The Honors College offers students an opportunity to individualize their Honors curriculum through a variety of independent study options. Students can earn Honors credit by designing an individualized program of study on a topic of interest or in conjunction with an off-campus internship through Independent Study Courses or by participating in research through an Honors Preceptorship.
Independent Study Courses
Honors 1080H: Honors Internships
This program offers students the opportunity to design an independent course of academic study and enrichment under the direction of a faculty member in conjunction with an off-campus internship. It is an opportunity to translate experiential opportunities, such as field work or internships, into academic experience and achievement.
Honors 2085H: Honors Problems
This course offers students the opportunity to design an independent program of academic study and enrichment on a topic of their choosing under the supervision of a faculty member. It is an opportunity to pursue study of a subject or topic in more depth than would normally be available in traditional course work.
All work in Independent Study courses must result in a written project. A letter grade and 1 to 3 credit hours are awarded by the sponsoring professor based on the quality and quantity of work.
Independent Study proposals must be given final approval by the Director of the Honors College.
Independent Preceptorship (Honors 2950H OR Honors 4950H)
Independent Preceptorships are designed to provide honors students with opportunities to earn academic credit by participating in research conducted by an MU professor. Students will receive a letter grade based on their work in the lab or field and on a written product that will demonstrate the scope and depth of the academic experience. Credit of 1 to 3 hours is predetermined by the sponsoring professor based on the quantity and complexity of the research the student is expected to do.
Independent Preceptorship proposals must be given final approval by the Director of the Honors College.