An Honors contract is an agreement between a student and faculty mentor to complete for Honors points an academic project in the student’s major field that extends learning beyond regular coursework. This work can be associated with an upper-division course (3000-level or above), a paid or unpaid internship, a research or creative project, a substantial grant application, a community service project, or any other approved academic work. The student’s faculty mentor and departmental Honors advisor evaluate the student’s proposal and sign if approved; the student must submit the proposal to the Honors office by the second week of classes for final approval. Once a contract is approved, the mentor oversees the student’s agreed-upon work and reports briefly on its completion at the end of the contract period.
• Contracts are for Honors students only and are valid only if approved by faculty mentor and departmental Honors advisor
• Contracts need not be connected to a course, but if they are, only upper-division courses are acceptable. Contract work is not graded and does not affect the course grade, but students must earn at least a “B” in any class associated with a contract
• All contracts must yield a final product: a poster, report, syllabus, PowerPoint presentation, event, reflective essay, etc.
• “Incompletes” are not permitted; students must finish the Honors work within the contracted time period
Contract work should enrich the student’s academic experience beyond normal coursework and yield no additional credit. Each contract should demand a minimum of 20 hours of work; students may complete more than one contract for an extensive project, but each part of that longer project must be proposed, approved, and completed as its own contract. The student and mentor must meet (outside of class, if the contract is connected to a course) at least twice per month (minimum six times per semester) to discuss the project. Students must keep a record of mentor meetings and report on those meetings at the end of the semester.