Talk to your professor about an honors contract prior to the beginning of the semester, or as soon as you receive a syllabus. While this discussion is important, the ultimate responsibility for designing the Honors contract belongs to you. Be as specific as possible in describing your ideas for the project. Your description must include the specific topic for your project and a timetable for completion.
Collaborative Honors contracts are allowed. However, you and your collaborators must identify a strategy that will enable your professor to grade the work of each member of your team separately at the end of the semester.
Once you and the faculty member agree on a project, complete the form and submit it to the Honors College no later than the third week of classes during fall or spring semesters, or at the end of the first week of summer session classes. Early submissions are highly encouraged.
Acquire course information in order to fill out the honors contract form. You will need to know the department, course number, class number, credits, class title, day(s) of the week, building, room, faculty member name, and faculty email.
Honors College staff will let you know if your contract has been approved or if it needs revision. "Above Class Taken for Honors Credit" will appear on your transcript below the title of the course, as soon as the Office of the Registrar processes your contract.
You will submit your completed project to your instructor for evaluation. Projects are not submitted to the Honors College.
To receive Honors credit, you must receive a grade of B or better in the class. While the course may count toward your degree if you receive a grade lower than B, it will not count toward the Honors notation.
The Honors contract is not a substitute for regular work. To receive Honors credit, the student must complete all regular course work as well as the Honors contract and receive at least a B (not a B-) overall in the class.
Honors contracts must be completed and returned to the Honors College Office by the end of the third week of the fall and spring semester, or by the end of the first week of classes in the summer. Early submission is strongly encouraged.
Honors College staff will review all contracts and notify each student of approval or the need for revision. You are responsible for determining the criteria for evaluating the student's honors contract work. If you have included a built-in honors project in your course syllabus, you may submit one contract to the Honors College office along with the course syllabus and an attached list of names and student ID numbers of each student engaging in the project.
You will assign one grade at the end of the semester which will serve as both the honors grade and the grade for the course. You will determine the weight of the honors project in calculating the final grade.
No instructor or department is required to accept honors contracts. Departments may choose to set up specific guidelines for all students with Honors contracts within the department. If such policies are established, please inform the Honors College Office.
For more information, contact Lisa Ruch.