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Indiana University Bloomington

Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Sally Deckard
Director of Academic Operations
School of Informatics and Computing
919 East 10th Street, Room 104

1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?

The director of undergraduate studies acts as the departmental program coordinator. The departmental honors committee provides approval to students who wish to participate in the program.

2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How are students recruited for your program? May students recommend themselves?

Any student may apply, and at any time. We announce the availability of the program on degree requirement sheets and occasionally in the monthly undergraduate newsletter. Students new to the major are sent a welcome letter, and those students with a 3.3 cumulative GPA are asked to consider the honors program. Prospective majors in the honors college are sent a letter from the honors chair announcing the availability of the program.

3. How does a student graduate with honors from your department?

A candidate for a honors degree is expected to complete 9 hours of honors courses ("H" prefix), which parallel courses required of all majors. Students in the honors program must maintain an overall 3.3 GPA and a 3.5 GPA in courses used to satisfy major requirements. Completion of honors capstone (H450/H451) or a university thesis (I460/I461) is required.

4. What courses do students take as juniors and before in order to prepare for working on the senior project? How are these honors seminars and courses typically conducted? What are the usual requirements in such courses?

The honors (H) courses may be either small independent courses or combined with a parallel non-honors course, but with a laboratory or discussion section restricted to honors students. In either case, honors sections present added challenges, learning opportunities and expectations.

5. What is the nature of the senior project and what are the requirements for completing it?

There are two options for completing the senior project requirement. Student may choose to pursue an honors capstone (H450/H451) project, which will include the selection and execution of a solution for a problem that demonstrates a synthesis of skills learned throughout a student's undergraduate education. Alternatively, students may select a research problem with a faculty advisor and pursue a rigorous exploration of the research problem and publish a thesis document that thoroughly explains the results of the research.

6. How might the work required for earning an honors degree be particularly beneficial in future endeavors?

In addition to preparation for graduate work, completion of the honors degree is beneficial in the eyes of prospective employers in industry and provides more depth and breadth of training in informatics.

7. What are the advantages for students who pursue the honors degree compared to a regular degree in your area?

Honors students have additional opportunities for advanced instruction with other honors students.

8. Explain the background of honors course offerings in your discipline. When were honors courses or sections first offered? When was your honors degree program instituted?

The School of Informatics first offered undergraduate courses in 2000, and offered an honors laboratory section for its introductory course (I101) in 2002. Our first officially-designated honors course was offered in Fall 2007, following a detailed examination of student needs, interests, and capabilities.