Honors Contract

Students may take upper-division (3000 and 4000 level) courses in their major or minor fields of study as Honors Contracts. In addition, a lower-division (2000 level) course that is never included in our offerings may also qualify.  An Honors Contract refers to a course not listed as Honors that is allowed to count for Honors credit. In order to take a course as an Honors Contract, the student and course instructor must agree upon unique course requirements or projects that justify Honors credit. The contract is an agreement between the student and instructor concerning the work necessary to justify Honors credit for a non-Honors course. Students may request Honors Contract approval by following the guidelines given below. Students may receive Honors credit in unlimited upper-division courses, but Honors College graduates can only apply a maximum of four (4) hours credit toward the 11-hour, upper-division Honors College graduation requirement.

Guidelines for approval of Honors Contracts: Enrollment in regular upper-division classes for Honors credit will be based on the written agreement between the student and faculty member. The following conditions apply:

  • The student must co-write the Honors Contract with the instructor of the course to provide for an enriched or accelerated experience.

  • The student must submit the Honors Contract application (signed by the instructor), the regular course syllabus, and the specifics of the Honors Contract work in essay form (300-500 words), to the Honors College for approval.

  • The deadline submission dates are September 30th for Fall courses and February 15th for Spring courses.

  • Students will be notified via email if their Honors Contract request has not been approved by the dean.


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