One of the most impactful experiences an LAS Honors student can pursue is a one-on-one project with an instructor. If you would like to earn an Honors grade in a standard/non-Honors course, you can opt to pursue an Honors project through completing an Electronic Honors Credit Learning Agreement (EHCLA). The Electronic Honors Credit Learning Agreement (EHCLA) is an email that is automatically sent when you enter the course, add the description of your project into your portfolio, and hit submit. Make sure you talk to your instructor beforehand and make sure they agree to the project before you put it into your portfolio, in order to avoid any surprised instructors. Your instructor or faculty member may submit their portion after the deadline, but you must submit your portion by the 6-week-portfolio deadline.
We typically describe Honors projects as something that students will commit an additional 10-12 hours to over the course of a semester, and it should be a project that asks you to go deeper into the subject matter and develop unique skills. So, ideally it’s not just turning a 6-page paper into a 16-page paper. Instead, a student might do an oral presentation, a unique research project, an annotated bibliography, a study of current events that relate to the subject matter, or a multimedia project.
- Photo essays
- Research experiences
- Curricular development
- Community outreach
- Internet, film, or photographic projects
- Multimedia essays
- Social media explorations
- Interdisciplinary projects
Project description example: For my honors project for my memory & amnesia psychology class, PSYC 403, I will be writing a 10-12 page paper in APA format where I will invent a fake patient for a case study. I will create a backstory and describe the patient, answering questions such as: Where did they grow up? What was their occupation? Do they have any family? What happened to them resulting in a memory impairment? I will also describe their symptomology, as well as: What can they do? What can't they do? Do they have any brain damage? What laboratory tests can they complete like a normal control subject? On which tests are they impaired? How are they similar to other patients in the literature? How are they different? This case study will include both my research on memory and amnesia as well as my creativity.