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*Effective for students enrolled during or after the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Academic Requirements

 

The Honors Program academic requirement consists of honors coursework and experiences throughout a student's academic career. Students automatically receive credit for honors courses at the end of the semester after grades have been posted in SIS. The requirement is fulfilled through the following academic activities:

 

1. First Year Honors Seminar 

The first year honors seminar is a foundational course that examines how our social worlds are linked to our natural and built worlds. The corresponding emphasis on inquiry, analysis, and interpretation is intended to facilitate student-engaged learning.

  • Students can view a list of past first year seminars here.
  • Late entry students are exempt from this requirement. 

2. General Education or Degree Specific Courses and Other Honors Experiences (6 points from the options below)

Honors experiences consist of non-required co-ops and internships, international experiences, graduate level coursework, and faculty/college sponsored professional trips. Students will complete the honors experiences of their choice. (Credit Hours = Honors Points)

  • General Elective and Degree Specific Honors Courses 
  • Contract Courses
    • Contract courses present an opportunity for students to fulfill the Honors academic requirements. When a student enrolled in a regular course contracts the course with a professor, the student agrees to complete additional coursework assigned by the professor. 
    • Students must earn a grade of 'B-' or higher in the course.
    • Submit your contract course proposal to the Honors Office before the end of the add/drop period. The proposal and completion form can be found here.
  • Non-Required Co-ops or Internships
    • This co-op or internship must not fulfill a degree program co-op or internship requirement to count for honors points.
    • Full-time is calculated at 40 hours per week. For non-required co-ops and internships with less than 40 hours per week, points are awarded based on the total number of hours worked for the duration of the co-op or internship.
    • Students earn points based on the following scale:
      • 3-5 Weeks = 1 point
      • 6-10 Weeks = 2 points
      • 11-15 Weeks = 3 points
    • Submit requests for points here. Additionally, please have your supervisor email the office with confirmation of your work. Lastly, have your academic advisor email the office to confirm that the co-op is not required for your major.
    • Please contact the Honors Program Office at honors@rit.edu with any questions.
  • International Experience - Study Abroad or Co-op/Internships
    • RIT's Summer, Summer I and Summer II terms are full academic terms. Thus, successful completion of RIT faculty-led academic international experiences during an RIT term or semester will earn 3 points. 
    • Points are awarded for successful completion of international experiences affiliated with other universities based on the duration of the experience.
    • Students earn points based on the following scale:
      • 3-5 Weeks = 1 point
      • 6-10 Weeks = 2 points
      • 11-15 Weeks = 3 points
    • Submit requests for points here. The Study Abroad Office will confirm the duration and successful completion of your study abroad experience prior to awarding points.
  • Graduate Courses (maximum of 1 course).
    • Students must earn a grade of 'B-' or higher in the course.
    • Submit for points by emailing the Honors Program Office at honors@rit.edu with the subject line "Honors Points - Graduate Course". Please include the course title, course number and semester completed in the email.
  • Faculty/College-sponsored Academic and Professional Activities
    • One-week faculty/college-sponsored professional trips (domestic or international) earn 1 point.
    • Program staff receive lists of participants in professional trips from the Honors Advocates, and points will be awarded shortly after the trip.

3Research 

The Honors Research requirement provides opportunities for honors students to work closely with faculty to determine the nature of their research and to acquire the skills necessary for engagement in more advanced research at RIT or elsewhere.

  • Participation in an approved summer research experience.
  • Senior theses, senior capstones, senior projects and other culminating works. Please see your advocate for approved listing.
  • Independent research completed outside of courses (faculty mentors will verify the completion of independent research).Research completed in honors research seminars, course contracts and upper level courses (faculty mentors will verify the completion of research to be considered as honors research).
  • Guidelines for the Research Requirement can be found here.
    • The proposal and completion form can be found here. Submit your research proposal to your honors advocate before the end of the add/drop period.
    • Submit requests for credit here. Be sure to enter your research mentor’s email in the field provided. An email will automatically be sent to your faculty mentor to confirm your research. If you do not receive a response within 2 weeks, please follow up with your faculty mentor to make sure they have emailed a confirmation. 
    • Credit will be awarded upon receiving your research completion form at the end of the semester and after grades are finalized. 
    • Students may complete the Research Requirement through completion of required coursework in their degree programs. Please consult with your college advocate to determine coursework that fulfills the Research Requirement.

4Honors Senior Seminar 

The senior seminar constitutes the final requirement for students in the Honors Program, providing a culminating honors experience.

  • Course Number ITDL - 450. This one credit course is typically offered in an online format.

 

 Andrew Heinz (Software Engineering 2018) at the Kigeme refugee camp in Nyamagabe, Rwanda. While studying abroad Andrew was part of a team that instructed refugee camp managers on the uses of maps, mapping, and GIS to improve their abilities to manage the camp.

 

 Andrew Heinz (Software Engineering 2018) at the Kigeme refugee camp in Nyamagabe, Rwanda. Andrew was part of a team that instructed refugee camp managers on the uses of maps, mapping, and GIS to improve their abilities to manage the camp.

 

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