An Honors Option (H-Option) is an opportunity for an Honors student to be granted permission to receive Honors credit for a course that is not being offered by the Honors College. H-Options are only granted in unusual circumstances, primarily when a student needs a particular Honors credit in a discipline that offers few Honors courses.
Students must complete an application in order for a course they are enrolled in to be considered for an H-Option.
An H-Option is based on a written agreement between the student and professor and
must be approved by the Honors College.
H-Option considerations for the student and the professor:
- H-Option work in courses that are at the 200-500 level must be distinguished in a substantive way from what usually would be expected in the normal, non-Honors, course. Simply assigning a greater quantity of work (for example, a longer term paper or extra reading) does not constitute H-Option work. A student, and his or her corresponding professor, must demonstrate how H-Option work will allow the student to engage more deeply with the subject matter and the professor.
- If the course is a 500-level course or above, a student should complete the graduate-level requirements for the course to satisfy H-Option requirements. Graduate-level requirements should be clearly outlined in the course syllabus, per UofSC policy, and the student should provide a copy of the syllabus with the H-Option application.
- The H-Option is not available to freshmen, and usually cannot be exercised for courses regularly offered by the Honors College, for 100-level courses, or for summer courses.
- A student will be limited to no more than three H-Option courses in his or her undergraduate career, and usually no more than one in a semester.
- The decision to exercise the H-Option in a course must be made prior to the last date to add a course according to the University calendar, and must be made in consultation with the student’s Honors College advisor.
To submit an H-Option proposal application, you should first connect with your Honors advisor about pursuing an H-Option. Then, you should meet with the professor teaching the corresponding course to see if the professor is willing to oversee your H-Option work. The faculty member must complete the Faculty/Student H-Option Contract. Once the contract is completed, you will then upload the completed contract, the course syllabus, and fill out the information below to complete your submission.