Information For Faculty

How Can Faculty Members be Involved?
BHSU Faculty can be involved in the Honors Program in many ways. These include teaching an Honors course, Colloquia, or being on the Advisory Council. It is important to include the BHSU faculty community in the Honors Program. Without the help of our excellent educators, this program would not work.

Contracts
Consider working with an Honors student under a special contract in a general education course. Instructor and student decide on alternative or additional assignments that would make the course more rigorous and suited to the student’s own interests. Students who complete a contract receive honors credit the course.
Here are a few examples:

  • Longer papers / research papers with additional sources
  • Additional readings (perhaps with annotated bibliography)
  • Novels to supplement a history course
  • Historical texts in conjunction with a literature class
  • Blogs on topics related to those of regular assignments
  • Representations of complex, scientific issues in popular media
  • Reviews of books or films related to the topic
  • Travel to a series of cultural events or field research (with appropriate review and documentation) 

Contract Information and Form
Contract Completion Form

Colloquia
Pick a topic you have always wanted to teach. Find one or more faculty members who want to teach it with you, and write a proposal for a colloquium. Colloquia are chosen, two per year, by the Honors Advisory Council with the advice of honors student body.  Proposals are due in November. Guidelines and examples are online.  

Other Honors Courses
Some sections of regular, general education courses are designated for honors students. When such courses are viable, the Honors director will work with school chairs to select instructors. If you would like to teach one of those sections, make your wishes known to your chair.

Honors Projects
Direct a thesis or other project in your field of study or serve as a second reader. An honors thesis done in the traditional way is a pared down version of what we remember of a master’s thesis. However, students are encouraged to consider other sorts of projects. Some examples are a business plan, a creative work of art or portfolio, a program for student teaching abroad, or a major project for community service. All Honors Projects have a written and an oral component. The Honors Director works closely with each student and faculty director during the project.

Senior Project Proposal Form
Senior Project Registration Form

Honors Advisory Council
This is a group of faculty members representing all academic fields in the three Colleges. If you are interested in replacing the council member in your field at the end of his or her term of service, please make your wishes known to that council member or to the director.

Recruitment 
Encourage your best freshmen and sophomores to apply to transfer into the Honors Program. A word from a faculty member makes a difference. Guidelines for transfer into the program are GPA of 3.3, an ACT score of 25, and no more than 45 hours college credit.

Handbooks for Further Information
The student handbooks provide the framework of information on the curriculum and the requirements for the students in the Honors Program.

Questions