Honors Conversions

If you are enrolled in the Honors Program, there are cases in which you may earn Honors credits in a non-Honors course. To do this, you work out a plan with the instructor of the course to be converted, submit an Honors conversion request to be approved by the instructor and your Honors Advisor, and “convert” the course to Honors credit by completing agreed upon work and earning a B- or above in the course and having it approved by the instructor.

Courses with sections already offered for Honors credit and courses with Honors course equivalents cannot be converted unless the course is full at the time of registration.

Conversion Steps for Students

  • Please read the Honors Conversion Policy before pursuing an Honors Conversion.
  • IMPORTANT: Search for the course in the Dynamic Class Search, Honors Classes Only because conversions are not allowed for courses with Honors sections being offered.
  • Communicate with the instructor before submitting an online conversion request.
  • Please only submit requests for the current semester.
  • Know who your Honors advisor is prior to beginning your online request.
  • Only submit one request per course.  If you create a duplicate record notify honors@uconn.edu to have one removed from the system.
  • Submit early in the semester to allow approval by the instructor and also your Honors advisor by the deadline.
  • IMPORTANT: You must receive an email confirming the instructor and advisor approved the request prior to beginning conversion work.
The deadline to submit an Honors conversion request for summer 2020 is within one week of the start of class.  The fall 2020 deadline for approved conversion requests is Friday, September 18th.

Please email honors@uconn.edu with any questions.

After finals, you may check conversion status to confirm you record(s) have been approved. For spring 2020 Honors conversion records approved by the University grade posting deadline, you should see the “Honors credit” notation posted to your transcript by middle of June. Conversions approved late will result in later processing  time.  If Honors credit has not been posted by the beginning of the next semester or you have questions or concerns, please email honors@uconn.edu.

Standards for an Honors conversion

  • Go more deeply into method or theory
  • Address more sophisticated questions and/or include more advanced or demanding readings or problems
  • Satisfy more rigorous standards than non-Honors coursework

Examples of Honors conversion projects

  • Researching and writing an extra scholarly paper
  • Preparing and delivering a presentation of relevant material to the class
  • Attending symposia or lecture series and writing critical reviews of the ideas presented
  • Participation in additional service activities or field experience and analyzing one’s experiences
  • Completing an additional set of challenging problems or laboratory experiments
  • Participation in regular seminars that complement a class

Requirements to convert or enhance a course

  • Contact the instructor and discuss the possibility of converting it to Honors credit
  • Develop a plan with the instructor to work individually or as part of a group to advance the curriculum
  • Submit Course Conversion Agreement within the first 3 weeks of the semester
  • Successfully complete any additional assignments and earn a B- or higher in the course
  • Follow up with the instructor to be sure your work was approved

Things to keep in mind to convert a course

  • Courses with sections (or equivalent courses) already offered for Honors credit in the same semester cannot be converted, students must enroll in the Honors section or equivalent course. [Students may convert courses where Honors sections are full.]
  • Graduate courses (5000 and above in the course catalog) may count as Honors credit toward your Honors graduation requirements if approved by your Honors advisor on your Honors Final Plan of Study. You do not need to complete a conversion form. Graduate courses will not be noted as “Honors credit” on your transcript.
  • S/U courses and courses placed on P/F are not eligible for Honors credit.
  • If you wish to do Honors work while participating in an Education Abroad program, you may propose a conversion project with the on-site instructor. Education abroad conversions require approval from the Honors advisor in the department approving the course for UConn credit and the Honors advisor in the student’s major department. Alternatively, you may work under the supervision of the Honors advisor in the course department-from a distance-to complete a conversion project for a course taken while abroad.
  • Deadlines: Fall/Spring: End of third week of classes |  Inter/Sum: End of first week of class
  • At the end of the semester, instructors will be sent an email message asking them to approve Honors conversions via the on-line Honors conversion system.
  • Students may check the status of their conversions via the on-line Honors conversion system (coming soon).
  • Instructors and Honors advisors may view the status of the Honors conversions for their students via the on-line conversion system (coming soon).
  • Completed conversions will take 2 to 4 weeks to process after grades are posted and then the “Honors Credit” notation will appear on students’ transcripts
  • Make sure to consult the regulations included on the Honors Conversion Policy.