Non-Honors courses can count as upper level Honors courses by contracting the course. Please read the following before submitting an Honors contract. The Honors contract submission form is only open during the first two weeks of classes.
What courses can be contracted to count towards Honors Program requirements?
- Upper level non-Honors courses (numbered 2000 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 contracts in upper level non-Honors courses (numbered 2000 to 4999): The student and professor must agree on an extra Honors component in addition to the standard course requirements. This can be an extra research paper, project, literature review, presentation or any experience that qualitatively enhances the course for the student. This list is by no means exhaustive—the Honors-qualifying project is an agreement between the professor and the student. Because this project is not part of the grading rubric for the students taking the course, it should not be factored into the course grade. For it to count for Honors course contract credit, however, the quality of the project and final grade must be worth a B+ or better. 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 the 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.
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.
How to submit an Honors Contract
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 request (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 to after a final grade of a B+ or higher has been granted.
To submit an Honors Contract, login to TUPortal and click on My Courses. Next to the course you want to contract, click the Info icon. One the course info loads, click the “Honors Contract” button. From here, you’ll need to add a description of the additional component for the course if you are contracting a standard undergraduate course. If you are contracting an independent study or graduate course, please just write that in the agreement description box. Click Submit and you’re done. Click here for some screenshots with directions. From there it will be approved or denied by the faculty and our staff. You can check the status of your contract on TUPortal at any time. Complete the course and (if applicable) the added component with a B+ and you will earn your Honors contract!