Honors Contracts

An Honors contract enables an Honors student to earn Honors credit in a non-Honors course. Creating and completing an Honors contract allows a student to expand her/his 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 a student and professor setting the parameters of the independent study project. There is no penalty for canceling or not completing an Honors contract.

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

  • Work with the instructor and submit a signed Honors contract to the Honors office for approval before the end of the fifth week of classes
  • 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.
  • 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 Service-Learning contracts are also available. To earn an Honors Service-Learning designation, a student must meet all of the requirements of an Honors contract in addition to performing service hours and completing a reflective piece. As Honors Service-Learning is a dual designation, such contracts typically require a research component in addition to service hours, a reflective component, and sometimes a presentation component. All Honors Service-Learning contracts must involve (and be signed by) the campus service-learning coordinator.

Honors contracts and Honors Service-Learning contracts are available in the Honors office.