Honors Course Enhancement
Honors students at Bluefield College may earn Honors credit for courses taken outside of regular Honors-level offerings each semester by petitioning to convert a non-Honors course to an “Honors-Enhanced” course.
Honors Enhanced Courses
Although there will be variations by discipline, instructor, and class, Honors-Enhanced courses should provide students with the opportunity for an enriched academic experience – for creative and active learning that enhances Honors students’ depth of knowledge of course content. Honors-Enhanced courses should not simply require students to complete more work; instead, students should complete work that is different than that required of students earning regular credit for the class. Students enrolled in Honors-Enhanced classes might, for instance, be asked to complete the following types of activities/assignments (in addition to or in place of regular course assignments):
- deliver an oral presentation or lecture to the class on a special topic or research effort;
- complete and submit a research paper or project to a scholarly organization for presentation or publication;
- complete and report on a research project or laboratory experiment;
- complete a term paper;
- attend regular outside-of-class meetings with the course instructor to discuss course readings; or,
- complete a community service project.
No matter which specific activities/assignments are required, Honors-Enhanced courses should provide opportunities for more in-depth and hands-on learning for Honors students. Ideally, the work that Honors students complete in Honors-Enhanced classes may have connections to larger projects that they are carrying out – like Senior Seminar projects.
Students interested in earning Honors credit for a non-Honors course (for adding an Honors Enhancement to a regular course) should contact the course instructor, discuss the possibility, and make arrangements for Honors credit during the fall or spring registration periods – well in advance of the semester when the student will actually take the course. (Instructors are under no obligation to agree to make their course an Honors-Enhanced course.) If an instructor does agree to an Honors enhancement, the student should download a copy of the Honors Course Enhancement Form and complete it in consultation with their instructor. The form must also be signed by a member of the Honors Program Committee and the college’s Registrar. Completed Honors Course Enhancement Forms – accompanied by a copy of a current or recent syllabus for the course – should be submitted to the Honors Program Director.
To earn honors credit for an Honors-Enhanced course, students must submit an Honors Course Enhancement Form by the end of the first week of the semester when they are planning to take the class.
A mid-semester report detailing students’ progress in an Honors-Enhanced course should be completed by the students and their instructors and should be submitted to the Honors Program Director.
Grade Requirements for Honors Credit
Students must earn a grade of B or higher in an Honors-Enhanced course in order to earn Honors credit for the course.
Failure to Complete Honors Enhanced Requirements
Students who fail to successfully complete the Honors-Enhanced requirements for a course will still receive credit for the course – but that credit will not be Honors credit.