Earning Honors Credits

To graduate with the Honors or Honors with Distinction diploma, a student must amass either 15 or 21 Honors credits. These Honors credits may be obtained in a variety of ways.

All Honors courses must earn a grade of "B" or above to earn Honors credits.

Breadth Requirement for Honors Courses

For Students Entering Fall 2010 and Later

The Honors Program has instituted a breadth requirement for all students entering the Fall 2010 semester or later:

  • For students pursuing the Honors diploma (thesis option), the 15 Honors credits may include at most 6 credit hours with any specific academic prefix. For example, at most six credit hours of Honors-level coursework coded as ENG XXX may apply. The remaining 9 hours must be from other disciplines.
  • For students pursuing the Honors diploma (courses-only option) or Honors with Distinction diploma, the 21 Honors credits may include at most 9 hours with any specific academic prefix. The breadth requirement does not apply to the credit hours obtained as part of thesis research.

For Students Entering Fall 2012 and Later

  • Students may earn no more than 12 Honors credits from courses at the 100- or 200-level, combined.
Otherwise, all methods for earning Honors credits detailed below apply.

Situations Where One Credit Hour of Coursework Equals One Honors Credit

Honors courses (as ENG 114 or ENG 200L) or Honors sections (usually marked “H” )

Honors-approved LLCs (may not be coded “H”):

Business and Marianist Values
  • ECO 203 H sections = 3 Honors credits
  • ECO 204 H sections = 3 Honors credits
Sustainability, Energy and the Environment:
  • PHL 103 S sections = 3 Honors credits
  • HST 103 S sections = 3 Honors credits

Chaminade Scholars earn 9 Honors credit hours.

  • Year 1:  REL 356 = 3 Honors credits
  • Year 2:  ASI 357 = 3 Honors credits
  • Year 3:  ASI 358 = 3 Honors credits

Graduate-level courses taken for undergraduate credit (*see Graduate Coursework below for details)

Contract Honors courses, with prior approval of the Honors Program and the Department; limited to two contract courses per student. Note that Honors courses taken as part of a study abroad are counted as contract courses and contribute to the maximum contract course credit limit. (**see Honors Contract Courses below for details)

Situations Where One Credit Hour of Coursework Equals Less Than One Honors Credit

CORE Program completion earns 15 Honors credits.

  • Completing year 1, ASI 111 and ASI 112 (12 credit hours), or ASI 110 and ASI 120 as of Fall 2012 (15 credit hours) = 6 Honors credits
  • Completing year 2, three courses (9 credit hours) = 6 Honors credits
  • Completing year 3, “Professional Ethics in a Global Community” (3 credit hours) = 3 Honors credits

For more information on the CORE Program, see the CORE Program website.

Dayton Civic Scholars Program completion earns 9 Honors credits.

  • Completing POL 300 P1 earns 3 Honors credits
  • Completing POL 426 or SOC 426 earns 3 Honors credits
  • Completing all six mini courses earns 3 Honors credit

For more information on the Dayton Civic Scholars Program, see the DCS Program website.

Dayton River Stewards Program completion earns 9 Honors credits.

  • Completing ASI 345 earns 3 Honors credits
  • Completing POL 426 or SOC 426 earns 3 Honors credits
  • Completing all mini courses (UDI 315/316 and UDI 415/416) and the senior service project earns 3 Honors credits
For more information on the Dayton Rivers Institute Program, see the Rivers Institute Program website.

Additional Ways to Earn Honors Credit Hours

Study Abroad

Students participating in a summer or semester study abroad experience (with a minimum of 6 UD academic credit hours) earn 3 Honors credits per study abroad. A maximum of two such study abroad experiences can be used to earn a total of 6 Honors credits.

Honors credits for Honors courses successfully completed and taken as part of a study abroad are counted separately; however, they are considered contract courses and contribute to the maximum contract course limit of two.

To submit your application for Honors credits for a completed study abroad experience, click here.

Nonacademic or Experiential Learning

Application can be submitted for Honors credits for substantial experiential activities involving scholarship, skills acquisition and/or vocational discernment in which no academic credit hours are earned (***see Nonacademic Credit Work below for details).

National Fellowship Applications

The successful submission of a nationally competitive fellowship or scholarship, determined complete by the Associate Director for Fellowships and Scholarships, will be awarded 3 Honors credits. A student need not receive the fellowship or scholarship to receive the Honors credits.

Fellowships and scholarships available for Honors credit include, but are not limited to the Boren, Cambridge, Ford, Fulbright, Gates, Gilman, Hertz, James Madison, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Rotary, Truman, Udall , Woodrow Wilson, and Critical Language Scholarship.

Processes for Special Honors Credit Applications

*Graduate Coursework*  

In accordance with an agreement reached between the University Honors Program and the University of Dayton Graduate School (see below), Honors Students may receive up to 6 Honors credits by completing up to 6 hours of graduate-level coursework. The following guidelines apply:

  • The course must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Each credit hour of graduate-level coursework completed (with a grade of B or higher) equals one Honors credit.

See also the restriction below that relates to "co-listed" courses.

