Information For Faculty

How Can Faculty Members be Involved?
Without the help of our excellent educators, this program would not exist. BHSU Faculty can be involved in the Honors Program in many ways. These include teaching an Honors course or Colloquia, working one-on-one with a student, hosting a Geek Speak, or being on the Advisory Council.  Please contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika if you are interested in being Honors faculty and contributing to the program.

Consider working with an Honors student under a special contract.  One option for the intermediate credit requirements is contract work in an upper-level course in the student's major.  For contract courses, the professor student decide on alternative or additional assignments to 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 course
  • Historical texts or theory 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) 
  • Experiential learning or service projects

The plan for the contract must be submitted by the fifth day of classes. At the end of the semester when all work has been completed at an A or B level, the student must submit the contract completion form to receive Honors credit.  Students who do not complete the work or do not complete it at an A or B level will receive standard credit in the course according to the professor's grading system.

Contract Information and Form
Contract Completion Form

Colloquia proposals are approved by the Advisory Council and chosen by student vote for two years at a time.  Proposals will next be due on November 1, 2015. Guidelines and examples can be found here

Honors Foundation Courses

Some sections of regular, general education courses are designated for honors students to complete their foundation credits.  Typically, students attend the regular section of the course but meet outside of class for one or two hours a week for the Honors work.  Work might include additional readings or theories, a larger project, seminar discussions, a book club, and so on.  If you teach a general education course and are interested in offering an Honors component, please contact your chair and the director, Dr. Huse Wika.

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 research component and a traditional defense at the last Geek Speak of the semester.  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.  Council members are responsible for policy and curriculum changes, probation appeals, program planning, Honors advising, and other duties designated by the Provost and the Associate VP of Academic Affairs.  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.

Geek Speak Lectures
One of the Honors program's social events, the Thursday afternoon lectures draw anywhere from 40 to 85 students, faculty, and community members for diverse topics:  zombies!  beauty!  death and dying in the civil war!  urban decay and abandonment! animal studies! rock and roll evolution! the meaning of happiness! superheroes!  

Faculty are encouraged to propose lectures from both their disciplines and their varied academic interests.  Proposals are accepted year-round.  For examples of past lectures, visit the Geek Speak announcement page.

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.  We have both a bachelor's track and an associate track.

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.