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How to Enroll in an Honors Reading Course

 Students can register for HN 1/2/3/486 for the following reasons:

  1. to cover a reading list that will enrich or build upon a recently taken or concurrent course or project;
  2. To cover a reading list which will assist in preparation for graduate school, an internship, or a post-graduate examination.

Talk to the professor you’d like to cover this reading list with, decide on the number of meeting times you’ll have, and make sure you agree on the reading list and final project, as these all will determine the number of credits for this course.  Register for this course as you would any other course, but you’ll need faculty permission. 

How to Enroll in an Honors Teaching Assistantship

Your supervising professor can register you for this course, or you can follow these instructions:

  • Go to Pirate Port.
  • On the right, in the “Systems” box, choose “Forms.”
  • Scroll down to the Registrar’s Office/Forms.
  • Choose “Teaching Assistant/Independent Study.”
  • On the electronic form under “What kind of proposal do you need to submit?” choose “Teaching Assistant.”
  • Under "Course Information," choose HN 395/495 (495, if you’ve TA’d before).
  • Complete the remainder of the form in consultation with your supervising faculty member.

Certain types of honors experiences require the oversight of a faculty member. Honors research with faculty members, internships, study abroad and creative projects must be approved by a faculty member before students will be allowed to enroll in the course. See below for details.

How to Conduct Honors Research or Creative Projects with Faculty

Students can complete research or creative projects in either of these ways:

  1. Students can design their own research projects with faculty supervision.
  2. Students can assist in faculty research.

Students are expected to produce one or more of the following in response to the project: a researched paper; a journal/blog detailing the learning process in the project; a poster presentation; a formal presentation for the department or a regional conference. (For creative projects, exhibits or performances, video and podcast formats are acceptable, as well.)

How to Enroll in Honors Research or Creative Projects with Faculty

  • Go to Pirate Port.
  • On the right, in the "Systems" box, choose "Forms."
  • Scroll down to the Registrar's Office/Forms.
  • Choose "Teaching Assistant/Independent Study."
  • On the electronic form under "What kind of proposal do you need to submit?," choose Independent Study.
  • Under Course Information, choose the Course Department Prefix of the professor who will serve as supervisor to your Honors Research course (e.g. PY for psychology; BI for biology).
  • Under Course Number, choose 391H if this is the first time you have conducted research with a faculty member in this department; choose 491H if this is the not the first time you have conducted research with a faculty member in your department.
  • Complete the remainder of the form in consultation with your overseeing faculty member.

How to Participate in an Honors Off-Campus Program

Students can participate in three different ways:

  1. They may enroll in an honors off-campus program offered by Whitworth.
  2. They may enroll in an individual semester abroad with IES, at www.iesabroad.org.
  3. They may enroll in a regularly offered Whitworth University off-campus program and register for a one-credit 392H course in their major/field. As this experience emphasizes intercultural competencies, students will complete a pre- and post-experience cultural assessment as part of the course.

How to Enroll in an Honors Off-Campus Program

How to Enroll in an Honors-Designated Internship

  • Complete the Honors Internship Application and return it to Karly Bosma, program assistant for honors (in Westminster Hall).
  • Ask the honors director or assistant director to register you for a one- to three- credit 390H course in the discipline of the supervising professor.

Questions? Contact Director of Honors and Professor of English Doug Sugano, (dsugano@whitworth.edu) or Assistant Director of Honors and Professor of French Bendi Benson Schrambach (bbschrambach@whitworth.edu).