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James Scholar Honors Program

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Message from the Director of Honors Programs

Hello new James Scholars,

I’m excited to welcome you to the AHS James Scholar Honors Program. The information on this page will give you a brief explanation of the program and how it may affect your registration for Fall 2022.

This program is voluntary. However, in order to participate in the program you MUST complete this form prior to your registration date in the summer.

Submit the participation form

If you would rather not participate, you can simply not complete the form.

The information below should help as you prepare for your registration appointment with your advisor.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, via email.

Go Illini!

Dr. Tonya Pulley

Director of Career Services and Honors Programs

Basic requirements for our James Scholar Honors Program

  • Enroll in at least 12 graded credit hours each fall and spring semester
  • Maintain at least a 3.50 Illinois GPA 
  • Not be found guilty of an academic integrity violation
  • Complete one honors project every fall and spring semester. (You do have the option to skip the fall semester and complete two in the spring, but I don’t advise that for your first semester on campus.)

 

Honors projects

In general, honors projects are opportunities for students to expand their academic experience either in or out of the classroom.  View the requirements for an overview of the options for completing an honors project.

For students beginning their first semester on our campus, a few honors project options would be most appropriate. Details below.

Freshmen can choose one of these options for Fall 2022:

  1. CHP course: These are special courses only for students in the Campus Honors Program. Taking one of these courses will also fulfill your honors requirement for James Scholar. Your advisor will help you register for one of these courses if you were invited to be in the Campus Honors Program.
  2. AHS 125: Freshman Honors Seminar: This is a 1-hour, 2nd 8-week seminar course in the fall semester. Although the title implies it is only for freshmen, it is appropriate for transfer James Scholars, as well. Your advisor will help you register for this course.
  3. SPARK program: This is an invite-only research program for freshmen. If you are admitted to the program, you can use that experience as your honors project for both the fall and spring semester of your freshman year. Nothing needs to be done during registration for this option.
  4. James Scholar section: These are special sections of a course that are restricted to James Scholars. In the section, the entire class will complete an enhanced academic project related to the course. Your advisor will have a list of these courses if you choose this option during registration. Your advisor will help you register for one of these courses.
  5. Honors project in a regular course: For this option, it can be any class that is 2 credit hours or higher and graded. You will discuss this option with the course instructor to get his/her approval. Nothing needs to be done during registration for this option.

Transfer students can choose from one of these options for Fall 2021:  

  1. AHS 125: Freshman Honors Seminar: This is a 1-hour, 2nd 8-week seminar course in the fall semester. Although the title implies it is only for freshmen, it is appropriate for transfer James Scholars, as well. Your advisor will help you register for this course.
  2. James Scholar section: These are special sections of courses that are restricted to James Scholars. In the section, the entire class will complete an enhanced academic project related to the course. Your advisor will have a list of them if you choose this option during registration. Your advisor will help you register for one of these courses.
  3. Honors project in a regular course: For this option, it can be any of your classes that is 2 credit hours or higher and graded. You will discuss this option with the course instructor to get his/her approval. Nothing needs to be done during registration for this option.

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