Non-Honors courses can count as upper level Honors courses by contracting the course. Please read the following before submitting an Honors contract.
What courses can be contracted to count towards Honors Program requirements?
- Upper level non-Honors courses (numbered 3000 to 4999)
- Graduate courses (5000 or higher) or undergraduate courses cross-listed with graduate courses
- Independent studies
Two other conditions must be met for a course to be contracted for Honors credit:
- Courses cannot have Honors equivalents offered in the same semester (e.g. A student cannot contract Physics 2021 in a semester where Physics 2921 is offered)
- Courses must be 3 or more credits
What must be done to successfully contract a course?
For upper level non-Honors courses (numbered 3000 to 4999): The student and professor must agree on an extra component in addition to the standard course requirements. This can be an extra research paper, project, literature review, experience that qualitatively enhances the course for the student. The above list is by no means exhaustive—a different kind of project can be determined at the professor’s discretion. Click here for some examples of past successful projects.
For graduate courses (5000 or higher) or undergraduate courses cross-listed with graduate courses: No extra component needs to be added to student requirements to make it count towards Honors requirements—only confirmation that student will be held accountable for completing the graduate-level syllabus. A contract proposal form must be submitted to the Honors office in order for the Honors staff to know that the student wishes the course to count towards their Honors Program requirements. PLEASE NOTE: Graduate courses must first be cleared with your college advising unit to ensure that they will count towards graduation requirements.
For independent studies: As long as the independent study is not required for a student's major requirements, then no extra component needs to be added to make it count towards Honors requirements, however a contract proposal form must be submitted to the Honors office in order for the Honors staff to know that the student wishes the course to count towards their Honors Program requirements.
What is the process for contracting a course?
We recommend that students begin the process of contracting a course by meeting with their professor to determine a suitable extra component for their studies. Once agreed upon, the student must complete and submit the Honors Contract form (see below) at the beginning of the semester (by the end of the add/drop period). No contracts will be approved if they are turned in later, unless the student has cleared it previously with an Honors advisor. The Honors staff will reach out the professor at the end of the semester to verify that the student successfully completed the contract. Honors will then designate the course for Honors credit only after a final grade of a B+ or higher has been granted.
How many contracts can a student use towards meeting Honors Program requirements?
A student is allowed a maximum of two contracts to count towards their upper level Honors requirements. Students who determine that they will need more than two contracts must submit a Petition for Additional Contracts to the Honors office. See an advisor for more information.