Addendum Process for Students

Submit your addendum proposal to earn honors credits.

An addendum is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to work independently under the supervision of a faculty member. You might think of it as practice for the sort of work that you will do for your thesis. It is your project.

To initiate an addendum, approach your instructor early in the semester to create an addendum proposal. Ideally, you will have an idea for the content and the form of the addendum. You and your instructor should discuss the addendum and agree on:

  • Its nature or form.
  • The length or quantity of work.
  • The deadline(s).
  • At least three criteria for evaluating the addendum (see list below).

Your addendum proposal should include the four items above. It is due the Friday of the fourth week of the semester. 

The Honors Program director or associate director will review the proposal and return it to you as either "accepted" or "revise and resubmit." If the proposal requires revision, you will have two weeks to revise the proposal and return it. The director or associate director will provide feedback and be available to meet with you about the proposal.

Note: Some instructors prefer not to work with Honors Program students on addendums. In these cases, it is best to choose another course for your addendum.

Criteria for evaluating the addendum

Select at least three of these criteria for evaluation of your addendum.

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. Your addendum might combine two or more of these or pursue something entirely different.

Cal U Honors Addendum Form - Print and complete

Cal U Honors Addendum Form - Fillable PDF