An honors contract is a plan of study that simulates, as much as possible, the experience of honors coursework. Can't find a course or section that's offered? Is there a particular subject you want to explore? Consider creating a contract to make any of your courses an honors-level course.
To create a valid Honors Contract, you must:
In order for a contract to be accepted and fulfilled, you must:
To submit your proposal, you must:
Read through the instructions for creating an honors contract. Then speak to the Honors Coordinator on your campus and inform him/her of your intention to pursue an Honors contract for the semester. Let the Coordinator know which class and professor you want to approach for the honors contract.
Attend the class for a week, familiarize yourself with the course syllabus, and formulate project ideas you can discuss with the professor. Then make an appointment with your professor to discuss your ideas and give them the instructions for faculty. Be punctual and prepared for the discussion. The contract project, and the decision to allow you to complete an honors contract, is up to your professor. It is your responsibility to develop the contract and project — not your professor’s.
Once you have your professor’s approval, complete and submit the contract proposal form by the deadline. Submit the contract to the Honors Coordinator on the campus where the course is being taught.
Your proposal will be reviewed twice to ensure that all contracts adhere to the program standards for rigor and quality. The first review is through the Honors Contract Committee. The second review is the District Honors Contract Committee.
Over the semester, you’ll work to complete your proposal. Set up a regular meeting with your professor to track your progress and discuss any obstacles that come up. Once your project is complete, consider presenting at a conference such as the National Conference of Undergraduate Research or the Great Plains Honors Conference.