Honors Option courses are non-Honors undergraduate courses numbered 3000 or higher in which an Honors student earns Honors credit by completing an additional paper or project. These courses must be taught by faculty members, not graduate students.

All UGA tenured and tenure-track professors may offer any 3000 or higher undergraduate course for Honors credit. Tenured or tenure-track professors are assistant professors, associate professors, or professors. Upper-level courses taught by academic professionals, lecturers, or instructors may be offered for Honors credit.

  • Students cannot earn Honors Option credit for courses taught by graduate assistants.
  • Students cannot apply for Honors Options for 1000- or 2000-level courses.
  • Honors Option is unnecessary for graduate-level courses.
  • Courses must be graded A-F to be considered for an Honors Option.
  • Research courses and internship courses are not able to be Honors Optioned.

The Morehead Honors College gives individual instructors the freedom to explore different opportunities and determine what is most fitting in each situation. To fulfill the Honors Option requirement, students can:

  • Be involved in a course-related research project
  • Have a more in-depth class experience study through additional readings and small assignments
  • Work throughout the semester on a special project
  • Prepare a course lesson and give a class presentation
  • Be assigned a comprehensive annotated bibliography or significant paper

Honors Option instructions

You must first discuss the possibility of doing an Honors Option with your instructor. You must then agree on a detailed description and timeline of the additional work you will need to complete to receive Honors credit.

  1. After you take the previous steps, complete the Honors Option Application, Part 1 in InfoReady. Do not submit the application unless you have reached an agreement with your instructor, who will receive a prompt for approval from the InfoReady system after you have completed and submitted your application.
  2. Please note this is only valid for current courses, not past courses.
  3. The deadline for the Honors Option Application, Part 1 is 15 days after drop/add.

Faculty with Honors Option questions can find more information here.

If you are completing a Part 2 for fall semester 2023, the PDF is available here.

For spring semester 2024 and beyond, after you have finished your additional paper or project, you will complete the Honors Option Application, Part 2, which will be available in InfoReady mid-semester. Part 2 must be completed by the Monday following the end of finals.

Credit for completed Honors Options is not visible in DegreeWorks (although it will be reflected in the Honors course counter). Honors Options will be notated as a course comment on your transcript in Athena once we have received confirmation for the Honors Option Application, Part 2 from your instructor. Please allow at least two weeks after the semester ends for the credit to be reflected on your transcript.

Honors Option Application, Part 1 links:

  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024 (available April 1)
  • Fall 2024 (available June 1)

Study abroad courses

Honors Option may be completed in UGA faculty-led study abroad programs at which an eligible UGA instructor can oversee the Honors Option as instructor-of-record for the course.

For students participating in the UGA Oxford study abroad program, Honors Option may be completed in courses taught by UGA faculty. Courses taught in the Oxford tutorial format will earn Honors credit automatically and no Honors Option is required.

For additional information, email honors@uga.edu.

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