Did you know you can receive Honors credit for ANY course 300-level or above even if it's not offered as an Honors course?

What is an Honors Contract?

An Honors contract is an enhancement of a regular course that is arranged between the student and the course instructor before the course begins. Honors contracts allow the student to receive Honors credit for a course that isn't already an Honors section.

With this contract opportunity, an Honors student and a faculty member agree in writing to a set of learning experiences to be accomplished in order to receive Honors credit for a course in which the student is enrolled. In developing a contract, the motivating force should be the student's interest in some aspect of the subject matter since they are committing to more intensive and advanced work than is required in a regular course. Faculty should recognize that contracts bring both an obligation to commit additional time to the student and the reward of closer intellectual relationships with high-achieving students.

Examples:

  • Biology course - Write 3-5 page essay on anything relating to cellular biology (topic must be approved by professor) and attend monthly meetings to discuss the paper and its contents.
  • English course - Produce either three extra flash-fiction pieces or submit another short-story of 'regular' length in final portfolio.
  • Engineering course - Research and give a presentation on hardware security primitives that use solid-state fundamentals.
  • Engineering course - Design and implementation of a 16-bit Instruction Set Architecture (ISA)
  • Math course - Perform the work associated with the graduate level of the class (MA 506). This includes additional, more in-depth material from the text and more challenging homework and exam problems, as detailed in the course syllabus.

Steps to Completing an Honors Contract

1. Register for the course in the usual way.

2. Approach the course instructor to seek approval to contract the course before the semester begins. Agree upon how you will engage with the course material in a more intensive way in order to "honorize" the course.

3. Submit a Contract Proposal Form (due the 10th day of class, but it's recommended that you submit the form well before then).

4. Perform the work required of all students in the course, and in addition, complete the agreed-upon activities and/or assignments to fulfill the Honors contract.

5. Once you have received a grade for the course, submit the Credit Completion Form to receive Honors credit for the course. 

More questions?

For further information about the guidelines, student and faculty responsibilities, and some sample activities, see the Honors Handbook.