Create Your Own Honors Course

Create Your Own Courses are independent study classes that honors students design with the mentorship of a Iowa staff or faculty member.


Honors Studies (HONR:3050)

Explore topics outside of coursework already offered at the University of Iowa by enrolling in Honors Studies. This is an independent study course that allows honors students the ability to pursue academic interests and customize their course material. Examples include a research project, case study, or a continuation of material presented in a previous course. Honors students collaborate with an Iowa faculty member to design course material, schedule assignments, and structure grading criteria.

To enroll you must:
1) be a member of the Honors Program,
2) enroll under your faculty mentor in MyUI,
3) complete the Honors Studies Form.

Grading: A-F (honors credit will not be awarded if a non-passing grade is received)
University Honors: credit counts as honors coursework or experiential learning
Questions: Contact the Honors Advising Director, Holly-Yoder@uiowa.edu


Honors Teaching Practicum (HONR: 3100)

Engage with course material you’ve previously studied on a deeper level by enrolling in an Honors Teaching Practicum. This is an independent study course that allows honors students the opportunity to contribute to their academic community in a professional role and foster a relationship with a professor of their choice. Responsibilities include holding office hours, assisting the professor with course preparation and assignment management, developing teaching aids, and presenting material. Honors students collaborate with an Iowa faculty member to identify responsibilities, schedule commitments, and structure practicum grading criteria.

To enroll you must:
1) be a member of the Honors Program,
2) enroll under your faculty mentor in MyUI,
3) Complete the Honors Teaching Practicum Form.

Grading: A-F (honors credit will not be awarded if a non-passing grade is received)
University Honors: credit counts as experiential learning
Questions: Contact the Honors Advising Director, Holly-Yoder@uiowa.edu


Honors Service Learning (HONR: 3150)

Engage in your field of study through service. HONR: 3150 Honors Service Learning is an independent study course that allows honors students to earn honors credit for service to the community. This is done by adding an academic component to a volunteering experience that requires critical interaction with course material. Service Learning experiences may include planning and hosting a volunteer event, analyzing the statistical success of the organization, designing and leading a fundraising initiative, and more. Honors students collaborate with an Iowa faculty member to design service learning material, schedule assignments, and structure grading criteria.

To enroll you must:
1) be a member of the Honors Program,
2) Enroll under your faculty mentor in MyUI,
3) Complete the Honors Service Learning Form.

Grading: A-F (honors credit will not be awarded if a non-passing grade is received)
University Honors: credit counts as experiential learning
Questions: Contact the Honors Experiential Learning Director, Andrew-Willard@uiowa.edu


Honors Internship (HONR:3160)

Apply what you’ve learned in class through an HONR: 360 Honors Internship. Honors students collaborate with an Iowa faculty member to identify internship responsibilities, schedule time commitment, develop an academic component to the experience and structure grading criteria. The academic component will promote critical engagement, and may include relevant readings, a statistical analysis, or an independent research project. Contact Andrew Willard if your internship is not supervised by a University of Iowa faculty member to determine eligibility for honors credit.

To enroll you must...
1) be a member of the Honors Program,
2) enroll under your faculty mentor in MyUI,
3) complete the Honors Internship Form.

Grading: A-F (honors credit will not be awarded if a non-passing grade is received)
University Honors: credit counts as experiential learning 
Questions: Contact the Honors Experiential Learning Director Andrew-Willard@uiowa.edu


Honors Research Practicum (HONR:3994)

Enhance your skills and performance in research. The HONR:3994 Honors Research Practicum allows honors students engaging in research under the supervision of a University of Iowa faculty member to earn honors credit. Practicum experiences include learning basic laboratory techniques, assisting with experiments, or completing an experiment of the student’s choosing. Honors students collaborate with an Iowa faculty member to design research theories, methods and outcomes, schedule assignments, and structure grading criteria.

Note: Students conducting paid research cannot also receive course credit for the same research, but can receive honors credit (i.e. zero-credit registration is required)

To enroll you must...
1) be a member of the Honors Program,
2) enroll under your faculty mentor in MyUI,
3) complete the Honors Research Practicum Form.

Grading: A-F (honors credit will not be awarded if a non-passing grade is received)
University Honors: credit counts as experiential learning
Questions: Contact the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates at icru@uiowa.edu


Honors Thesis or Project (HONR:4990)

This course is designed for students pursuing honors in their major who don’t have an independent study course available for their capstone project. Honors in the major often requires students to complete an extended project or thesis under the supervision of a University of Iowa faculty member. Students who are pursuing an extended project, thesis, or other form of creative work should consider this course only if a similar offering in their major department is not available.

To Enroll you must...

1) be a member of the Honors Program and enroll under your faculty mentor in MyUI

Grading: A-F (honors credit will not be awarded if a non-passing grade is received)
University Honors: credit counts as experiential learning
Questions: Contact the Honors Advising Director Holly-Yoder@uiowa.edu