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James Scholar FAQ

The Rape of Lucretia, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, February 2019, Photo by Darrell Hoemann

Am I required to take a specific course as an FAA James Scholar during my first semester at Illinois?

No, you are required to select an activity from the James Scholar honors points table at the beginning of the term. You must complete this activity during the term in order to earn your required 2 points.

What is the James Scholar honors point table?

The honors points table outlines the options that you may choose from at the beginning of each term.

Do I have to submit an honors plan in the James Scholar Database?

Yes, all James Scholars are required to submit an honors plan in the James Scholar Database during the first three weeks for the term. You must also submit an update to your honors plan during the last three weeks of the term. Please check the Honors web page for the specific deadlines.

Can I select two options in the James Scholar Database and earn more than 2 points each term?

No, you may select only one option per term. The maximum number of points that can be earned each term is 2.

I have selected "Complete an Honors Project in a Course." How do I submit an honors credit learning agreement?

If you choose to complete an honors project in a course, you must submit an honors credit learning agreement to the FAA Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and select this as your honors plan in the James Scholar Database.

The option I chose states, "Honors Dean preapproval required." How do I obtain approval?

You must first select this option in the James Scholar Database and submit all of the information requested in the honors points table. Once that is submitted, the Honors Dean will review and approve your submission through the James Scholar Database.

If I am taking an honors course through the Campus Honors Program, do I have to submit an honors credit learning agreement?

You must select "Complete an Honors Project in a Course" as your honor plan in the James Scholar Database, but you do not need to submit the honors credit learning agreement if the course is already designated an honors course.

How do I join the James Scholar Honors Program?

The application rules vary for continuing students and transfer students. Please refer to "How Do I Become a James Scholar?" on the Honors web page.

Does submitting the self-nomination form guarantee admission to the James Scholar Honors Program?

No, admission to the program is competitive due to a limited number of spots available. Selected students will be notified one week after the application deadline.

If I am dropped from the James Scholar program, will I have another opportunity to join?

If circumstances require you to leave the program for a semester, a student petition is necessary to resume participation. You may submit a student petition during the first two weeks of the following semester for consideration.

My honors plan is not working out. May I select another honors plan?

Please contact Honors Dean Zelda Gardner to discuss your situation.

How do I keep up with James Scholar information?

Detailed information about the requirements of the program can always be found on the Honors web page. Updates about events or new campus opportunities can be found by following @FAAScholars on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to read the FAA James Scholar e-newsletter for monthly updates.