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Learn more about the Honors Engaged requirements based on when you entered the University Honors Program.

Students admitted Spring 2018 and earlier

You must earn two Honors Engaged credits per semester to remain “engaged” with the University Honors Program.

We host events throughout the academic year. These events can be found in our weekly emails and our Huskie Link web page. Other campus organizations can submit events and programs to the University Honors Program for consideration.

Artistry

Artistry projects may include things like producing or directing a performance, extensive engagement in an artistic showcase in music, painting, photography, etc. or coordinating a community art event that allows others to showcase their talents.

  • Adjudicated performance
    • One Honors Engaged credit
  • Conference attendance
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Must attend the full conference
  • Lecture series
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Must attend all sessions to earn the credit
  • Artistic showcase
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Planning, directing, producing, etc.

Career related work experience

Career related work experiences provide direct experience in a work setting where you gain hands-on experience and develop essential professional skills. Career related work experiences can include internships, clinical work, practicum or clinical work.

  • Internship
    • Two Honors Engaged credits
    • Must notify the University Honors Program
    • Submit one pre-opportunity blog and one reflection
    • Summer internships can count toward the next fall semester, not retroactive
  • Conference attendance
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Must attend the full conference

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning refers to “hands-on” learning. This suggests that learning occurs through doing. Experiences may include things like working as a team to develop a product for an organization, engaging in projects in the field that require you to observe behaviors and infer outcomes or engaging in a global experience.

  • Professional certification
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Certification must be presented upon completion for credit
  • Study abroad
    • Two Honors Engaged credits
    • Must notify the University Honors Program
    • Submit one pre-opportunity blog and one reflection
    • Summer study abroad can count toward the next fall semester, not retroactive
  • Assisting with students studying abroad in the U.S. (Study Abroad and International House programs)
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Must assist with the entire program
  • Service trip (outside of the U.S.)
    • Two Honors Engaged credits
    • Must notify the Honors Program
    • Submit one pre-opportunity blog and one reflection
    • Summer service trips can count toward the next fall semester, not retroactive

Leadership

Leadership experiences will include extensive training and/or application of skills. Experiences may include engaging in intensive leadership and professional development training, serving as an orientation leader, a community advisor or a peer educator.

  • Peer educator
    • Two Honors Engaged credits
    • Instructor must send an email to confirm of the course
    • Must earn a satisfactory review
  • Conference attendance
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Must attend the full conference
  • Student organization/committee
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Serve on the executive board
  • Honors Committee
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Serve on the committee and attend all meetings

Service Learning

Service-learning experiences may include extensive participation in an alternative spring break program, serving through a global community engagement experience and providing direct service to the campus or local community

  • Fundraising
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Must assist with planning and/or working the event (minimum of five hours)
    • No credit will be given for donations of money or a gift in kind
  • Service trip (U.S.)
    • Two Honors Engaged credits
    • Must notify the University Honors Program
    • Submit one pre-opportunity blog and one reflection
    • Summer service trips can count toward the next fall semester, not retroactive

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research experiences involve working independently with a faculty mentor or through a structured program like Research Rookies to explore topics that interest you. You are also encouraged to consider avenues for presenting your research as part of this experience.

  • Presentations in defined forum
    • One Honors Engaged credit
  • Conference attendance
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Must attend the full conference
  • Faculty guided research
    • One Honors Engaged credit
    • Faculty must submit verification upon completion
    • Cannot be a capstone project

Volunteering

Volunteering for five hours, at a nonprofit organization, earns you one Honors Engaged credit. These hours don’t need to be done consecutively or at the same organization. In order to receive credit, documentation from the supervisor of the organization must be provided. Paperwork can be turned into the University Honors Program office or the supervisor can email honorsengaged@niu.edu to receive credit. Hours earned from the first day of the fall semester until December 31 will count toward the fall semester. Hours earned from January 1 through the last day of the spring semester will count for the spring semester.

Workshops

To receive one Honors Engaged credit you must attend three workshops. These approved workshops will be sent out in the weekly honors update and can be found on our Huskie Link page. In order to receive credit, for attending, make sure to sign in at the event! If you fail to sign in, you will not receive credit for attending.

Students admitted Fall 2018 and beyond

Co-curricular requirements for the University Honors Program are linked to the EngagePLUS program. If you're pursuing Full University Honors, you're required to earn a status of “Engage GOLD Scholar”. If you're pursuing Associate University Honors, you're required to earn a status of "Engage SILVER Scholar".

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this benefit me now?

The completion of the Honors Engaged program each semester makes you eligible (and more competitive) to receive the various scholarships and opportunities the University Honors Program has to offer:

  • McKearn Fellows
  • Honors Scholars
  • Grants: EYE grant, study abroad travel grants and research grants
  • University Honors scholarships and tuition waivers, including honors fellow and Honors House leader positions
  • Honors Preferred Program
  • Access to Honors House Trips
What counts and how?

Attending most approved Honors Engaged events or approved programs will earn you one credit. For a few select events that are particularly involved, or in which you play a strong organizational or leadership role, two credits may be offered. The level of credit available will be decided by the University Honors Program staff and will be advertised accordingly.

Your participation and attendance at an event is recorded by sign-in sheets, or possibly electronic data capture, available at the event. It is your responsibility to sign in (or provide alternate proof - where appropriate) to receive credit. Your attendance and participation throughout the entire event is required. Anyone signing in and leaving, or not arriving until the end to sign in, will not be given credit.

What events do not count?
  • Honors House events (unless otherwise specified)
  • Informational sessions: Capstone Workshop, In-Course Contract Workshop, Scholarship Informational, etc.
  • Any event that has not been pre-approved for Honors Engaged credit
What happens if I do not complete this requirement?

If you fail to complete this requirement, your status will be changed to “un-engaged” for the following semester. During this semester, you must complete the requirements for that semester, as well as make up the missed credits from the previous semester, to return to “engaged” status.