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Honors Credit

Students have the following options for earning honors credit: complete an honors course; complete an honors contract; engage in research, independent study, or an experiential endeavor such as an internship; or take a graduate course as an undergraduate student. In addition, students may receive honors credit for participating in a credit-approved study abroad experience; the IUPUI Honors College provides a one-time stipend to all Honors College scholars who choose to study abroad for credit. Students must complete and submit applicable paperwork to the Honors College office to earn honors credit for all options other than an honors course. All students must contact the Honors College director of academic affairs to obtain authorization to register for an honors course with the exception of business and chemistry courses. Students should contact the appropriate school or department to request authorization for those courses.

Honors courses are offered with limited enrollment and are designed specifically for honors students to facilitate more substantive interaction between students and faculty members. Course offerings vary from semester to semester. A current list of available courses may be found on the registrar’s website each semester by clicking on the honors link under Special Course Listings.

Honors contracts may be completed by an honors scholar and his or her professor to create a special honors section for a regular course. The honors contract, the most common method for earning honors credit, enables qualified students to engage in honors work in regular courses by working with the faculty member to create a special honors project. The student who enters into an honors contract with a faculty member will engage in work beyond what is required for a regular undergraduate course, and the course will be designated as taken for honors credit on the student’s transcript. Honors contract forms must be submitted to the Honors College office no later than the end of the third week of classes during fall and spring semesters and by the end of the first week of classes during summer sessions.

For more information about all of the options for earning honors credit each semester, please visit the IUPUI Honors College website.

Current IUPUI students who are not in the Honors College but have at least a 3.5 GPA may be allowed to complete an honors course or experience with permission from the Honors College. Interested students should discuss this option with their academic advisors and then contact the Honors College director of academic affairs for authorization prior to registration.