor is unable or unwilling to negotiate an Honors option. Many instructors are happy to accommodate Honors students, so do not be afraid to ask.
Procedure: If your instructor is willing to design an Honors option:
At the end of the semester, the Honors College Dean will contact your instructor to verify that you have successfully completed the Honors work in the course. The Honors College Dean will then
contact the Registrar’s Office to have the Honors designation added to that course on your transcript.
For Instructors: Honors Options follow the philosophy of Honors: “not more work, more significant work.” While it is acceptable to construct an Honors Option that consists of extra homework or extra readings, ideally we would like for you to consider ways that an Honors student can engage with the course material at a more complex or experiential level. Honors Options can also give students the opportunity to engage in research, exploration, or investigation that goes beyond the boundaries of what can often be covered in the regular classroom environment.
At the end of the semester, please submit the Honors student’s final letter grade as you would normally do for non-Honors students enrolled in the class. Then, send an e-mail to the Honors College Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that the Honors student has successfully completed the Honors Option for the class. The Honors College Dean will notify the Registrar’s Office, and an Honors designation will be added to the course on the student’s transcript.
Questions about an Honors Option? Email: email@example.com or call x3375
Below are some examples of what previous students have completed for their Honors Option Contracts. Feel free to adapt these to suit your interests and needs.