Individually Negotiated Honors Options (INHO’s)
The name says it all. These are honors options arranged between a student(s) and a faculty member for a specific course. Typically, a student approaches a faculty member in the semester before the course is offered. Together they work out a semester-long plan for enriching the classroom experience. This plan is reviewed and approved by the HUHC Council. Throughout the semester, the student pursues the specified enrichments and meets regularly with the faculty member outside of class to discuss the work.
Reactivating Previously Approved INHO’s
In some instances a student may approach a faculty member about an honors option in a course that has had an honors options approved by the council within the previous 2 years. If the faculty member and student plan to follow the same or similar plan of study, there is no need to resubmit a proposal for review by the council. Instead, the faculty member need only complete and submit the Honors Option Re-Activation Form.
Timing and Deadlines
When proposing a brand new INHO it is essential to begin the process early so that the instructor and HUHC have time to talk through any questions that may come up in the review process. In all cases HUHC’s ultimate objective is to work with the faculty member to ensure that students are able to pursue the proposed enriched course of study.
Ideally, faculty submits proposals for new INHO’s around the end of the mid-semester registration period, November 15th for the Spring and June 15th for the Fall. These deadlines do not apply to students pursuing PHOs or reactivated INHO’s. In those cases, Honors Options may be reactivated as late as the first week of the semester.
We encourage students to speak to their professor(s) before the deadline. If an instructor needs time, we can be flexible. We also sometimes help students make arrangements to join other students in an already approved honors option right up until the first week of the semester.