Supplementing is the way that Honors students can earn Honors credit through a non-Honors, upper-level course. Only upper-level (300+) courses may be supplemented. This allows students to custom tailor their upper-level Honors experience to fit their interests and/or goals. Supplementing also offers students another way to fulfill their Honors upper-level Honors credit requirement if options are limited among upper-level Honors courses available in their major.
There are four types of Honors course supplements:
- Standard Supplement (300-400 level classes and 300/600-level or 400/600-level classes)
- Graduate Supplements (500+ level classes)
- AU Abroad Supplement (AU Abroad courses)
- Capstone Supplement (to convert an upper-level class into an Honors Capstone)
A standard supplement adds an Honors component to a regular 300- or 400-level course. Supplements allow students to earn Honors credit through a non-Honors, upper-level course. Supplements do not change the credit value of the course.
Once you have registered for a regular 300- or 400-level course that you plan to supplement, discuss your proposal with the professor, complete the standard Honors Supplement Form online and attach the proposal and syllabus. Your professor will then receive a link to indicate approval.
The following must be attached to the standard Honors Supplement Form:
- A typed supplement proposal, including the following:
- A description of the additional work that will be done to make the course an Honors course (readings, papers, etc.)
- Submission deadlines for when the additional work will be due
- The total percentage of the overall course grade (at least 20 percent) derived from the additional component
- A copy of the original course syllabus
Some Examples of Honors Supplement Options:
- An additional research paper, or a paper in a course that does not require a paper.
- An expanded paper assignment with emphasis on a higher level of analysis, not necessarily length, in lieu of a regular paper assignment (i.e., using more original sources or advanced readings).
- Advanced or additional problem sets.
- A class presentation or lecture.
- In-depth class readings with summaries and reviews.
- Compilation of original artwork for a portfolio.
- Translation of a short story with analysis in the foreign language.
Policy for 300/600-Level or 400/600-Level Classes
Please note that undergraduate students may NOT register for 600-level classes, but Honors students who wish to receive Honors credit for a 600-level course can do so by registering for the 300- or 400-level component of the course. Then, with the permission of the professor, Honors students complete the assignments and are evaluated by the professor on the same basis as the graduate students. You must fill out the standard Honors Supplement Form and attach the 600-level syllabus.
One option for earning upper-level Honors credit is by supplementing a graduate course (500+ level classes). Honors students in graduate courses are expected to complete the same work as the graduate students in the class and are evaluated on the same basis as the graduate students. Honors students need not complete any additional work for the graduate course to earn Honors credit. An Honors course supplement also does not change the credit value of the course.
How to register for an Honors Graduate Course Supplement:
Once you have registered for a regular graduate-level course, discuss the supplement with your professor, submit the Honors Graduate Supplement Form online and attach the course syllabus. Your professor will then receive a link to indicate approval.
Policy for 300/600 Level or 400/600 Level Classes
Please note that undergraduate students may NOT register for 600-level classes, but Honors students who wish to receive Honors credit for a 600 level course can do so by registering for the 300- or 400-level component of the course. Then, with the permission of the professor, Honors students complete the assignments and are evaluated by the professor on the same basis as the graduate students. You must fill out the standard Honors Supplement Form and attach the 600-level syllabus.
The University Honors Program encourages Honors students to take advantage of the many programs offered by AU Abroad. Many Honors students structure their Honors coursework and choose not to pursue Honors credit while abroad so as to devote more time to travel, study and internship opportunities. Some students, however, may decide to obtain Honors credits while abroad. The University Honors Program allows students to take up to 8 credits total during any/all AU Abroad Programs. There are a several ways in which students can receive credit while on AU Abroad depending on the program. For the Beijing, Kenya, Madrid or Madrid and the Mediterranean please complete the required form. For all other AU Abroad programs, please refer to the “AU Abroad Honors Supplement Form – All other abroad programs."
Beijing, Kenya, Madrid and the Mediterranean: Honors supplements may be completed with the professor(s) who teach on-site at those specific Programs. See the AU Abroad Supplement Form for on-site professor contact information. The supplement MUST account for 20% of the total course grade and be factored into the final grade. Your on-site Professor will work with the professors to ensure that the supplements are factored into the overall course grade.
All AU Abroad Programs: Students must receive prior approval from the University Honors office to supplement a course outside the Beijing/Kenya/Madrid/Mediterranean programs. Students must then complete Honors supplements with an AU professor based at the Washington, D.C., campus. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their D.C.-based professor prior to going abroad to facilitate the supplement process. The Honors supplement MUST count for at least 20% of the course grade. The professor will be advised later in the semester as to where to submit the supplement grade that will later be factored into the overall course grade.
Students must complete the AU Abroad Supplement Form online and attach a document detailing the content and requirements of the supplement and submission deadlines. The AU professor will then receive a link to indicate approval.
Examples of Honors AU Abroad supplement course work:
Students and professors alike are encouraged to development supplemental work that will enhance the student's AU Abroad experience. Supplements that require students to further engage in opportunities outside the classroom are especially encouraged.
- Expanded research that involves extensive interviews with primary sources on-site.
- Expanded research that involves written material in the native language that is not readily available in the United States.
Exploration of texts and material not readily available in the United States.
- Visits to and written analysis of additional museums, historical centers, and/or galleries.
- Intensive translation of texts and material pertinent to the locale.
Students who wish to make an upper-level class the foundation for their Honors Capstone should follow the Step-by-Step Guide to Capstones and complete the Honors Capstone Form to indicate the course will be supplemented. This means only the Honors Capstone Form is submitted, neither the Honors Supplement Form nor the Honors Graduate Supplement Form should be submitted.