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What is Honors Engaged?

In addition to distinctive academic opportunities, University Honors provides extensive co-curricular and extra-curricular programming. Each semester, engagement opportunities are offered that stress important features of an Honors education: academic lectures by NIU staff and experts in their fields; civic engagement; volunteerism and public service; and often, just plain fun. Together, these activities will expand your horizons, and help to prepare you for a successful career in your chosen path.

To remain an active member of the Honors Program, you must earn two Honors Engaged (HE) credits each semester. Many HE events are developed by Honors but events that are developed by other groups on campus may be certified by Honors as eligible for HE credit. Such events are advertised through various forms of comunication. Eligibility for HE credit will be highlighted and will often include the Honors Engaged logo shown above.

Check the status of your Honors Engaged requirements by calling 815-753-0694 or e-mail us at honors@niu.edu.

Do you have an event or program you would like to certify as Honors Engaged? Complete the Honors Engaged Event Request form

Additional Honors Engaged Information

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 Honors Program has to offer:

  • McKearn Fellows
  • Honors Scholars
  • Grants: EYE Grant, Study Abroad Travel Grants, Research Grants
  • University Honors Scholarships and Tuition Waivers, including University Honors Fellow and University Honors House Leader positions
How does it work?

To receive credit you must participate fully and sign in verifying your attendance. If you do not sign in at the event, you will not receive credit for attending.

Students, faculty, and departments may submit events for consideration via https://goo.gl/lZEQ43. Approval by the Honors program requires that the Honors Engaged logo be displayed on advertising materials. Groups offering these programs are expected to handle sign-in sheets and report to University Honors on student attendance and participation.

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 Honors Program staff and will be advertised accordingly.

Student 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 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 types of activities don’t count?

Provides opportunity for a student to develop and realize their potential in both professional and personal settings.

  • 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 don’t do this?

Students who do not fulfill this obligation will be placed on probation for the following semester. If the credits are not made up by the end of the probationary semester, the student may be dismissed from the Honors program. This means that the privileges of early registration, applying for Honors scholarships, and any University Honors-sanctioned designation will no longer appear on your transcripts or diploma. 

Do I get a say in this?

Absolutely. We welcome input and suggestions from everyone. In addition, there are many opportunities for student leadership and involvement in running the Honors Program. A few examples are: serving on the University Honors Committee; being an Honors Fellow; and becoming active in the Honors Student Association. If you want a say, get involved!

Event Descriptions

Artistry

Expands creative skill and/or ability.

  • Adjudicated performance - 1 HE credit
  • Conference attendance - 1 HE credit, Must attend the full conference
  • Lecture series - 1 HE credit, Must attend all sessions to earn the credit
  • Artistic showcase - 1 HE credit, Planning, Directing, Producing, etc.
Career Related Work Experiences

Provides direct experience in a work setting whereby you are able to gain hands-on experience and develop essential professional skills.

  • Internship:
    • 40-79 hours: 1 HE Credit, Required 1 Blog Entry
      80+ hours: 2 HE Credits, Required 2 Blog Entries
    • *Summer internships can count toward the next fall semester, not retroactive
  • Conference attendance - 1 HE credit, Must attend the full conference
Experiential Learning

Learning occurs through doing and “hands-on” experiences.

  • Professional certification - 1 HE credit, Certification must be presented upon completion for credit
  • Study Abroad:
    • 4 weeks or less: 1 HE Credit, Required 1 Blog Entry
      5 weeks to full semester: 2 HE Credits, Required 2 Entries
      Full academic year: 4 HE Credits, Required 4 Blog Entries
    • *Summer study abroad can count toward the next fall semester, not retroactive.
  • Assisting with students studying abroad in the US (Study Abroad and International House Programs) - 1 HE credit, must assist with the entire program
  • Service trip (outside of the U.S.):
    • 4 weeks or less: 1 HE Credit, Required 1 Blog Entry
      5 weeks to full semester: 2 HE Credits, Required 2 Entries
      Full academic year: 4 HE Credits, Required 4 Blog Entries
    • *Summer service trips can count toward the next fall semester, not retroactive
Leadership

Provides opportunity for a student to develop and realize their potential in both professional and personal settings.

  • Peer educator: 2 HE Credit, Instructor must submit an evaluation of your performance at the end
    of the course, must earn a satisfactory review
  • Conference attendance: 1 HE Credit, Must attend the full conference
  • Student Organization/Committee: 1 HE Credit, Serve on the Executive Board
  • Honors Committee: 1 HE Credit, Serve on the committee and attend all meetings
Service-Learning

Engages students in opportunities to better their surrounding community and world.

  • Volunteering - 1 HE Credit for every 5 hours volunteered
  • Fundraising - 1 HE Credit, Must assist with planning and/or working the event (minimum of 5 hours). No credit will be given for donations of money or a gift in kind.
  • Service trip (U.S.):
    • 4 weeks or less: 1 HE Credit, Required 1 Blog Entry
      5 weeks to full semester: 2 HE Credits, Required 2 Blog Entries
      Full academic year: 4 HE Credits, Required 4 Blog Entries
      *Summer service trips can count toward the next fall semester, not retroactive.
Undergraduate Research

Furthers understanding through systematic investigation of materials and sources, and knowledge creation.

  • Presentations in defined forum - 1 HE Credit
  • Conference attendance - 1 HE Credit, Must attend the full conference
  • Faculty guided research - 1 HE credit, Faculty must submit verification upon completion, cannot be a Capstone project
Volunteering

Volunteering for 5 hours, at a nonprofit organization, earns a student 1 Honors Engaged credit. These hours don’t need to be done consecutively or at the same organization. In order to receive credit, a supervisor must sign a log with the date and hours worked. This paperwork then must be turned into Sam or the supervisor can send an email to sgaul1@niu.edu to receive the credit.

Workshops

To receive 1 Honors Engaged credit a student must complete 3 workshops. These approved workshops will be sent out in the weekly honors update and can be found on our husky links 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.