OPTION 1

Honors Forum (HON 101H)

21 total hours of Honors courses (includes HON 101H - 1 credit hour)

Honors Senior Project (HON 499H - 0 credit hours)

Honors Professional Learning Experience (HON 498H - 0 credit hours)

 

HON 499H SENIOR PROJECT (Research & Performance)

A required component for successful completion of OPTION 1, the Honors Senior Project places students in close consultation with a faculty advisor in their major or minor to develop a project of their own design. The Senior Project is completed in a credit bearing course in the student's major taken in tandem with the 0 credit hour HON 499 course. Planned correctly, the Senior Project can fulfill an elective in the major. 

The faculty advisor is ultimately responsible for approving the project, its duration and meeting schedule, and the amount  of academic credit received.

The Senior Project should be a project that will help further student goals after graduation. If the goal is graduate school, the student should devise with a knowledgeable advisor that makes the student competitive for graduate admission and assistantships in that field. If the next step is entering the job market, the project should make the student more marketable and competitive in the industry. If the goal is to start a business, the project can be the business plan itself. Other ideas and possibilities are always welcome.

The people you will be competing with for grad school assistantships and employment will have the same degree you have, so use the Senior Project to set yourself apart. Show initiative to develop and carry out a project that is your own! Solve a problem in your field. Be creative and have fun.

*More information and help on Senior Project can be found on Canvas.*

Procedure:

1. Decide on some possible projects/topics that interest you! Ideally this project will help you get to where you want to go after UNA!

2. Talk with an advisor in your major about your project ideas.

3. Develop a plan with your advisor (e.g. how many semesters; what course will you take to complete the work; final products (written and digital), etc.)

4. Register for appropriate courses (HON 499 and course in your major) in the semester in which you will FINISH your research. If project is longer than ONE semester, please see Dr. Driskell for approval.

5. UPLOAD proposal form (on HON 499 Canvas Page) and PROPOSAL to the HON 499 Canvas assignment. Proposal forms and documents MUST be uploaded in by FIRST week of classes (Canvas due date).

6. Complete your project.

7. Fill out Project Completion Form AND attach required materials. Have your advisor sign. Upload to HON 499 Canvas course assignment.

Examples of Research & Performance:

- 3-6 hour major specific research project (REQUIRED for OPTION 1)

- Research project in a course

- field experience project

- other projects that the student might suggest

- Independent research on a topic

 

HON 498H PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE

The Honors College encourages all students to engage in some form of practical learning related to their major field while at UNA. These are generally a semester or a year long. This experience is required for the Honors College OPTION 1. YOU MUST register for HON 498 to record this experience.

These opportunities can be discovered through the UNA Career Center, Major Departments and Advisors, as well as Honors Staff.

Examples:

- Internships

- Practica

- Student teaching

- Co-op (cooperative learning experience)

- Paid employment

- Job shadowing

- Single day job experiences*

- Career Fairs*

- Career Workshops*

- Etiquette training*

          *Acceptable for ePortfolio entries

Sample Past Experiences:

Federal Emergency Management, NASA, UNA Counseling Center, IFDC, Disney,  ECM Hospital, Merrill Lynch, Billy Reid, Single Lock Records, Alabama Chanin, Martin Industries, Riverbend, North American Lighting, and more.