Experiential & Advanced Learning

Experiential and Advanced Learning courses (previously known as Honors Electives) allow Honors students to pursue their intellectual interests by tackling big questions with real-world implications

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Experiential and Advanced Learning opportunities (also known as Honors Electives for students who joined the Honors College prior to 2016) allow Honors students to engage in thorough academic exploration of topics of high interest to their intellectual lives. Working closely with faculty mentors, students delve deeper into issues than possible in a seminar classroom. These opportunities mimic the type of work a student should expect to undertake in graduate school or in their professional lives, and provide stellar evidence of the student's writing and critical thinking abilities.

Students can earn Experiential and Advanced Learning/Honors Elective credit through the following opportunities:

*Honors students can also earn Experiential and Advanced Learning/Honors Elective credit for departmental versions of these courses.

In order to earn credit for Experiential and Advanced Learning/Honors Elective courses (other than Upper-Level Honors Seminars), students must consult with the Faculty Director prior to undertaking the course. Upon receiving approval from the Faculty Director, students must complete the Honors Elective Form and submit a completed, signed syllabus for the course and a ten-item annotated bibliography prior to the end of the Change of Schedule period for the semester of enrollment. Honors credit cannot be earned for internships, research projects, and other experiences which have already been completed.

Syllabus templates for Honors Directed Readings, Honors Independent Investigations, Honors Independent Studies, Honors Internships, and Honors Theses are updated each semester and are available at our Forms, Handbooks & Online Resources page. These templates must be also be used for courses taken under a departmental label.

Students can earn a maximum of three credits for any Experiential and Advanced Learning/Honors Elective course, with the exception of study abroad undertaken in the fall or spring semesters. Courses can be connected as part of a larger project, i.e. an Honors Directed Reading in the fall semester and an Honors Thesis in the spring semester.