Honors Academics

For currently-enrolled students, a list of honors classes for the current semester may be obtained in your Student Portal (https://portal.semo.edu).

  • Click "Look Up Classes"
  • Select "Fall 2019" in "Search by Term:" and click "Submit"
  • Click "Advanced Search"
  • Select all of the subjects in the "Subject:" category and select "Honors Program" in the "Attribute Type:" category on the Advanced Search screen (all other categories should have the default settings)
  • Click "Section Search"

The list obtained in your Student Portal will have updated information about seat availability in each honors class.

Fall 2019 Honors Classes
Course - Section # CRN General Education Requirement Course Title Credits Days and Time Instructor
EC 215-02H 10042   Principles of Microeconomics 3 MWF 1:30-2:20 pm Natallia Gray
EN100-14H 10923 Written Expression English Composition 3 TR 9:30-10:45am Daniel Crocker
EN 140-10H 10076 Written Expression Rhet & Crit Thinking 3 TR 11:00-12:15 pm Daniel Crocker  
FN 235-01H 11069 Living Systems Nutrition for Health 3 MWF 11-11:50 am FrancisTayie
HN 499-01H 20107   Honors Research 0   Jim McGill
LI 220-05H 13372 Literary Expression Fiction and Human Experience 3 MWF 11-11:50 am Pennie Pflueger
MA 128-02H 11177 Logical Systems Numbers and Operations Educators 4 MTWR 10:00-10:50 am Ann Schnurbusch
MU 190-02H 101536  Artistic Expression Jazz Appreciation 3 TR 3:30-4:45 pm Paul Thompson
PS103-03H 10832 Political Systems U.S. Political System 3 TR 9:30-10:45 am Kevin Sexton
SC 105-01H 10202 Oral Expression Fundamentals Of Oral Communication 3 TR 2:00-3:15 pm Sally Spalding


Honors Contract Information and Contract Form

  • What is an honors contract?
  • What do I need to do to complete an honors contract?
  • Online Honors Contract System

Honors Contract Deadlines

Summer Contract Approval Deadline -- Halfway through your summer term. (Ex: For a 12 week course, have your contract approved by the end of the sixth week.)
Summer Contract Completion Deadline -- By the end of your summer session.

What is an honors contract?

While enrolling in an honors class is the preferred method of receiving honors credit, an honors contract may be completed to receive honors credit for a non-honors class taught by honors faculty. To determine whether or not your faculty member has honors faculty status, view the list. Some honors students find it difficult to enroll in an honors class during a particular semester due to scheduling conflicts, etc. However, they want to remain actively involved in and complete the Jane Stephens Honors Program. Thus, an honors contract (additional assignments, activities, or projects determined by the professor and you) helps you progress toward completion of the honors program.

What do I need to do to complete an honors contract?

The process to complete an honors contract and receive honors credit for a non-honors class is straightforward.

  1. Enroll in a class taught by a member of the honors faculty.
  2. At the beginning of the semester, meet with your professor and ask if he or she is willing to sponsor your honors contract.
  3. Plan your honors assignments/activities/projects with your professor and begin working on them.
  4. In collaboration with your professor, complete the Online Honors Contract System.
  5. Finish your assignments/activities/projects by the date determined by your professor.
  6. Enjoy remaining actively involved in the Stephens Honors Program and receiving honors credit hours.

Online Honors Contract System

To submit an honors contract login with your Southeast Key and password at https://faculty.semo.edu/honors. With this system you or your honors faculty member can create, edit, and approve an honors contract. Once a contract has been approved by you and your honors faculty member, the director can then approve the contract. You can view the status of your contract at any time in this system. Once complete, your honors faculty member can mark the contract as complete in the system.

If you have questions, please contact the honors program at honors@semo.edu or (573) 651-2513.


HN 499 Senior Honors Project

You will need to register for HN499 when you register for the rest of your classes. You will need to be enrolled for the semester that you intend to complete the project.
You will be contacted by the Honors Program Graduate Assistant within the first few weeks of classes the semester that you are enrolled in the course. The Graduate Assistant will make arrangements to hold orientation sessions with students to explain the program requirements and contract creation to students

The Senior Honors research (HN 499) project is your opportunity to study and research a topic that is of interest to you under the direction of an honors faculty mentor. This is a zero credit class. You may use the list of honors faculty available on this website to find an honors faculty mentor. 

You may choose to research a topic in your major field of study, or you may choose to broaden your perspective and research a topic that is outside your major. The essential consideration is that it be a topic in which you are interested and about which you want to learn more.

The only requirement for the honors project is that the final product that you submit must be at the senior level in terms of quality. Considerations such as format, length, etc. are determined by the appropriate discipline and your honors faculty mentor. The project will be evaluated as Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory by your honors faculty mentor, where Satisfactory is interpreted as A or B work in a 400-level course.

We suggest identifying an honors faculty mentor with whom you would like to work and exchanging ideas about possible projects approximately two semesters before your anticipated graduation.

Examples of recent senior honors projects

“An Evaluation of Pain and Pain Treatment in the Elderly” – Nursing student

“A microsatellite analysis of three Quadrula metanevra populations from the Ozark Plateau in Missouri” – Biology student

“Shuttered Words” - a collection of my writing and photography bound in the body of an old camera – English student

"Toppling Over" - a ceramic piece constructed of multiple thrown elements and fired with advanced glazing techniques – Art student

“Comparing self-assessment skills of typically developed and diagnosed preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder” – Education student

“Fourth grade music students create their own instruments and perform original pieces” – Music education student

“Parental Bonding, Self-Efficacy and Eating Behaviors of Female University Students” – Psychology student

“MARSI---Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategies Inventory” – Elementary education student

“Sondheim: Into the Woods” – Musical theatre student

“A Comparison of My Student Teaching Experience in Scotland with that of the United States” – Secondary education student

“Egyptian Religion and Afterlife” – History student

“Analysis of Bacteria Found on Student Room Door Handles” – Biology student

“Debated ‘The United States prison system should significantly focus on rehabilitation’ and ‘argumentation should replace public speaking as a core college course’ ” – Political science student

“Ecuadorian business venture: Starting a business in Ecuador” – International business student

“Solving Linear Wave Equations with Laplace Transforms” – Mathematics student

“Costume design project for ‘On The Verge’ ” – Theatre student

“A study on Shakespeare in Schools: Are Shakespeare's stories and lessons are still relevant in today's classroom?” – English education student


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