Honors Program

Academics & The Honors Experience

Put the WOW! in your IU East experience by joining an active and engaged community of scholars in the Honors Program! You can expect to develop lifelong relationships with fellow students and faculty members throughout your time as an Honors student. The Honors Room (Springwood Hall 202A) is a gathering place for extracurricular social and academic events throughout the semester as well as a collaborative study area where you can meet with other honors students throughout the semester. The Honors Program secretary will also be available in the Honors Room for any immediate questions or to relay information or materials to the Honors Program director or advisors.

While this page outlines the academic requirements of the Honors Program, don’t forget to check out the next page for more information about Honors [Opportunities and Awards] in addition to any Scholarshipsfor which you are eligible.

Honors Welcome Day

Honors Welcome Day is held the week before Fall classes begin in August each year. The earlier session is for brand-new students who have been accepted into the Honors Program, and the later session is for returning students who are continuing Honors students. Between sessions, there will be food and games, including a mixer for new and returning students. All Honors students will receive a letter during the summer (usually early July) with more details about Welcome Day. Since attendance at the Honors Welcome is mandatory, please contact the Honors Director immediately if you have an obligatory scheduling conflict or emergency.

Curriculum (Academic Requirements)

HON H100, Honors Seminar (3 credits)
“Honors Students as Global Citizens.”

This course serves as an introduction to the Honors Program and replaces the required first-year seminar. A special topics course focused on local and international cultures, it is usually taught by the Honors Director. Online students will enroll in H209, Introduction to Honors, the online version of this course.

H-Option Courses (15 credits)

An Honors student takes five courses as an H-option, which means a professor in a regular course will work with students for additional alternatives to regular classwork. Here are some examples of popular H-option work:

  • an extended research opportunity to replace an existing assignment
  • a small service-learning assignment applying course content in the community
  • delivery of independent reading or research to the class in a creative way

HON H400, Honors Thesis/Project (3-6 credits)

This is a student’s culminating work – a student-selected paper or project that calls for in-depth study/service and a paper/presentation. H499 may be completed during the junior or senior year of coursework. Students will sign up for H499 with a faculty mentor from an appropriate discipline (usually in the student’s major or minor) during the enrollment/registration period of the semester preceding their H499 coursework.

Extracurricular Requirements & Opportunities

Culture: To become culturally well-rounded and good citizens in the community, Honors students will attend at least five Culture Days throughout their time in the Honors Program.

Participation: Honors Students will have multiple opportunities to participate in Honors activities each semester. Participation in at least one event per semester is required.

For more opportunities (and recognition for your involvement!), see [Recognition & Opportunities].

Honors Portfolio

Students will begin an electronic Honors Portfolio in H100 and will add evaluations and reflections on their Honors work in the years that follow. Students will submit the completed Honors Portfolio during the final semester of coursework. The Honors Committee will review portfolios and approve or offer recommendations before approving the portfolio in time for students to graduate as distinguished members of the Honors Program!