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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. 

 

The requirements are 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 
    • Students automatically receive credit for honors courses at the end of the semester after grades have been posted in SIS.
  • 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. Submit your completion form by the end of finals week. 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 35 hours or more per week. For non-required co-ops and internships with less than 35 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
    • Students participating in a non-required  full time 10-12 week summer co-op program are eligible to receive 3 points (This supersedes the second bullet point above).
    • Submit requests for points here. Be sure to enter your supervisor and academic advisor emails in the fields provided. An email will automatically be sent out requesting them to confirm your co-op or internship.
    • Please contact the Honors Program Office at honors@rit.edu with any questions.
  • International Experience - Study Abroad or Co-op/Internships
    • RIT's Summer 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 requests for points here. Please be sure to include the course title, course number and semester completed in your request.
  • 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.
  • Faculty-sponsored Independent Research
    • Research completed for academic credit or Late Entry into the Honors Program does not count for honors points. (This includes research completed in independent studies, non-honors seminars, non-honors courses and other academic coursework).
    • Independent research hours can fulfill the points requirement only after the research requirement has been fulfilled.
    • Full-time independent research is calculated at 30 hours or more per week. 
    • Students earn points for full-time independent research based on the following scale:
      • 3-5 Weeks = 1 point (90-150 hours)
      • 6-10 Weeks = 2 points (180-300 hours)
      • 11-15 Weeks = 3 points (more than 300 hours)
    • Part- time research is calculated at 5-15 hours weekly (not exceeding 20) and enrollment in 12 credit hours of coursework. Points are awarded based on the total number of hours worked for the duration of the research.
    • Submit requests for points 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.

 

 

3Research/Experiential Learning Requirement 

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. 

The following can fulfill the Research/Experiential Learning Requirement:

  • Participation in an approved summer research experience.
  • Faculty-sponsored Independent research completed outside of courses (faculty mentors will verify the completion of independent research). 
    • Guidelines for the Research Requirement can be found here.
    • Submit your research proposal /Honors Research Requirement Outline to your honors advocate before the end of the add/drop period. The proposal form needs to be completed for both summer research experiences and independent research. 
  • Approved courses (Senior theses, senior capstones, senior projects and other culminating works): Students may fulfill the Research Requirement through completion of required coursework in their degree programs. Please click here for a list of currently approved courses that fulfill the Research/Experiential Learning Requirement.

Submit all requests to fulfill the Research/Experiential Learning requirement by completing the Completion of Honors research requirement form found here. Credit for the Research /Experiential Learning Requirement will be awarded upon receiving the research completion form at the end of the semester and after grades are posted. 

 

 

4Honors Senior Seminar 

The senior seminar constitutes the final requirement for students in the Honors Program, providing a culminating honors experience. This one credit class can be taken during a student’s final 2 years at RIT. (ex: 3rd or 4th year for a 4 year degree program or 4th or 5th year for a 5 year degree program)

  • Course Number ITDL - 450. This one credit course will be offered in an online and classroom 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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Academic Requirements Check Sheet

Requirements Check Sheet