Note to Faculty Mentors

Approved Honors Program faculty mentors are responsible for determining the criteria by which student honors work will be evaluated. Faculty mentors and academic divisions at IUPUC are not required to accept honors applications. Some divisions may establish specific guidelines for students completing honors-level work within that division. If such policies are developed, a copy should be provided to Vickie Welsh-Huston, director of the Honors Program.


Honors Program Curriculum

As a student in the Honors Program, you can earn honors credit by completing coursework specially designed for honors students or by enhancing your regularly scheduled courses for honors program credit.

You will work with an approved faculty member to develop an honors contract for all honors-level courses you choose to take. The contract might include, but is not limited to, examples of work like:

  • An independent project that employing research methods taught in the course
  • A paper whose references are the primary sources addressed in a course text
  • Presenting your independent project or research results to your class or another campus group
  • Designing and completing a special project, performance, or product

Work completed as part of your honors contract is not a substitute for your required coursework. Rather, you will complete honors assignments and work outlined in the contract in ADDITION to required coursework.

Honors Experience & Requirements

An honors experience is the capstone of the Honors Program. Under the supervision of an IUPUC faculty mentor, you will make an original contribution to your major field of study and academic discipline. You have considerable latitude about the type of project you choose—you might plan a service learning project, for example, to benefit a local organization or engage in empirical research on a topic that you personally find interesting. Or you might produce creative work, like an art installation, a short story or novel, or a musical or theatrical performance. Creative products like these should include a written critical analysis that defines the product's relevance to a broader field of work. Once your contract is finalized, requirements for completing your honors experience include:

  • An oral defense, demonstration, or display of the completed honors experience before members of the campus community.
  • Participation in presentation or poster session at a local, regional, national, and/or international academic conference is strongly encouraged.
  • You might utilize a program-specific capstone course in lieu of an independent study project if the course meets the same criteria as the honor-level indepedent study.
  • All honors experiences must be integrated into a specific course's curriculum and learning outcomes.
  • Your faculty mentor will assign a grade to your chosen experience.
  • For honors credit, you must earn a grade B or higher for both the regular and honors work.