Co-Listed Courses

A number of graduate and undergraduate courses are co-listed (i.e., a course that is listed with both a graduate course number and an undergraduate number). An honors student expecting honors credits via this mechanism must register for the graduate section and meet the expectations for graduate students in the course. These expectations may include the following:

  • The student must earn a grade of B or better to earn Honors credit. A grade of B- or lower results in the course not counting as Honors credit.
  • One Credit Hour of Graduate Coursework Equals One Honors Credit
  • Additional, lengthier, or more in-depth assignments, exams, etc.
  • Attendance at events or additional assignments outside of class.
  • Higher thresholds for grading coursework.

Agreement with the University of Dayton Graduate School

The following outlines the agreement reached between the University Honors Program and the University of Dayton Graduate School:

“The University of Dayton Graduate School will permit Honors students to register for up to six hours of graduate-level coursework which may be counted toward the required credit hours of Honors coursework. Students should work closely with their academic advisors as all such course access must be approved through each department's own standards and procedures. Academic advisors should also be consulted to discuss any implications of enrollment in graduate coursework for possible pursuit of a subsequent graduate degree. All University policies with respect to the enrollment of undergraduate students in graduate courses also apply.”

**Honors Contract Courses**

Since an Honors course is fundamentally different from a non-Honors course, the University Honors Program believes that the contract course option should be used as infrequently as possible. These courses are, however, possible options for students whose opportunities for obtaining the necessary credits to graduate with a University Honors Program diploma are seriously limited.

The UHP also acknowledges that each department or program makes the final decision whether or not to offer the ability to contract for Honors credits through a regular course offering. In all cases, the Department Chair or Program Director, the course instructor, the Honors student and the Honors Program Director must all agree to the proposal for Honors credits through a contract course. PLEASE NOTE that the Biology Department does not offer contract courses at this time.

Restrictions

The contract course option may be used only after the completion of 75 credit hours of coursework.

  • The contract course must be taken for a letter grade.
  • The student must earn a grade of B or higher to earn Honors credits.
  • A grade of B- or lower results in the course not counting for Honors credits.

Process

A student wishing to contract for Honors credits in a regular course must complete the following steps with the realization that the entire process must be completed by the end of the current semester:

  • The student registers for the regular class for which he or she wants to have an Honors contract.
  • The student completes the student portion of the Request for Honors Credit from a Contract Course (.docx), including a justification of the need for the contract course, and submits it (through hard copy or email attachment) to the Office Coordinator Ramona Speranza for UHP approval.
  • If approved, the UHP contacts both the course instructor and the Department Chair or Program Director, informing both of the student’s request.
  • If the department or program is amenable, the student works with the instructor to develop a one-page proposal (see below) and Honors syllabus and obtains the required signatures on the Honors contract course form.
  • The student submits the completed proposal and form to the UHP office.
  • Upon receipt of the fully-approved contract, the Office Coordinator requests the Registrar to create an Honors section of the course for the purpose of registration and recording Honors credit, and the student is transferred from the regular section to the Honors section.

The Proposal and Additional Course Criteria

The one-page proposal should discuss the expectations for a student enrolling in a contract course. One or more of the following may be used to enhance the educational outcome for the Honors student so as to meet the expectations for Honors credit:

  • An extra research paper or project.
  • An extra component to an already-assigned paper or presentation.
  • A more detailed assignment for an already-assigned paper, project, or presentation.
  • An additional component to a test or exam.
  • Independent or additional reading or research, perhaps with a discussion group or periodic meetings with the instructor to discuss the material.
  • A classroom activity (debate, discussion, simulation, etc.) or an in-class presentation for the entire class.
  • Attendance at appropriate out-of-class presentations, lectures or events and the completion of a reflection/response regarding the event’s relevance to the subject material.
  • An artistic creation or performance.

Grading

Both student and instructor should be in agreement regarding any possible changes to the grading policy in light of the different course requirements for this student. At the conclusion of the course, the student registered in the contract “H” section will receive Honors credit. Receipt of a B- grade or lower will result in the course not counting toward the requirements for the Honors diploma.

***Nonacademic and Experiential Credit Work***

The University Honors Program recognizes that many experiences are fundamental to the development of the emerging scholar and servant leader for which no academic credit is received. The Honors Program acknowledges these activities with Honors credits that apply toward the requirements for the Honors and Honors with Distinction diplomas.

Non-course-related activities that may be eligible for include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • semester- or summer-long undergraduate professional co-ops or research internships (3 Honors credits)
  • education abroad experiences of at least five weeks duration (3 Honors credits)
  • semester- or summer-long service projects (3 Honors credits)
  • semester- or summer-long leadership experiences (3 Honors credits)
  • undergraduate professional co-ops or research internships of less than one semester or summer in length (1-2 Honors credits)
  • education abroad experiences of shorter duration, such as Intercession programs (1-2 Honors credits)
  • service or leadership experiences of shorter duration (1-2 Honors credits)
  • other experiences at the discretion of the Director

Honors students interested in obtaining Honors credits for non-academic credit work must request (and receive approval) in advance of their experience by submitting the application cover sheet, a summary detailing the academic importance of their experience, and a letter of support from the student’s immediate experience supervisor or faculty member.

A maximum of 3 Honors credits may be applied to the requirements of the Honors Program diploma through non-academic/experiential credit work.

Honors students interested in obtaining Honors credits for non-academic credit work must request such consideration prior to the experience and must submit an Honors Credits Application for Non-Academic Credit (.docx).