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University Honors Non-Course Experiences


UH non-course experiences are designed to provide an intensive experience engaging actively in work outside of the classroom. Also, our non-course experiences are designed to give you some flexibility depending on your interests and career goals. The only specific non-course experience requirement is that at some point during your four years at UMD you will have to engage in a Civic Engagement experience.


University Honors non-course requirement can be fulfilled with any of the following types of experiences. Click each to view more details.


*At least one non-course experience must be a community/civic engagement non-course experience. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the director


Approval and Submission Processes

Approval
You must get each non-course experience approved by submitting a University Honors Non-Course Experience Proposal Form before beginning your work in the non-course experience. Once you have completed your non-course experience, fill out the Non-Course Experience Completion Form, scan it, and email it to the UH program coordinator. All 45 hours of the Non-Course Experience must be completed within the timeframe of one semester, either fall or spring (not spread across semesters). NCEs may not be done outside of fall or spring semesters.

Submission
Each year you will engage in a least one UH non-course experience and submit a reflection paper. This reflection paper should detail how the non-course experience contributed to your advancement as a student or person. In addition, the paper should describe how the experience fits in the UH mission. Reflection papers should be at least 500 words and should be submitted via email to jsaxton@d.umn.edu.

 



Community/civic engagement non-course experience guidelines

  • It must represent a time commitment of minimum 45 hours (equivalent to the hours in a 3-credit class)

  • It can be a political opportunity as long as time is not spent recruiting

  • It cannot be a faith-based opportunity

 


Faculty-guided research non-course experience guidelines

  • It must be conducted under the guidance of a UMD faculty member

  • It must represent a time commitment of minimum 45 hours (equivalent to the hours in a 3-credit class)

  • It must contribute to your understanding of knowledge creation and methodology by engaging you, in some manner, in the process of creating knowledge.

  • It must NOT be part of a requirement for a course

  • It can be completed under the auspices of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

  • It can be paid or unpaid

  • It can be research conducted to fulfill a departmental honors program requirements

  • It can be activities conducted as part of a research team

  • It can be outside your primary field of study (major or minor)

Resources:

http://www.d.umn.edu/urop/

 



Internship non-course experience guidelines

  • It must be associated with a single organization relevant to your academic or career interests and/or future career goals, with an opportunity to connect learning in the classroom to real-world projects

  • It must be comprised of clearly-defined, value-added projects benefiting the organization as well as your own growth and learning

  • It must represent a time commitment of minimum 45 hours (equivalent to the hours in a 3-credit class)

  • It must be Supervised by a mentor within the host organization

  • It must be designed to include a midpoint and end-of-term evaluation

  • It can be paid, volunteer, or for credit



Creative expression non-course experience guidelines

  • It must contribute to your understanding of how ideas and concepts can be communicated through various forms of creative expression. The project may be of your own design, or it may be a faculty/mentor-initiated project in which you have substantial responsibility for carrying out the project and its resulting work, commensurate with your experience and level of expertise; and

  • It must be supervised by a University of Minnesota faculty mentor holding any type of appointment (including clinical, emeritus, adjunct, research associate, assistant or associate professor, etc.), or by a mentor from an approved arts organization

  • It must represent a time commitment of minimum 45 hours (equivalent to the hours in a 3-credit class)

  • It must be designed to include a final performance or creation

  • It must not be a part of regular requirements for a course or seminar; and

  • It can be paid or unpaid

  • It can be for-credit or not

  • It can be completed under the auspices of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)



Leadership role non-course experience guidelines

  • It must represent a time commitment of minimum 45 hours (equivalent to the hours in a 3-credit class)

  • It must be approved by the UH program coordinator or director

  • It can be paid or unpaid

  • It can be for credit or not

Study abroad non-course experience guidelines

  • Short term study abroad (summer, J or May term) can count as one University Honors course OR one non-course experience (used for a maximum of one study abroad experience)

  • Single term study abroad with full registration in any University counts as one course AND one non-course experience

  • Full academic year study abroad with full registration both semesters counts as one course, one non-course, and exempts a student from all event and advising requirements for the year s/he is abroad


Resources:

http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/


 

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