Honors Fellows Contract

The Honors Program at Elon University offers challenging courses, helpful faculty mentoring, serious research opportunities, exposure to international perspectives, co-curricular activities, and a community of faculty and student inquirers who want to be fully engaged in a rewarding academic experience that culminates in a senior thesis.

The groundwork for the Honors Thesis is laid in the coursework of the first two years. To insure future success, steady progress should be made in all classes, especially Honors courses, and in the writing and research skills needed to complete the thesis. As a member of the Elon University Honors Program, students agree to the following conditions:

  • to abide by the Elon University Honor Code as found in the Student Handbook and to model “Academic Citizenship” in all aspects of campus life.
  • to take a minimum of 30 credit hours per year for the first three years and to maintain a minimum of 12 hours both semesters of the fourth year for full-time status.
  • to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 in all coursework and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all Honors courses;
  • to write an annual report reflecting upon the degree to which students am meeting the expectations and performing as an Honors Fellow both inside and outside the classroom
  • to complete the following four-year Honors core sequence:
    • Fall Semester
      • First Year: COR 1100, The Global Experience (Honors section) and Elon 1010 (Honors section)
      • Second Year: Interdisciplinary or Multidisciplinary Seminar I
      • Third Year: Thesis Research
      • Fourth Year: Thesis research and Presentation on thesis progress
    • Spring Semester
      • First Year: Honors Disciplinary Seminar
      • Second Year: Interdisciplinary or Multidisciplinary Seminar II
      • Third Year: Thesis Research
      • Fourth Year: Thesis Defense
  • to complete stages of an approved Honors Thesis, including attending workshops and developing a research proposal in collaboration with a faculty member during the third year and making satisfactory progress on and completing the thesis in the fourth year.
  • to participate in required co-curricular activities. These include the Colloquium program and two instances of academic service for the Honors Program and/or the university as defined by the Director.

The Director and Associate Director will regularly monitor student progress in the Honors Program.  Students who fail to meet the above requirements in an acceptable manner will normally be dismissed from the Program and will lose eligibility for Honors scholarships, travel grants, research grants, enrollment in Honors courses, Honors housing, and any other rights and privileges associated with the Honors Program at Elon University.

I fully understand all of the above requirements and give permission to the Honors Program to obtain information from university officials about whether I have violated the Honor Code. I will notify the Director of the Honors Program immediately if I violate these terms and conditions or if circumstances arise that may inhibit my ability to meet the expectations of an Honors Fellow.

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