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Honors Option (H-Option)

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 H-Options are not available for courses regularly offered by the Honors College, for 100-level courses, or for summer courses.
  • Faculty who supervise H-Options should be full-time faculty members and not serving as an adjunct instructor.
  • 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 application to request approval of the H-Option in a course must be submitted no later than 5 business days after the last date to add a course according to the UofSC academic calendar.
  • A student should discuss the decision to pursue an H-Option with his or her Honors College advisor.

H-Option Proposal Submission

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.


  • The deadline to submit an H-Option for Fall 2020 is Aug. 26, 2020.
  • The deadline to submit an H-Option for Spring 2021 is the last day to change/drop a course without a grade of “W” being recorded.  This date has not yet been determined by the university.


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