Helpful Hints for Advisors
Common Bumps and Solutions:
- We'll count courses abroad and in DC as honors courses (need
prior approval from honors program director). Courses should be
substantive, not foreign language credit, and may not be counted
for credit elsewhere
- HN 351 or 352, honors tutorial: student designs an independent
study on a topic previously explored in an honors course or other
topic of interest and works one on one with faculty member for the
semester. For details see how to set up a tutorial. Usually
counts as HN 300 credit.
- Many students are not likely to get into their first choice HN
course - suggest 2 or 3 options and encourage exploration into the
- We cap HN courses at 15 and keep waitlists; we add up to 3
students and professors may choose to either add 2 others or allow
us to add 2 others. It is important that students or their advisors
or both contact the honors program to
explain why a specific course is needed so we can make the best
decisions when it comes to waitlists.
- Student must take 1 HN course in first two semesters of being
active in the program or s/he will lose the registration bonus
given to HN students (approximately 30 credit hours bonus).
- Use the Advising Checklist in student's
advising file - designed by HP for your use as advisor
We rely on advisors to help us know where our students are being
best served. If you have a student who is dropping the program,
please let us know WHY. If you have a student who you feel would
truly benefit from the program, please send her/him our way.
Finally, students are AFRAID of the thesis! Please encourage
students that they are indeed intellectually up to the task and
that there will be a support system for them as they work toward
completing the honors program, and should they choose to do so it
will be an experience of high academic and personal quality.
Students will learn as much about themselves as any topic they
explore. As always, if you or your advisees have questions, please
don't hesitate to contact us!