Honors Projects

Reference the Curriculum page for information on the three types of Honors courses.

Included on that page is a description of three types of projects that can be completed in fulfillment of coursework requirements. Described are three project types that students choose to complete for credit in the Honors Extended Course and the Honors Seminar.

The Honors Project for the two semesters of Honors Colloquium has a similar description. The Colloquium project, or Honors Project, however, is more comprehensive. The student begins conceptualizing the project in the early weeks of HNR 204 (semester 1, Honors Colloquium), firms up the project description and paramaters and applies a development methodology in the remainder of HNR 204. In HNR 205 (semester 2 of Honors Colloquium), the student focuses substantial energy developing the project. The project is completed, presented, and evaluated according to the parameters agreed upon by the student and Colloquium Professor.

Each Honors Project is an ambitious undertaking that challenges the student and provides immense satisfaction as the student approaches completion. It is also a meaningful experience from which other class members learn a great deal. Other faculty and staff devote themselves to mentoring students through the process of project development, so they also earn great satisfaction at its culmination.

Repeated below is information on three types of projects that are appropriate for Honors Projects. Students will definitely shape their projects, in consultation with their Honors Director and mentor, and the descriptions below of length and depth should be seen as minimal expectations–perhaps more appropriate for projects for Extended/Seminar courses.

Dare to try!

Honors Projects may be one of three major types or a combination of these types:

  • Library Research Paper. Using a writing process that includes student outlines, notes, rough draft and final draft, the final project should be approximately 10-15 pages long, including annotated bibliography. An oral presentation is also required.
  • Field/Applied Research. The research uses a writing process involving the use of outlines, notes, drafts and final copy of approximately 7-15 pages, including annotated bibliography. Additional appendices might include observation records, data charts, models, photos, video notes, interviewer notes, survey results, content analyses, etc. An oral presentation is also required.
  • Creative Product. An original creative product can be a musical composition, poems, prose, two- or three-dimensional art forms, computer programs, a working model, etc. These product(s) are to be shared via recital, exhibit or reading (oral presentation). The student must keep a journal in order to provide the basis for a process paper of 5-8 pages. In addition, visual art forms require photos or video of the final product(s).

To summarize, a creative project includes at least the following:
The project is to be more than simply a paper report; it must involve analysis and synthesis. The presentation of the Honors Colloquium project is a 20- to 30-minute talk (not reading the paper) followed by questions and discussion. The purpose is to share what the student has learned through research; even the creative products are based to some extent on research. The presentation may include slides, charts, a video, demonstrations, etc., depending on the type of project.