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E1 Requirement

What is an E1?

The E1 is the enrichment requirement for the Honors College. Students are required to complete one E1 for every semester they are an active honors student. E1s are events that are academically, culturally, or socially enriching in some capacity. These events must beoutside of a student’s major and cannot be a requirement for a class the student is taking. The E1 consists of two activities (see Fall 2020 for details):

  1. Attending an event.
  2. Submitting a written reaction to the event using an E1 form.
    • The submission must be within two weeks of the event and at least one page in length, double-spaced.

Many events that occur on campus, including any event hosted by the Honors College, would qualify as an E1. For example, any guest speaker on campus, a production by the Off-Broadway Players, an academic colloquium, any of the Speaker Series hosted by the Honors Ambassador Council, or a variety of other events put on by University departments and student organizations. We keep an event calendar where students can easily find upcoming E1 opportunities.

Honors will make announcements through our listserv and Twitter account about events that qualify as an E1 event. However, more events happen on campus than we know about, so if students are interested in going to an event they believe may qualify as an E1, they can ask! Just email: Honors.

For Fall 2020

For the Fall 2020 semester, students may use either a virtual event or one of our two alternatives to complete their E1 Requirements. 
Students may either:
  • Attend a virtual event that qualifies as an E1
  • Watch any documentary
  • Read a scholarly, peer-reviewed article that is outside of their major
Students who select to complete their E1 for Fall 2020 with the documentary or scholarly article should treat their respective activity as if that was the "event." Students should only briefly describe or summarize the documentary/article, and then spend the majority of their response reflecting on what they learned, connecting it to other things they have learned, asking questions about the documentary/article, and/or discussing why they would or would not recommend it to someone else. Responses must include the reflection piece. Responses that only consist of a summary will be rejected and the student will be provided an opportunity to revise and resubmit. 
To submit an E1, students email their completed E1 form and reflection to the Honors Office

How do you complete an E1?

First, attend the event!

After the event, you can fill out the E1 form and type up your response. On the form itself, you can fill in your name, ID, major, and some basic information about the event. Then, you will be required to complete a one-page, double-spaced typed response about the event.

The E1 form provides instructions and questions to help guide responses. You are not graded on the E1 response, but we do want you to put thought and effort into your writing. The brief reaction paper is meant to be a quick exercise in critical thinking.

After the E1 form and response are completed, you must submit your form to Honors within two weeks of the event. From there, the E1 will be reviewed and either be approved or rejected. You will receive an email regarding the status of your E1. If it is approved, your E1 requirement for the semester has been satisfied! If it has been rejected, you will receive an email explaining why and possibly giving you the opportunity to re-write it.

Please remember that, to be approved, E1s are due within two weeks after the event.

E1s are designed to enrich students and encourage involvement within the larger campus-wide community. It is a crucial component to the Honors College experience for students.

  • Here is an example of how to approach the E1 reflection component: Sample E1 (pdf).
  • Here is the form that you will need complete and submit with your E1 reflection: E1 Form (pdf).

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

Are you putting on an event that you think would count as an E1?Let us know! We can publish information about the event to our honors students.