There is great diversity among the Nebraska Honors student population in terms of backgrounds, majors, career paths, co-curricular interests, and hobbies.
However, our students also share many characteristics. Honors students at Nebraska are intellectually curious and possess a commitment to scholarly and co-curricular achievement. They have a demonstrated record of pursuing and succeeding in rigorous coursework. Our students are heavily involved across campus in student life activities from student government to research labs, from marching band to Greek life, from major-based clubs to intramural sports.
What to Expect from Honors Students
Faculty and staff can expect Honors students to want to go beyond the basic concepts of course materials, to engage with the why behind an idea, and to draw connections between the work they are doing in one class and what they are learning in other courses and through co-curricular experiences. Honors students frequently take leadership roles both within and outside of the classroom, enthusiastically engaging in classroom debates and advocating for those beliefs about which they are most passionate across campus.
Nebraska Honors offers students many opportunities to customize their educational experience and engage with it in ways most meaningful to each student. We could not accomplish this without the support of faculty who teach Honors courses, agree to students’ requests to contract their courses for Honors credit, work with Honors students in their research labs and centers, or mentor students as they complete an Honors Thesis or Senior Project. Likewise, we are indebted to staff who support our students through academic advising and help connect them with significant co-curricular experiences. We are grateful of the time and energy faculty and staff on campus generously give to support our students’ success.
Teaching Honors Courses
There are two primary types of Honors courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: department Honors courses and Honors Program (UHON) courses. The most common type of Honors courses are H-designated courses offered through the faculty member’s home department. Examples include ACCT 201H, ENGL 150H, and MECH 200H. Decisions about teaching assignments for these courses are usually made by the department offering the course. The department offering the course may also determine who is eligible to enroll outside of Honors Program students.
The Honors Program also offers seminars at the freshman level (189H sections) and the junior/senior level (395H sections). All 189H and 395H sections should be ACE certified. These are taught by faculty in various departments and supported by the Honors Program.
Faculty Responsibilities: Contracted Courses
Students in the University Honors Program may contract for Honors credit in most any University of Nebraska-Lincoln class with the approval of the professor. The Honors Contract is intended to encourage academic excellence and stimulate intellectual growth by promoting the development of analytical, independent, critical, and creative thinking. It provides an expansion of educational opportunities for students who wish to perform at a level more challenging than that required in the normal course section and creates greater flexibility in choosing classes to complete Honors Program requirements.
Students are encouraged to start the conversation about contracting with professors early in the course, as contracts are due by the end of the 6th week of the semester (1st week of summer sessions).
Online classes are ineligible for contracting.
Mentoring the Honors Thesis/Senior Project
Faculty mentors (sometimes called thesis advisors) play a critical role in the student’s Honors Thesis/Senior Project, serving as a student’s primary point of contact and offering guidance in formulating the project’s scope, format, and timelines for completion. At any point during the process, faculty mentors are encouraged to contact Dr. Patrice McMahon or Dr. Tamy Burnett in the main Honors Program office with questions about the Honors Thesis/Senior Project.
Advising Honors Students
The Honors Program complements and supports the academic advising offered through each student’s primary academic advisor or advising center. Honors advising focuses primarily on Honors requirements and on helping students understand how high-impact practices that enhance their educational experience, such as undergraduate research or education abroad, fit into a 4-year plan alongside major requirements.
We encourage all advisers to talk with students about Honors requirements, as most students have received a textbook scholarship that may be lost if yearly benchmarks of Honors hours and submission of forms are not met.
Anyone on campus with advising-related questions should feel free to contact the Honors Program Office Honors Program Office with questions.
Honors Faculty and Staff
The Honors Office offers many resources, including access to the core Honors faculty, the Honors Thesis Library, and study spaces for students. The office is generally open 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, and staff are available to help schedule appointments with core Honors faculty, help students with submission of Honors Program forms, and answer general Honors Program questions.
Honors Program College Liaisons
|Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources||Dr. Madhavan Soundararajanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Arts & Sciences||A&S Advising Centeremail@example.com|
|Business Administration||Dr. Donna Dudneyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fine & Performing Arts||Dr. Peter Leffertsemail@example.com|
|Education & Human Sciences||Dr. Deb Mullenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Engineering||Dr. David Jonesemail@example.com|
|Journalism & Mass Communications||Jill Arthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Public Affairs & Community Service||Karen Fultonemail@example.com|