Honors Contracts

An Honors Contract enables Honors students to earn Honors credit in a non-Honors course. Creating and completing an Honors Contract allows students to expand their understanding of the course material by pursuing an independent study of a subject in greater depth. The student is expected to spend a minimum of 15 hours beyond the regular coursework in completing the contract. The Honors Contract is a formal agreement between the student and professor setting the parameters of the independent study project.  

To receive credit for an Honors Contract, students must complete all of the following: 

  • Submit a signed Honors Contract to the Honors office for approval
  • Spend a minimum of 15 hours beyond regular class work in completing the project
  • Meet with the course instructor a minimum of 3 times outside of regularly scheduled class time
  • Earn a minimum grade of B in the course and receive a pass on the project from the professor
  • Satisfactorily complete the project with instructor approval by the end of the semester in which the course is taken

Examples of Honors Contracts:

  • Read articles in current professional or scientific journals and produce a substantial research paper. 
  • Do a community service project that applies the course material, keep a journal, and present information to the class or an appropriate club. 
  • Undertake supplemental experimental work or a sustained semester-long project in a lab. 
  • Study current debates among professionals on a specific issue in order to prepare a position paper, do field research, and present a project to the class or an appropriate club.
  • Study one artist or author in depth and write an extended critical analysis.
  • Complete any project you choose to develop with your cooperating instructor that achieves measurable, honors-caliber learning outcomes.

Honors Contracts are available in the Honors Office. Feel free to call or visit the Honors Office with additional questions regarding Honors Contracts.