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Creating Honors Courses 

Here are some things to consider as you construct your honors course. 

  1. General Points to Consider
    • What makes this an Honors course (enriched learning, interdisciplinary content, etc.)?
    • What is the enrollment cap (typically 20 students)?
    • Will this class meet general education requirements for RIT? (If so, it needs to be approved by the General Education Committee).
    • Consider how the course can fit into a student’s program of study.
    • Keep in mind that courses that only appeal to a few students will be difficult to fill.
  2. Offering the Course
    • Offering a course is a coordinated effort among the professor, the professor's home department (and college), and the Honors Program.  Approval from all three is required in order for the course to run.
    • Stipends for teaching a course are paid by the instructor's home college, and the Honors Program reimburses the college.
    • Some courses run every semester, some once per year, and some every other year.
    • Students need to know about courses at least one semester in advance, for planning purposes.  
    • If the new course is a substitute for a required course, it should be offered during the same semester as that required course.
  3. Improving Enrollment
    • Word of mouth is a great way to generate interest.  Talk to people.  Come to the Friday Pizza Frenzy.  Come talk to the Honors Council.  Make fancy flyers.
    • Alert your college's Honors Advocate to the course.  The Honors Advocate coordinates the college's honors-released activities, and so has a working relationship with the honors students in your college.
    • Encourage appropriately prepared non-Honors students to take the class. Non-Honors students are typically expected to have the same grade point average expected of Honors students (i.e. 3.5 or above).



Modified by Program Staff

February 2019