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Addendums

California University of Pennsylvania Honors Program Addendum Instructions and Information 

An addendum is an opportunity for a student to earn Honors credits for a non-Honors course.  Students gain a deeper understanding of the course content by independently pursuing a meaningful project which has been mutually created by the student and the instructor and extends beyond the typical course work.  Students should expect to devote a quarter to a third more effort to a class with an addendum than one without. 

An Honors addendum allows a student to:

  • Explore a subject of interest in greater depth, detail, or creativity;
  • Pursue work that might contribute to his or her Honors Thesis Project;
  • Pursue work that might provide the basis for a conference presentation, publication, or graduate school application;
  • Learn more about current research and developments in a particular disciplinary area.

An Honors addendum allows an instructor to:

  • Mentor a student on a research project;
  • Explore aspects of a course beyond the scope of the syllabus;
  • Explore potentially new areas of research and inquiry.

Addendum Proposals

In order to initiate an addendum a student must approach his or her instructor early in the semester to create an addendum proposal.  Ideally, the student will have an idea for the content and the form of the addendum.  The student and instructor should discuss the addendum and agree on the following elements:

  • the form;
  • the length or quantity of work;
  • the deadline(s);
  • At least three criteria for evaluation of addendum (see below).

The addendum proposal should include the four items above.  It is due the Friday of the fourth week.  The director or associate director will review the proposal and return it to the student as either "accepted" or "revise and resubmit."  If the proposal requires revision the student will have two weeks to revise the proposal and return it.  The director or associate will provide feedback and be available to meet with the student.

Criteria for Evaluation

The addendum will allow the student to: 

1. have greater participation in and engagement with the course.

2. meet higher performance expectations than regular students.

3. complete more advanced supplemental reading, especially from primary sources.

4. complete more opportunities for writing, and at a higher standard.

5. have more opportunities for presentations to the class or to campus audiences.

6. pursue greater enhancement of critical thinking skills.

7. explore the subject matter of the class in greater depth and/or breadth, especially requiring synthesis of different points of view.

8. have more opportunities for self-initiated research, engaging with current research in a discipline or field, via original work, conference attendance, or exchanges with authorities in the discipline or field.

9. use resources or consultants from beyond the campus, such as university libraries and community figures and so forth. 

10. pursue opportunities for publication or public presentation of work in a journal and/or at local or national conferences.

11. integrate ideas from a variety of sources, particularly in interdisciplinary contexts.

12. participate in community-based experiences: interviews, cultural events, service learning.

13. explore classroom leadership: leading study groups, class discussion, assisting in preparation and delivery of instructional material.

14. socialize within the norms and expectations of a discipline or field.

15. ______________________________________________________________ (create your own)

16. ______________________________________________________________ (create your own)

Students have completed a wide variety of addendums in a wide variety of courses.  Some examples of past work include:

  • an in-depth term paper on a topic selected by the student;
  • an in-depth book review or review essay on a book or books related to the course;
  • a literature review on a particular issue in a particular field or discipline;
  • a presentation or series of in-class presentations on topics not covered in class;
  • a creative project which reflects the subject matter of the class;
  • a software application or website that contributes to student learning in the classrooms;
  • a lecture or seminar delivered to the class on a topic or topics not covered by classmates;
  • a problem set(s) or laboratory work that extends the coursework beyond that presented to the other students. 

These are suggestions rather than requirements.  A student's addendum might combine two or more of these or pursue something entirely different.

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