If you're one of those students who is planning your Honors Projects or if you anticipate conducting your honors project in the near future, keep in mind your responsibilities.
- Students are responsible for informing the Honors Program director of their project plans and updating the director if those plans change.
- Students are responsible for being familiar with and adhering to Honors Program policies regarding honors projects. The updated policies are outlined on this page.
- Students are responsible for securing advisors for their honors projects. According to honors project guidelines, each honors project must be supervised by more than one faculty member.
- Students must complete their honors project to the satisfaction of their faculty advisors and the Honors Program director no later than two weeks prior to their graduation dates.
- Upon completing the projects, students must ask their project advisors for documentation of satisfactory completion of the project. That documentation may take the form of a memo. Students must provide that documentation to the Honors Program director. Students are responsible for contacting the director to schedule the project presentation. The director will reserve an appropriate room for the presentation.
- No later than one week prior to the presentations, students must invite the Honors Program director, the Honors Program advisory committee members, and their project advisors to attend. Students may also invite other interested faculty members, friends, and family.
- Students may request to present their projects in a room equipped with audio-visual technologies. If they decid to use computer technologies during their presentations, students are responsible for acquiring computers and appropriate software. Students are also responsible for testing equipment in the reserved rooms and planning for possible technical difficulties.
Honors in the Major
Under this option, students must comply with departmental requirements. These requirements can be found in the departments. In addition to meeting departmentally specified minimum grade point average and other criteria, students must conduct a project. Upon completion, the project must be supervised by one faculty advisor and approved by the faculty advisor and a second faculty member in the student's major department. Upon completion of this project, Honors students must conduct presentations of their project work in a forum where the Honors Director, Honors Advisory Committee and other faculty and students are invited. Such forums can include a Student Scholarship Symposium, a student lecture series or a presentation for a capstone course.
Interdisciplinary Honors Project
Under this option, students must complete a research project investigating topics in disciplines for which AASU offers a minor or topics in multiple disciplines. Students' projects must be approved and supervised by a committee of at least three faculty from the departments of the discipline(s) students intend to research, and at least one of the faculty members must represent the student's major department. Upon completion of this project, Honors students must conduct presentations of their project work in a forum where the Honors Director, Honors Advisory Committee and other faculty and students are invited. Such forums can include a Student Scholarship Symposium, a student lecture series or a presentation for a capstone course.
Honors Service and Leadership
Under this option, students must complete a project that serves the community and requires demonstration of leadership skills. Students' projects must be approved and supervised by at least one faculty member whose expertise lies in the kind of service students intend to pursue. The proposal and the completed project must be approved by the Director of the Honors Program. To complete this project, students must adhere to the following guidelines:
- The student must submit a prospectus for the approval of the advising committee. The prospectus must document need, outline procedure, and propose a project timeline.
- Projects must enable students to contribute at least 40 hours serving the community.
- Projects must enable students to collaborate with other students, faculty, and/or citizens in the greater community; such a collaboration will enable students to exercise their teamwork and leadership skills.
- Planning the project may involve some library and/or field research.
- The project must benefit citizens in the greater community; the project may not be campus-focused.
- To receive project approval, students must document project completion, total hours served, community member involved and the project's impact on the community.
The following examples of projects may help students form ideas of their own:
- Developing and implementing a recycling program for a street or neighborhood.
- Initiating and conducting an annual fundraising event for a charitable organization
- Initiating and implementing an after-school tutorial program for underprivileged children.
Any students who have questions about the honors project options, about Honors Program policies, or about planning projects and presentations may contact Dr. Roberts at 912.344.3242.