University Honors Program | Supplement Advising

Supervising a Supplement

Honors students use supplements to earn Honors credit in upper-level courses that are not already designated as Honors. The program does offer some upper-level Honors sections, but students may find that none are available for them or they may decide that the supplement option better suits their needs.

The University Honors Program does not allow supplements for lower-level courses because the format is better suited to more advanced study in a particular field, rather than the broader surveys presented in 100- and 200-level courses. You always have the discretion to approve or deny a supplement request based on what you think is most appropriate for the student and the class. 

To learn more about each type of supplement, click the links below.

We have more information for students on this page.

300- and 400-level Supplements

The supplemental work for a 300- or 400-level course should be challenging and require something beyond the usual requirements for the course. The details of what constitutes this extra effort are up to the student and you. Supplements generally explore one aspect of a course in greater detail or pose a question about a related topic not covered in the original syllabus.

There are a few important details to keep in mind:

  1. The supplement must constitute at least 20% of the overall grade for the course.
  2. In addition, the Honors Program does not penalize students for not completing a supplement if they find the work too rigorous. However, we do ask that the student informs his or her professor as well as the Honors office as soon as they decide not to complete the additional work.

Some examples of supplements include:

  • An additional paper or extension of an existing essay assignment. Expanding an existing assignment might mean using more sources, writing more pages or an expectation of more advanced analysis.   
  • Completion of a research paper in place of taking an exam.
  • A class presentation or lecture.
  • In-depth readings with summaries and reviews
  • Translation of short works with analysis for foreign language courses  

After discussing the potential supplement with you, the student would then use our standard supplement form to submit their request. On the form, students indicate the course information, the professor's name and email address, and they also attach a proposal detailing their plan. This proposal is generally not more than a page and outlines the type of work, grading procedures and how the supplement fits with the course. After submitting the form, an automated email would be sent to you for final approval. 

Grading Procedure 

You submit the course grade with supplement grade included, as you would normally, but you can expect to hear from the Honors office during the semester to confirm whether students are on track to complete their supplements.

400/600-level Supplements

Students enrolled in 400/600 courses have the option of completing the graduate requirements to earn Honors credit. In these situations they will not be creating an additional or extended assignment. Instead, they simply follow the syllabus as if they were graduate students.

We still ask that students consult their professors before submitting a standard supplement form. With your approval, they then submit the form and you would receive an automated confirmation email to approve or deny the request. As always, it is up to your discretion whether a student may receive Honors credit for a course.

BA/MA Programs 

Students registered for graduate-level courses as part of BA/MA programs may earn honors credit so long as those classes are counted toward the undergraduate degree.

Grading Procedure

You submit the course grade as you would normally, but you can expect to hear from the Honors office during the semester to confirm whether students are on track to complete the graduate requirements.

500-level Supplements   

500-level courses allow Honors students to earn Honors credit in one of two ways. If they are being evaluated the same as graduate students they may earn Honors credit.

We still ask that students consult their professors before submitting a graduate supplement form. With your approval, they submit the form and you receive an automated confirmation email to approve or deny the request. As always, it is up to your discretion whether a student may receive Honors credit for a course.

BA/MA Programs

Students registered for graduate-level courses as part of BA/MA programs may earn honors credit so long as those classes are counted toward the undergraduate degree.

Grading Procedure 

You submit the course grade as you would normally, but you can expect to hear from the Honors office during the semester to confirm whether students are on track to complete the graduate requirements.