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Advising

Students in EKU Honors have a dedicated honors advisor who is available to help with all things related to honors coursework. Plan to meet with your honors advisor regularly to ensure you are making progress toward graduating as an Honors Scholar.

Kevin Watts is the honors supplemental advisor listed on each honors student’s record and can answer any advising-related questions. Email him or make an¬†appointment to meet with him in person or via Zoom.

Spring 2023 Advising Information

Important Dates to Know:

  • Monday, September 26¬†–¬†Spring 2023 schedule book becomes available in EKU Direct.
  • Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 am EST¬†– Priority registration for honors students with fewer than 90 earned credit hours (not including the hours you’re taking this semester)
  • Have more than 90 earned credit hours (not including Fall 2022 hours)? You can register on¬†Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 am EST

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Fall 2022 is your first semester in the honors program:
Meet with Dr. Coleman, Dr. Polk, and Kevin during HON 100.

  • Beginning¬†Tuesday & Thursday, October 4th & 6th, Dr. Coleman, Dr. Polk, and Kevin will begin advising for Spring 2023. They will be advising during the HON 100 sections, meeting with small groups of students during those times.
  • On¬†Tuesday & Thursday, October 18th & 20th –¬†Dr. Coleman, Dr. Polk, and Kevin will stop by the HON 100 sections to follow-up with students on their advising.
  • If anyone needs extra help, sign up for an individual meeting with Kevin¬†here.

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčSpecial note for elementary education majors or those who are interested in switching to elementary education: please plan to meet with Kevin¬†before fall break¬†at the request of the department!

Fall 2022 is not your first semester in the honors program, but you still have honors seminars to complete (not including thesis):
Complete email advising with Dr. Polk or meet with Dr. Coleman. Any Gold, Flex, or TRCE honors students can choose one of the following options for advising:

  • Complete email advising with Dr. Polk by filling out the Email Advising Request Google form. You will need to be logged in to your EKU account (your EKU email username and password) in order to complete the form. Email advising request forms are due by¬†Monday, October 17¬†in order to receive a response before priority honors registration.
  • Schedule an in-person appointment with Dr. Coleman by signing up for a day and time in his office in University 137. Dr. Coleman will have a legal pad in his office where students can stop by to sign up.Special note for elementary education majors or those who are interested in switching to elementary education: please plan to submit your email advising request form by¬†October 17¬†to email advise with Dr. Polk, or meet in-person with Dr. Coleman¬†before fall break¬†at the request of the department!

You are beginning your honors thesis in Spring 2023:
You must attend an honors thesis orientation session to get the information you need to begin thesis in Spring 2023.

  • Open honors thesis orientation sessions will be held¬†Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19 from 4:00-5:00 pm¬†in University 134.

If you absolutely cannot make any of these sessions, email Dr. Coleman with a detailed explanation of why you cannot attend in order to schedule a makeup session.

You are not beginning your honors thesis in Spring 2023, but you are finished with all of your honors coursework besides thesis.
You don’t need honors advising for Spring 2023. If you have questions about whether you are finished with your honors coursework besides thesis, please email Kevin Watts.

If you are unsure about when you should start your honors thesis, please bring that up with your major advisor during your advising session this spring. The easiest way to start that conversation is to have a plan in place for what classes you plan to take for your remaining semesters. Let Kevin know if you need help creating a plan.

If your DegreeWorks says, “6 hours needed,” and then “6 hours needed in HON 420,” those are the same 6 hours. You are more than likely finished with your honors coursework before thesis.

You are currently in your first semester of HON 420, need to register for your second semester of HON 420 in Spring 2023, and are finished with the rest of your honors coursework.
You don’t need honors advising for Spring 2023. Dr. Coleman will discuss with you in class how to register for 2nd semester of HON 420.

Questions and Answers

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When should I meet with my honors advisor?

We recommend meeting with an honors advisor during the regular advising period in each semester that you still have honors coursework remaining.

Watch your EKU email for specific information about honors advising and honors thesis orientation sessions each semester.

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How do I make an honors advising appointment?

You can make an appointment to meet with Kevin Watts in person or via Zoom.

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When can I register for classes?

Honors students receive priority registration as a ‚Äúdesignated population‚ÄĚ at EKU. You can visit the Colonel’s Compass website to find out when designated populations may register each semester. This information will also be emailed to all honors students in the “This Week in Honors” email.

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What honors classes do I need to take?

Regularly meeting with your honors advisor is the best way to make sure you are on track to complete your honors requirements. You will receive an advising worksheet with notes about your progress each time you meet with an advisor. If you have questions, please email Kevin Watts.

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What honors classes will be offered next semester?

The course list for each semester is first unveiled at pizza supper and then emailed to all students in ‚ÄúThis Week in Honors.‚ÄĚ It is also posted to the advising page for each semester.

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How can I request an override?

Overrides are typically not granted for honors courses because we believe very strongly in keeping our courses small, and our classrooms simply don’t hold a large number of students. If you have a compelling reason to request an override, please complete the form linked on this semester‚Äôs advising page after reviewing this information.

Please do not request overrides from specific honors professors; all requests must be made through the honors office.

Remember, overrides are to get into a class that is closed. Overload requests are to take more than 18 credit hours per semester. The honors office does not grant overload requests; you must request these from your major advisor/department. Look for a link on your department’s website to request an override/overload.

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Other Advising FAQs

Email Kevin Watts if you still have a question that is not answered here.

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Spring 2023 Course List


Looking for specific information about advising for this semester? Email kevin.watts@eku.edu.